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November 10, 2023 Erica Hulse
Alexis Mowen

“I didn’t apply to any other schools. I didn’t visit any other schools. I was just dead set on coming to UofL,” shared Alexis Mowen, College of Business Student Council President and Bachelor of Business Administration student, reflecting on her decision to earn her undergraduate degree at the University of Louisville.

Making a Case for the Future

Initially invited to attend the Summer Law Institute at UofL as a high school sophomore, the passion Mowen felt when visiting the campus solidified her choice of college, telling her parents, “This is definitely where I’m going.” Upon beginning her first year as a UofL student, her connection to the campus grew. “It’s a very community-based campus,” she noted.

Focused on pursuing a career in law, Mowen was drawn to an undergraduate business administration degree because of the valuable insights that knowledge of business processes could provide along with a Juris Doctor. “I want to practice business law, corporate law, contract law, somewhere in that area, and I thought a business degree would help me a lot,” she shared. “Also, if I wanted to get my MBA along with going to law school, a business degree would help me with that as well.”

Balancing the Scales of Wellness

Support from faculty has made a significant impact on Mowen throughout her program and speaks to the commitment instructors in the College make to consider the whole student. This was exemplified by the support she received from accounting instructor Ralph Rowland. “I was having some health problems, and he could tell. I would email him saying, ‘I am in so much pain, I cannot get to class today,’ and he would make sure that I was okay, [and] made sure that I understood [the material]. He just really helped me a lot.”

Hoping to normalize health challenges within the student community and spread mental health awareness, Mowen elaborated on her battles with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. “I think it’s so important to be open about that and talk about it. If you can talk about it, other people can too, making them feel more comfortable.” She also touched on how she has developed a strong support system on campus through her close community of friends. “At first, I was like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t do this,’ but… I’ve made amazing friends on campus who have helped me.”

Sharing a Positive Testimony

Desiring to leave a lasting impact on not only her classmates but the College, Mowen decided to run for Student Council President for the 2023-24 academic year. “My experience has been so positive, and I know that other students come in, and maybe they don’t know how to create a positive experience when they aren’t shown one at first. I want to…reverse that negative outlook…that they might have had.” She also encourages those students who may be considering running for a student council position to take the leap, even if it may feel uncomfortable. “It’s really hard to get yourself out of your comfort zone. I know there are other people like me who are a little bit more introverted, so it takes a little bit more of a push, but once you get past that first step, it’s a lot easier from there.”

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