In the Press
September, 17, 2014 | Alex Guest Blog on Admitsee.com
Unfortunately, The Common Application labels Gap Years and other cool breaks in a student’s education “Educational Interruptions.” Aside from the somewhat negative ring this has, there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a Gap Year, and in fact, the schools you’ve heard of and the trend-setters in higher education actually encourage it…
Fighting Brain Drain in Reno
August 26, 2014 | Reno Gazette-Journal
Alex Ellison went to Douglas High School in Minden. “I wanted nothing more than to get out,” said the founder and owner of Dunce, a Reno-based business that helps people prepare for college. “I only applied to colleges in big cities, nothing west of Chicago. I guess I was elitist.” She ended up at Northwestern University, just north of Chicago. And once she got there, she realized she missed the West: the outdoors, the open spaces and the younger way of thinking that characterizes this side of the country.
Does College Planning Start in 9th Grade?
August 3, 2014 | Alex Guest Blog on RenoFamOnTheGo.com
We know that students who think about college (day dream about it, talk to their parents about it) before the 9th grade, are more likely to go to college than students who don’t give college a thought until after entering high school. The problem is that many students can’t think about college when they’re anxious and excited about high school!
Creating Reno’s Next Generation of Women Entrepreneurs
July 7, 2014 | Reno Gazette-Journal
Alex Ellison wants more girls to become entrepreneurs. “Women are really underrepresented in the startup scene,” she said. “We want to shake that up a bit.” By “we,” she means herself — founder of a college prep company called Dunce — and Ashley Jennings of Girlmade, a business accelerator program aimed at women-founded companies…
Reno Rebirth Profile: Alex Ellison
May 31, 2014 | Reno Gazette-Journal
Alex Ellison runs Dunce, a college planning service in Reno. She works with students on both college and enrichment programs. She grew up in Incline Village and near Gardnerville, went to college at Northwestern University and now has returned to Reno. “I’m a boomerang,” she said…
On the Podium
Speaker | Ignite Reno November: Why I Wish I’d Gone to College in 1636
Over the past 3 years, Ignite Reno has featured 100 presentations by lively and energetic personalities ranging in topics from history, technology, mining, comedy, finance and more.
Panelist | Investing in the Next Generation: Mentoring Young Women For Change
October 3, 2014 | Women as Change Makers
WomenChangeMakers is a new and unique global fellowship program that identifies, supports and connects leading social entrepreneurs addressing women’s access to education and healthcare, economic and political participation (see the four areas below). In doing so, it empowers them to build sustainable models, develop synergies and increase their impact.
September 16, 2014 | UnCollege
In edition to being the official college mentor for this groundbreaking gap year program, Alex worked with current fellows of the program to discuss “Weird Colleges” that may bring a depth and interest many traditional colleges miss. UnCollege is a social movement designed to help you hack your education.
Organizer and Speaker | Girl Empire Conference
August 9, 2014 | Girl Empire
In her first year of business, Alex co-organized and spoke at Nevada’s first Girl Empire Conference, a one-day conference for female high school students interested in entrepreneurship and college/career planning. At the conference students had an opportunity to hear from entrepreneurial leaders, gain confidence in the startup scene, receive guidance in post-secondary educational planning by hearing about colleges that support entrepreneurship, and more.