“I decided I would do everything possible so I could become the first one in my family to graduate from college.”
Aron Mixson has faced adversity. Mixson’s mother struggled with drug abuse. At eight years old, Mixson and his sisters were placed in Child Protective Services. He was adopted twice, lived in a group home and later in a men’s shelter. Yet, his experiences created resiliency. “Now, I can deal with adversity because I am used to dealing with all sorts of people from different backgrounds.”
After attempting college in 2006, he returned to MCC in 2012 when he realized that he couldn’t go any further without an education. While working on his Associate in Arts degree, Mixson was awarded Club President of the Year and received a certificate of excellence as a student senator. Mixson said the people at MCC changed his life. He plans to continue his education at ASU.
Recently, he won the ASU Edson Entrepreneur Initiative which provides office space at Skysong in Scottsdale for one year, as well as a $20,000 grant for the startup of his own business which is called The Distinguished Gentlemens Club, or TDG Club for short. He offers wardrobe styling to big and tall men through a monthly subscription service.