Student Spotlight: Alexis Reisch

Alexis Reisch

Alexis Reisch
Major: Associate in Science

When Alexis Reisch was looking at colleges, she hoped to attend a four-year institution on a tennis scholarship. But after exploring her options, she could not find the right school for her.

“College of DuPage was the best choice for me,” she said. “It offered so many opportunities, one of which was leadership development.”

In addition to playing tennis for one year, Reisch took part in the Living Leadership program and New Student Orientation. She liked that freshmen and sophomores could become officers of clubs and organizations, which would not happen at a four-year school, and she became active in Haven, a student club that deals with human rights in regards to different cultures and religions.

Reisch also participated in a research project with Psychology Professor Ken Gray involving how different mindsets affect outcomes. Gray, Associate Professor of Sociology Mary Jean Cravens and others helped broaden her analytical skills. In 2013, she was named one of the two Outstanding Graduates at College of DuPage.

At the University of Illinois at Chicago, Reisch is studying neuroscience and received the Transfer Merit Award that covered full tuition for one semester. She also was accepted into the Honors College and participated in the school’s Undergraduate Research Experience (URE) program, working in a psychiatry lab interpreting results from a diabetes study. She then received the Honors College Tuition Waiver for one semester.

Reisch is now working in a cognitive neuroscience lab associated with the College of Medicine/Department of Psychiatry where she will complete her senior year Honor’s Capstone Project. In addition, she is starting a chapter of Nu Rho Psi, which is the national honor society for neuroscience.

Outside of the classroom, Reisch participated on a volunteer trip with Alternative Spring Break doing forest restoration work in Tennessee and volunteered with a student organization called Project ESTEEM (Enrichment of Science Through Exposure to Experimental Models), where she went to shelters to expose children to science.

After earning her bachelor’s degree, Reisch wants to continue on to graduate school and would like to conduct research related to emotional trauma and abuse.

“I’ve always done what everyone else wanted me to do,” she said. “College of DuPage helped me find my own voice. The faculty and staff really opened my eyes, and I learned how to explore what I wanted to do.”

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