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Giving to Merrimack

Michael Marcoux '79

For the first eight years of his professional career, Michael Marcoux ’79 lived a double life.  By day, he was a guidance counselor at Andover High School, helping kids sort through everything from relationships to college choices.  By night, he was an emergency clinician at Lawrence Mental Health Center, navigating crises that included suicide attempts, substance abuse and psychotic breakdowns.

Eventually, the kids won out.  Mike has advised the senior class at Andover High School for 25 of his 27 year tenure there.

Mike originally chose Merrimack College because his father suffered a heart attack during Mike’s senior year of high school and Mike wanted to stay and help out his family.  He first became intrigued by the field of psychology during a high school class.  At Merrimack, he was able to work closely with the psychology faculty and explore specific topics in-depth.  The head of the education department convinced him to take education courses as well, just to keep his career options open.  Following graduation, Mike entered the master’s degree program in counseling and education at Tufts University.

Mike’s rapid career leaps were made easier by his own experiences at Merrimack.  “Merrimack is a wonderful, wonderful institution,” says Mike, who has served on the College’s Alumni Council in previous years.  “I think Merrimack really does try to empower lives while enlightening minds.  Most important of all, Merrimack encourages students to take risks and to help others.  Many colleges state that as their mission, but people at Merrimack live it.”