Alexis’s Story

Getting Outside My Comfort Zone.

My name is Alexis. I’m a junior at Western Michigan University. Doing things outside of my comfort zone changed my life!

I started college as an accounting major. I have great organizational skills and a good work ethic and thought this was the right career for me.  It was predictable and looking back, it felt safe.

Getting outside of my comfort zone started when I took an entrepreneur class.  I realized I wanted to be a business owner. I changed my major to entrepreneurship and added food service administration to my degree plan.  I also decided I needed to see more of the world. I enrolled in a short study abroad program in the Dominican Republic.

I won’t lie – I was absolutely terrified to leave the U.S.  However, it was the best decision that I’ve made in college.  After three study abroad experiences and two more pending for the summer of 2017, I am a changed person.

I love immersing myself in the culture of other countries and have become passionate about global and international studies. I’m looking forward to many more adventures!

Being in foster care teaches you that you have to speak up for yourself.  Your ability to succeed is in your hands. You have to be your own best advocate.  Education is an investment you make in yourself and your future.  Education is the one possession that no one will ever be able to take away from you. It’s the key to improving your circumstances.  Getting an education will also help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to be an asset to your employer, your family, and your community.