Michelle Cahill

Michelle Cahill

Retention Specialist
College of Health & Social Sciences


BA in French from Seattle University
MS in Counseling (focusing on career and college counseling) from San Francisco State University

What's your favorite part of your job?
Sometimes staff and faculty can be intimidating, I love being an approachable resource for tips, support and encouragement.

What's the best class you've ever taken?
I loved my Hebrew Bible classes in college! I loved how the professor would somewhat regularly start class by describing the coffee mishap she had had earlier that day. She embraced and owned her awkwardness. Last but not least, her passion for thinking critically about theology was infectious!

About me (likes & hobbies):

I am learning to play the baritone ukulele, I swing dance, dabble in art, enjoy sleeping and watching YouTube, am a cat lover, Ravenclaw and enjoy mindfulness in nature.

What excites you about helping students graduate from SF State?
After I graduated with my BA, I had a quarter life crisis, tried a variety of jobs and spent two years meeting regularly with my mentor to discuss what I wanted to do with my life. My mentor was so amazing throughout that challenging time and I seek to emulate her in my work. I enjoy helping students wrestle with career and major decisions and I love finding creative ways for students to meet their goals–graduation being one of them!

What advice do you have for SF State Gators?
"I looked at her and said, "What if your goal for the race isn't to win or even get out of the water at the same time as the other girls? What if your goal is to show up and get wet?"  She was the last one out of the pool.  The other swimmers had already left the deck, and there were girls standing on the blocks ready for the next heat. When she finally made her way to us, she was smiling and a little tearful. She looked at her dad and me and said, "That was pretty bad, but I did it. I showed up and I got wet. I was brave."" — Brené Brown, from her book Daring Greatly