Major: Biomedical engineering
Graduation: May 2021
Hometown: a small town in the mountains of northeast Washington
I’m involved in a lot of student groups on campus, and I also work as a 3D printing coordinator at the Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center. The people are amazing, and I’m always learning something new.
Shortly after the University announced the move to remote learning, I was terminated from my job serving in a restaurant. I decided to move back to my parents’ house because I couldn’t afford rent without that job.
I had to move out of my apartment and get a storage unit on very short notice, which came with expenses. I also drove halfway across the country to get back to Washington, which wasn’t cheap either. I had to forfeit my security deposit at my apartment to cover for leaving the lease early. The grant really helped bridge the gap for those unexpected expenses.
It means the world that people out there care enough to give to students. I’m in biomedical engineering because I truly want to help the world and make a difference. I might not have been able to stay without this support. Whatever good in the world I’m able to bring about, I know that it’s shared by everyone who has helped me, including people who have financially supported me in the form of this grant.
To anyone who’s ever given to a cause that helps students: thank you. A little can go a long way—and literally change the trajectory of someone’s life.
- When her U of M classes went online, Lexi Carstensen used the extra time to line up a full-time job in Chicago.
- An emergency grant helped first-generation college student Cassidy Drummond pay rent when her work hours were cut.
- Computer engineering major Kia Vang describes the emergency grant she received as a "virtual hug" from donors.