For Alexis Nelson ’17, finding a college that was close to home and offered a variety of ways to get involved was what persuaded her to attend Marian University.
“Marian was the perfect choice,” said Alexis, a biology major and environmental science minor from Amherst. “When I toured Marian, I really enjoyed the small campus size and the variety of opportunities, both in and outside of the classroom. I knew I could succeed here.”
Alexis’ goal for her college experience was not only to succeed in her academics, but also to get involved on campus through clubs and organizations. Alexis currently serves as a student mentor, president of the Science and Math Association, and is a member of the honors program and Alpha Xi Delta sorority. She also serves as a tutor in the Writing Center and is a work study student in the Office of Financial Aid and the Center for Academic Support and Excellence.
“I wanted to make the most of my college experience and knew that Marian was the place to do that,” said Alexis. “It’s really easy to get involved on campus and engage with students as well as the faculty and staff. It’s been great to meet new people and expand my worldview. I wouldn’t be able to do so much without the financial assistance I’ve received here – especially through the Wisconsin Grant.”
Without financial assistance, many students aren’t able to make the investment in a college education.
“Working in the Office of Financial Aid, you learn so much about the financial aid process and the challenges that many students – like me – face, both in Wisconsin and across the nation,” said Alexis. “There are a variety of financial resources out there, and I really enjoy working to help others understand just how important financial aid and scholarships are to students.”
“I chose Marian University because I knew about the personal support and financial assistance that was available,” added Alexis. “Marian supports each and every student, and I’ve never felt like ‘just a number,’ whether I’m asking a question about financial aid or out and about on campus. That’s why I’ve been able to take on so many roles here, and embrace my college experience.”
Alexis’ passion lies in working with animals, and she is currently applying to summer research internships to expand her classroom knowledge and assist her in her goals following graduation.
“I would love to work with animals, either in a rehabilitation center or in a wildlife management position,” said Alexis. “My Marian experience has definitely opened my eyes to a variety of possibilities and has given me the skills to succeed. As I get closer to graduation, I can reflect on how Marian has played an integral role in achieving my goals, and has helped me to become the person I am today.”