Alexis Cherven

Alexis Cherven Student

Midland, Michigan
High School
H.H. Dow High School
Exercise Science - Kinesiology
College of Health Professions
May 2016
When I joined the Health Professions Residential College, I had no idea what it would mean to me. I’ve made a lot of friends and have had so many opportunities to better myself and prepare for the future. Everyone on the two floors of the HPRC is preparing for a career in the health professions, so when I come back from class and talk about what I’ve learned, they actually understand. It’s a positive and motivating environment.
In middle school I made up my mind that I wanted to be a physical therapist, and my desire has only gotten stronger with all of the opportunities I’ve had at CMU. My interest started because I was involved in gymnastics and was exposed to injuries. I went to a lot of physical therapy, and all the therapists I met loved their jobs. They didn’t just treat injuries, they wanted to prevent them, and they were always happy. I want to follow in their footsteps.
College can be a lot of fun with so many opportunities. Don’t be afraid to try new things. I never would have known that I could be passionate about teaching group fitness until I tried it. If high school wasn’t your thing, college is the time to learn, grow and do new things to prepare for the future. Get involved as much as possible, use all the resources and be happy.
Central is the only school I applied to. I traveled to other universities and nothing compared to how I felt at CMU. There were students at every corner who were friendly and saying, “Hi,” and I was interested in the physical therapy program here. I’m a positive, upbeat person and to find something similar to that here was nice for me.
In high school I was more on the shy side, but in college I wanted to get more involved and find myself. There are so many activities that people at CMU introduce you to, making it easier than figuring it out on your own. I participated in a lot of leadership conferences and served on the Student Advisory Board to build my leadership experience.
I want to be a physical therapist to help people achieve their goals and get back to a healthy lifestyle. I want to be a positive influence so they leave therapy with a smile on their face. When they leave, I want them to think, “I really like her as a physical therapist, and if I had an injury again that’s who I’d go see.“
  • President of the Pre-Physical Therapy Club
  • Serves on the Student Advisory Board for the Health Professions Residential College
  • Alpha Leadership Experience facilitator
  • Residence Life group fitness coordinator and instructor
  • Special Olympics volunteer
  • Connections Leadership Conference participant
  • LeaderShape Institute participant