Amber Allison's journey at Midland College will culminate in December when she graduates
with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Paralegal. She already completed her
paralegal certification this past spring 2020.
For Allison completing her education has been challenging; however, she is all about
overcoming challenges, including being dyslexic, ADHD, and working full time and having
an active family life.
A native Midlander, Allison graduated from Lee High School in 2005 and initially attended
Midland College (MC) in 2006 to pursue a business degree. That same year she also
got married. Life intervened, and she left college at age 20 to help take care of
the family business and take care of her daughter.
Allison returned to MC in 2009 and completed the pharmacy technician program. After
receiving her pharmacy tech certification, she worked for West Texas Nuclear Pharmacy
and Midland Memorial Hospital, and later for Luker Pharmacy.
In 2015, Allison once again returned to MC to follow her dream of being a registered
nurse and ultimately work at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Sadly, that dream was
crushed by a bad car accident resulting in a tear to her spine, bulging discs and
a rotator cuff injury.
“Following the accident, I began to doubt myself,” Allison said. “I thought that
I was not smart enough to go back to school. I felt that way because I underestimated
what I was capable of at that time.”
The residual pain from the accident caused Amber to reconsider her life goal. Nurses
need stamina and physical endurance.
“I debated for a long time about whether I should go to nursing school or go in another
direction,” Allison said. “I’m a big believer in lifelong learning, and I don’t think
there’s anything wrong with changing your path.”
Now remarried to her husband Bradley, a mother of a 14-year-old daughter and an owner
of two golden retrievers, Allison’s life is back on track.
“My husband kept pushing me to go back to school, and I kept putting it off,” Allison
said. “One day I pulled up the Midland College website, and I said ‘God you tell me
where you want me to be—not where I want to be.’ There it was – the Paralegal web
page was on the screen.”
Last semester (Spring 2020), Allison served as a paralegal intern with Region 18 Education
Service Center (ESC).
“My internship was rough because everything was online,” she explained. “I learned
a lot about the state legislature. When the legislators change the law, I had to
make sure that everything was up to date in the system because all of the regions
use legal framework site.”
Evidently, her supervisor, Lee Lentz-Edwards, at Region 18 ESC was extremely impressed
with Allison’s skill. This fall, she joined the team on a more permanent basis.
Allison’s drive to achieve her goals comes as no surprise to Assistant Professor of
Paralegal Studies Charity Rohlfs.
“I’m so proud of Amber,” Rohlfs said. “She never gives up, even when doors seem shut.
Amber is motivated and detail-oriented. I know she will be an essential asset to any
team she joins.”
What advice would Amber Allison give to students?
“Don’t underestimate yourself. When times get hard, keep going. The path may not always
be easy. Look at the light at the end of the tunnel and know that it’s one step closer
to your goal. Don’t give up. I started, and by the grace of God, here I am. The journey
has been amazing.”