Alexis Asher has a story more than a few college students can relate to and with a happy ending that puts Cinderella’s to shame.
She reluctantly enrolled at Macomb after high school because, she says, “My mom told me I was going to college.” A lack of interest coupled with two jobs resulted in academic probation and the loss of her financial aid. Dropping out for awhile, Asher returned in 2016 with a newfound sense of purpose and the conviction that she could do better.
“At one point, I had a grade point average less than 2.0. That was unacceptable,” shares Asher. “Now I’m on the dean’s list, and I’ve become that person at parties that always wants to talk about school.”
Asher graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree in May and is now pursuing a certificate in Behavioral Sciences. It’s the start of a career path that she discovered after googling “psychology” on the Internet. Her plans are to work with those on the Autism disorder spectrum as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCABA) and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), which require bachelor and master degrees, respectively.
“I was looking for a career that lets me help as many people as I can by working one-on-one with them.” says Asher, who soon starts a job with a home support network for those with autism. “I will be helping them manage everyday and other tasks.”
Asher is planning to transfer to Wayne State University, which offers a program tied directly to earning a BCABA and BCBA. She also intends to earn a doctorate. It’s quite a turnaround from her first attempt at college, Asher acknowledges, and she gives credit to some of the mentors she’s had along the way.
“The teachers here are excellent, especially Dr. Wickline (psychology professor), who is amazing,” says Asher. “I didn’t realize when I started here that everyone is more than willing to help you. Thankfully, I came to Macomb first because if had taken seven years of classes at a university, I’d be drowning in debt.”
Asher, who continues to work multiple jobs, is on a work study-assignment in Macomb’s Admissions Department. This summer, it gave her the chance to practice that one-on-one technique that will be so crucial in her future career.
“I got to go through the admissions process with my little sister,” says Asher. “Like I told her, Macomb is an awesome place. I am glad I came back.”