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Alexis Misany

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Hometown: Chesterfield, MI

Program: MA

Book I would recommend: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

Favorite Quote: “An eye for an eye just leaves the whole world blind.”

What would people be surprised to know about you? 

I started doing gymnastics when I was 18 months old. I started competing around the country when I was 10 and continued until I graduated high school (or rather when COVID shut down the world). Since then, I have been coaching at the gym I competed at. I coach anyone from 12 months to 18 years boys and girls, team or recreational.

Name a cause you are passionate about.

My main passion is working with kids. In the end, I want to make sure every child has at least one environment or person that makes them feel safe, wanted, and appreciated.

Why did you choose MSP?

MSP highlights diversity and inclusion. You can tell that they do not just speak on these topics and issues, but act on them as well. I wanted to be at a place where no matter who I was around, I felt equal.

What do you want to do with your degree?

I mainly want to work with kids. I want every child to feel like they are meant to be in this world. If I can be the difference for just one child, I will feel like my job in life has been fulfilled.

How did you first get interested in the mental health profession?

I would say that it was a number of things that all led to my final decision. Between learning about my mother and her sibling’s struggles growing up, to being the person everyone always asked for help, to going through my own struggles. All of this put together put me on the track to finding my future.