Virtual hug

Kia Vang

Major: Computer engineering
Expected graduation: May 2021
Hometown: Minneapolis

When courses went online, it was stressful physically, mentally, and emotionally. I didn’t have the appropriate setting for learning. I live on a busy street, and it was loud and chaotic indoors and outdoors. 

Internet accessibility and stability was an ongoing issue. I lost my internet connection a few times when submitting homework responses, so I had to redo and resubmit everything. 

In the midst of learning how to survive school online as a full-time student, my part-time job paused their scheduling. I had to figure out how I would afford food, hygiene/cleaning supplies, and other personal expenses. 

When I found out I’d receive an emergency grant, I broke down in joy. I felt a huge burden lifted off my shoulders. I was relieved to know I wouldn’t have to worry about putting food on the table for the remainder of the school year. I felt the biggest (virtual) hug, one that I needed—and it came from people who don’t know me personally, yet they went out of their way to care for my wellbeing.

The donors to this fund are, in a sense, my heroes. They literally saved me from starvation. Their generous support left an imprint in my heart, and I cannot wait to pay their kindness forward in the future. 
 

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