Leaving her Comfort Zone
As a peer support advocate, Brittany Millard, a 2018 psychology graduate, works with clients at the Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance (GRMHA) evaluating their mental health goals and connecting them with the appropriate services. Millard was offered the full-time position following an internship with GRMHA in her senior year.
Millard’s real-world learning opportunity enhanced her knowledge, skills and values outside the traditional academic setting. In addition to working full-time, Millard is working toward her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Immaculata University. Millard plans to pursue a counseling career working with military personnel or veterans.
She credits her undergraduate advisor for giving her the ambition to reach higher. “I always say that the best decision I’ve made in my life so far has been coming to Alvernia. And that’s because of how much I have grown and changed.”
“My advisor pushed me to come out of my comfort zone and set bigger goals. I went from not being able to speak in class to presenting at a national conference,” said Millard who presented her research at the 2017 Eastern Psychological Conference.
Millard says she was very shy when she enrolled at Alvernia, so presenting her research on stress and burnout in the nursing field was a huge accomplishment for her.
Class of 2018