Halley's career path started forming during the summer of 2015 when she studied abroad in Kenya through St. Lawrence University's study abroad program. While there, she met many people who wanted an education and opportunities to improve their lives. She witnessed the many challenges Kenyans face on a daily basis and realized all the opportunities open to her because she attends a well-rounded liberal arts college like St. Lawrence. Upon returning from Kenya, she applied to the McNair and CSTEP programs to help with her educational dream of pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. In the summer of 2016 following her second semester abroad, this time in Australia, Halley conducted research with her former professor Dr. Peter Pettengill on the Impact of Snorkeling and Scuba Diving to the Great Barrier Reef.
Halley graduated from St. Lawrence University in May of 2017 and began her Master in Social Work at Boston College the following Fall.