Meet OCC 2023 Grads: Ambria Ellis

Ambria Ellis

Ambria is passionate about helping others find their true self while motivating them to excel. She believes we focus too often on what others think rather than on what we are destined to do. She also believes it’s important to love yourself in order to grow and advocates putting your mental health first.

Degree: Associate in Business Administration
Major: Business
Student Involvement/Honors: Treasurer Phi Theta Kappa Auburn Hills; Peer Mentor; Outstanding Student Award; Dean’s List

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Q: The past couple of years have been defined by change. What changed for you?
A: I was focusing on my cosmetology license and decided I wanted to get my bachelor’s degree in business, and that was a big change. I had to take more classes and get more focused. My original plan was to own a salon, but I’m wanting more of operational management and to lead and mentor people. 

Q: How has the change in the past two years affected your worldview and your plans for the future?
A: It showed me that I should expect change. If change is not happening, that shows there is no growth in what I am doing. If I find myself in the same situations that are hindering me, I need to put myself in a position to be the best I can be, whether it’s with relationships or a job.

Q: What are you most proud of?
A: I’m most proud of the relationships I’ve created and the grades I received during tough times in my life. I maintained almost a 4.0! It’s not easy to stay focused and be an honor student. This has shown me I can get anything done if I believe.

"I had great experiences at OCC. I was able to create great opportunities for myself because I attended this college. It’s a wonderful stepping-stone for me, and I will never forget these prime moments during my time at OCC.” – Ambria Ellis

Q: What kind of support have you received from OCC faculty and staff?
A: My PTK advisor, Johnna Balk (faculty librarian), is one of the sweetest and most motivating people you can ask for. She’s been in my corner since I was inducted into PTK and provided a helping hand to navigate me not just academically but personally. She puts people at OCC first.

Q: What are the next steps? 
A: Getting my bachelor’s degree in operational management at Oakland University. I plan to get an internship at a company and still be involved as a health coach and do nails.

Q: What advice would you give future students?
A: Get involved, that’s one of the best things I’ve done, and it’s created great opportunities for me. Whether you are part of an honor society or a club, it creates relationships with people who can help you in the long run.