Accounting Student Finds Her Passion in Teaching Others

Accounting student at Rasmussen

When Alexis Bohman became a tutor at Rasmussen University for the School of Business, she thought she would be “just dipping her toes into the role.” However, with a rising demand for lead tutors, Alexis jumped into the lead role feetfirst, inspiring students and faculty alike.

A New Beginning

Three years ago, Alexis didn’t anticipate going back to school. She focused her time on raising three children and working full time to support their futures. “I wanted to make sure they had everything they needed growing up.”

Then the unexpected happened. Alexis found out her position was removed at her company. She was now unemployed.

Instead of getting discouraged, Alexis viewed the change as an opportunity. “I always encouraged my kids to find the positive to the negative, and what happened to me is a perfect example.” When her family asked her what she wanted to do next, she proposed going back to school. “I thought, ‘What’s a better time than now?’” Her family agreed. After all of these years taking care of her family and putting them first, it was her turn. “It was time for me to do something for myself.”

With her family’s support, Alexis embraced the opportunity to join the Rasmussen University Accounting program.

Remembering Lessons Learned

As she began classes at Rasmussen, she recalled lessons she had learned in high school. She had struggled in class, but she was determined she would find success this time around. “I didn’t make the time nor had the patience. Now, I have a whole different view.”

Alexis loved working with numbers, but she had to balance her life and coursework. She carved out time for classes. Her family offered help to ease her responsibilities at home. “They told me I didn’t have to do everything for them anymore.” Within a year, Alexis achieved her Associate’s degree. She thrived in her accounting classes and, in 2020, set her sights on a Bachelor’s degree.

An Unexpected Opportunity

When Alexis received a notification that she was eligible to be a tutor through work-study, she was surprised. She wasn’t aware Rasmussen University had tutoring services.

Alexis felt joining tutoring was the right thing to do. She recalled, “I heard students struggling and making comments about the accounting classes I’ve taken, and I wanted to help those students.” She applied for the position that night.

On Being a Tutor

As a tutor, Alexis enjoyed providing guidance to students during their pursuits of learning. “We’re actually helping students fully comprehend everything that they’re learning in class—not just providing the answers.” When working with students, she thought of creative ways to reframe the problem or question so the content was more approachable. She would ask the student to think about how the problem applies to the real world or provide them another way of looking at it in order to spark understanding.

“There’s nothing more rewarding to see a student succeed because you helped them.” Her work even led to students applying to become tutors because they want to help others just like she had helped them.

As winter approached, Alexis noticed the Tutoring Service team needed more lead tutors. Even though she was just starting as a tutor, she reached out to offer her help. “I told them I would help however I could.” They brought her on as a lead tutor, and Alexis hit the ground running.

As a lead, Alexis continues to tutor students in addition to onboarding new hires and ensuring all tutors are fully prepared for their responsibilities. She also provides feedback and guidance during the Tutor Excellence Program (TEP) certification process, which every tutor at Rasmussen needs to complete before starting. TEP is one of less than 1,000 programs across the world recognized by the College Reading and Learning Association, setting an internationally accepted standard of skills and training for tutor certification. With TEP, every tutor is equipped to provide students the same level of tutoring excellence.

Alexis and her fellow tutors strive to provide the best experience for every student. “We are here to help students as much as we possibly can—because tutoring can be the key to help students succeed.”

Plans for The Future

Through helping students by tutoring, Alexis realized her true passion: teaching. She enjoys being a part of the student journey and helping students succeed when they aren’t sure if they can learn accounting. She remembers her nights helping her kids with homework—and it seemed meant to be from the beginning.

As her graduation date draws near, Alexis has her next goal in mind. She will be getting a Master’s degree, and then she will become an instructor.

Allison Nordman

Alli Nordman is a marketing specialist at Collegis Education. She enjoys learning about students’ inspiring stories and is honored to share their successes with the community. She hopes to inspire others to take their first step in reaching their higher education goals.

Rasmussen blog author

Related Content

This piece of ad content was created by Rasmussen University to support its educational programs. Rasmussen University may not prepare students for all positions featured within this content. Please visit www.rasmussen.edu/degrees for a list of programs offered. External links provided on rasmussen.edu are for reference only. Rasmussen University does not guarantee, approve, control, or specifically endorse the information or products available on websites linked to, and is not endorsed by website owners, authors and/or organizations referenced. Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

logo-accreditation-acen logo-accreditation-ccne chart-credential-laddering-associates-bachelors-masters 0 Credits 90 Credits 180 Credits 48 Credits Start Here HIGH SCHOOL GRADS Start Here TRANSFER STUDENTS Start Here SECOND DEGREE PURSUERS End Here ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE Start Here MASTER’S DEGREE PURSUERS End Here BACHELOR’S DEGREE End Here MASTER’S DEGREE chart-credential-laddering-associates-bachelors 0 Credits Start Here HIGH SCHOOL GRADS Start Here TRANSFER STUDENTS 90 Credits Start Here SECOND DEGREE PURSUERS End Here ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE 180 Credits End Here BACHELOR'S DEGREE chart-credential-laddering-healthcare-management 0 Credits 90 Credits 180 Credits 48 Credits Start Here HIGH SCHOOL GRADS Start Here TRANSFER STUDENTS Start Here SECOND DEGREE PURSUERS End Here ASSOCIATE’S DEGREE Start Here MASTER’S DEGREE PURSUERS End Here BACHELOR’S DEGREE End Here MASTER’S DEGREE chart-credential-laddering-rsb 0 Credits Start Here HIGH SCHOOL GRADS Start Here TRANSFER STUDENTS 90 Credits Start Here SECOND DEGREE PURSUERS End Here ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE 180 Credits End Here BACHELOR'S DEGREE chart-credential-laddering-rsd 0 Credits Start Here HIGH SCHOOL GRADS Start Here TRANSFER STUDENTS 91 Credits Start Here SECOND DEGREE PURSUERS End Here ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE 181 Credits End Here BACHELOR'S DEGREE chart-credential-laddering-rsjs 0 Credits Start Here HIGH SCHOOL GRADS Start Here TRANSFER STUDENTS 91 Credits Start Here SECOND DEGREE PURSUERS End Here ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE 180 Credits End Here BACHELOR'S DEGREE chart-credential-laddering-rsn 0 Credits Start Here HIGH SCHOOL GRADS Start Here TRANSFER STUDENTS 91 Credits Start Here SECOND DEGREE PURSUERS End Here ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE 181 Credits End Here BACHELOR'S DEGREE icon-colored-outline-bank icon-colored-outline-certificate icon-colored-outline-circle-dollar-sign icon-colored-outline-folder-search icon-colored-outline-hand-heart icon-colored-outline-head-blocks icon-colored-outline-head-cog icon-colored-outline-head-heart icon-colored-outline-health-plus-leaves icon-colored-outline-hospital icon-colored-outline-lifelong-learning icon-colored-outline-light-bulb-analytics icon-colored-outline-maginify-glass icon-colored-outline-magnifying-glass icon-colored-outline-monitor-healthcare icon-colored-outline-monitor-paper-search icon-colored-outline-nurse-rays icon-colored-outline-padlock-shield icon-colored-outline-scales icon-bank icon-general-charticon-general-connect icon-general-degree icon-general-discuss icon-general-emailicon-general-find icon-general-haticon-general-heart icon-general-laptop-building icon-general-laptop icon-general-leader icon-general-map icon-general-money icon-general-paperwork icon-general-peopleicon-general-phone icon-general-speak-out icon-head-heart icon-mglass icon-scales rebrand-arrows icon-colored-advance icon-colored-arrows-cross-curve icon-colored-briefcase-star icon-colored-build icon-colored-bulb-analytics icon-colored-certificate icon-colored-continual-development icon-colored-duo-chatbox icon-colored-folder-mortarboard icon-colored-forward-ribbon icon-colored-gears-clock icon-colored-globe-pen icon-colored-growth icon-colored-hand-bubble icon-colored-hand-stars icon-colored-hands-gear icon-colored-head-blocks icon-colored-head-cog icon-colored-laptop-cbe-skyscraper icon-colored-laptop-checkmark icon-colored-laptop-webpage icon-colored-location-map icon-colored-location-pin icon-colored-monitor-paper-scan icon-colored-mortarboard-dollar icon-colored-national icon-colored-people-chat-bubbles icon-colored-person-laptop-checkboxes icon-colored-person-screen-instructor icon-colored-person-whiteboard icon-colored-phone-chatbox icon-colored-police-light icon-colored-prep icon-colored-presenter icon-colored-regional icon-colored-save-time icon-colored-shirt-hat icon-colored-skyscraper icon-colored-state icon-colored-student-centered icon-colored-support icon-colored-world-experience icon-arrow icon-camera icon-filtericon-info-circleicon-mail-forwardicon-play-solidicon-quote-mark-lefticon-quote-mark-righticon-share-square-oicon-spinnericon-tagicon-simple-chaticon-simple-desktop icon-simple-find icon-simple-hamburger icon-simple-phone icon-testimonial-quotes icon-social-facebook-square-coloredicon-social-facebook-squareicon-social-facebookicon-social-google-plus-squareicon-social-google-plusicon-social-instagramicon-social-linkedin-square-coloredicon-social-linkedin-squareicon-social-linkedinicon-social-pinterest-picon-social-twitter-squareicon-social-twittericon-social-youtube-play-coloredicon-social-youtube-playlogo-rasu-horizontal ras-logo-flame ras-logo-horizontal ras-logo-stacked icon-util-checkbox-white icon-util-checkbox icon-util-checked-white icon-util-checked icon-util-chevron-downicon-util-chevron-lefticon-util-chevron-righticon-util-chevron-upicon-util-language-switch icon-util-loading icon-util-open-window-button icon-util-open-window-link icon-util-pdf-buttonicon-util-pdf-linkicon-util-refresh icon-util-x