Majors: Health services management
Certificate: Applied business
Graduation: May 2020
Hometown: Pipestone, Minnesota
I always wanted to go to the University of Minnesota, even when I was young and we’d drive through Minneapolis.
During my time at the U, I was involved in dang near everything! I had a job with Landcare, basically mowing all day. I also worked at Career and Internship Services, helping fellow students with their resumes and cover letters. As a member of the Student Health Advisory Committee for Boynton Health, I helped start an initiative to have birth control in vending machines on campus.
When classes went online, it was so sudden. I was sad when I realized I wouldn’t be able to say goodbye to my professors in person.
On the other hand, it freed up time for me to get a game plan going. I lined up a job in Chicago with Willis Tower Watson, a risk management, insurance brokerage, and advisory company where I’d had an internship earlier.
The Student Emergency Fund paid for a month of rent. That might not seem like a lot, but it helps so much because I could allocate that money to getting groceries—and toilet paper! It’s nice knowing that people who gave to this fund really care about my education. There are so many good hearts out there.
- 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.
- Moving across the country back to her parents' house meant extra expenses for biomedical engineering major Jenae Putnam.