Erica in the Perkinson Art Gallery

Erica Reyes


Art Therapy

Art Department

June 5, 2022 9:06 PM


  1. What performance learning opportunities did you have as an Art Therapy major at Millikin University and how do you feel that prepares you for your next steps? 

As an art therapy major, Millikin requires us to take three different 40-hour internships over three semesters. I interned at Growing Strong Sexual Assault Center, Macon Resources Inc., and HSHS St. Mary's Adolescent Psychiatric Unit. These internships were able to help me see what paths I do not want to take, and which I want to explore more. They provided me steppingstones into understanding how to I will be working in the field. I was able to actually conduct my own art therapy sessions with different clientele, which has also provided insight for me to see this is really what I want to do. Going to graduate school after this, I feel a lot more prepared knowing I will understand the concepts my professors will be talking about and believe the opportunities here will help me get better internship opportunities in the future as well. I have a better understanding of what direction I want to go towards, and I have the Art Therapy Program at Millikin to thank for that.

2. What honors did you earn during your time as a Millikin Student?

During my time at Millikin, I won a handful of awards. Freshman Year I was awarded Most Outstanding Freshman Long-Vanderburg Scholar. Sophomore Year I was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. And Senior Year, I received most successes being awarded: 2022 Greek Sorority Member Recognition; Honors Convocation Jan Devore Award Winner; and 2022 Commencement Speaker.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


  1. What made you decide to major in art therapy?

I originally planned to major in the sciences, however, after figuring out that wasn't really for me, my mom helped me see art was something I was passionate about. After seeing that, my high school art teacher helped me look into different career paths within the arts, and she showed me art therapy, as she knew I was interested in psychology as well. From there I did research in the field and after looking at different programs, I decided that's what I wanted to do.





​4. Do you have plans for after graduation?

After graduation, I will be moving to Chicago to attend Adler University in the Fall to work towards earning my MFA in Art Therapy.