The founder of Life CONsequences will speak at North Platte Community College next week.
Ethan Fisher’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday in the McDonald-Belton Theater on NPCC’s South Campus. It’s free and open to the public.
“Fisher will talk about life choices,” said Augie Sanchez, NPCC assistant director of housing and student activities. “He will specifically recall his past of drug and alcohol abuse, how those substances led him down the wrong path and what became of him afterwards.”
Fisher spent three years in prison for vehicular homicide – an experience that convinced him to turn his life around. According to his biography, Fisher flunked out of four colleges and universities due to his dependency on drugs and alcohol.
He hit rock bottom when, after excessive drinking at a party, he got into a vehicle, blacked out and drove 70 miles per hour down the wrong side of a four-lane street.
Fisher woke up in a hospital the next day with no recollection of what happened. A nurse informed him that he had killed an innocent man in a head-on collision.
Fisher decided at that moment that he would take full responsibility for the tragedy he caused and do everything he could to prevent others from making his mistakes.
Fisher went on to earn two bachelor’s degrees and a Master of Business Administration degree. He graduated summa cum laude, magna cum laude and received the President's Award, along with the Entrepreneurship Student of the Year award during his undergraduate studies. He recently became certified in youth mental health first-aid by Mental Health First Aid USA.
However, his life has not been easy since the accident. Seemingly simple activities such as finding an apartment or applying for an internship have been challenging.
Fisher founded Life CONsequences as a platform to speak to high school and college students about decision-making and the ramifications of truancy, drinking, drug abuse and other temptations.
He is being brought to the college by the NPCC Student Life Department.
“We’re hoping those who come to listen to Ethan will be motivated to live healthy and drug-free lives,” said Sanchez. “In an age where drugs and alcohol are a cultural norm and rite of passage, it’s people like Ethan who can make a difference.