What would you say to donors who have supported the Student Emergency Fund?
THANK YOU. Thank you for making me feel like I matter, and thank you for allowing me to continue on my path to graduation. As a first generation student, it is scary to be so close and feel like I cannot finish here at CMU. This place is my home away from home, and I am so grateful and thankful for this amazing opportunity. So thank you for all of your efforts, and I hope that there are many more students different and alike from me that you will continue to support.

How did the Student Emergency Fund Scholarship impact you?

The Student Emergency Fund scholarship impacted me in a handful of ways. I was stuck with approximately $6,000 that I had to pay for out of pocket, because I did not have a co-signer, I couldn’t take out anymore loans (without a co-signer), and my scholarship and financial aid was all used up. Although it was $700 per semester, it was $700 less I did not have to think or worry about, so it has been really helpful. I was still nervous because I still owed a little over $2,600. If it was not for Mrs. Kathy Wilbur, I really believe that I would not have applied for it in the first place, since I had no idea what it was in the first place. With the remaining money still owed, I turned to GoFundMe as an absolute last resort.

What is it about CMU that solidified your decision to come here?

Long story short, I chose CMU because it felt like home. I was stuck deciding whether to go to Indiana State University or here at the last minute. It was April 30th, 2012 and I came up here for a tour. I remember that day so clearly because May 1st, 2012 was the “deciding day.” CMU has the perfect size campus for me, not too big but not too small. CMU has my program in social work, and so many other things to get involved in. I enjoyed everything CMU has to offer. Because ISU was offering me so many scholarships and financial aid, I turned to an advisor and asked, “What can we do to get me to come here?” CMU not only matched the amount of financial aid ISU was offering, but there was additionally about $2,000-$3,000 off, so overall, CMU was essentially “cheaper.” This was perfect because I really wanted to come here.

What has been your favorite class of undergrad and why?

My ultimate all time favorite class was HDF 110 – Oppression: Roots and Impact on Human Development in the United States with Polly Pritchard. Although my favorite professor and a lot of my favorite classes with Dr. Christopher Latty such as Marriage and Relationships and Human Sexuality, HDF 110 cannot and should not be overlooked. If I could recommend this class with this professor to anyone and everyone: DO IT! The amount of information I had learned and continue to inquire more about because she planted the seed is phenomenal. I exceled in the class because that was a class I wanted to go to every single day. I would get upset when I had to go to my policy class afterwards. This specific class re​​minded me that learning is fun, and I enjoyed conversing with those in the class instead of dreading group discussions. The information provided about why institutional discrimination exists, microagressions and what they are, gender stereotypes, and so on and so forth are all things I feel like people need to be exposed to, and that’s what Polly did. I remember when controversial issues/topics came up Polly would say, “I’m not here to sway your opinion, I’m not here to advocate for certain groups in front of you, and I’m certainly not here to push my opinion on you. I am simply here to inform you about these things, and that’s what we’re going to be doing today.” Such a phenomenal class and so well done.

What are your plans post-graduation?

My post plans are not set in place yet; however, I hope to apply for the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps to be able to work with populations that I have never had the opportunity to. After my (hopeful) time, I hope that I can go to grad school to obtain my Masters of Social Work and then get my licensure in Social Work. I hope that one day I can go back to school to get my degree in Law and become a lawyer, and hopefully work for the United Nations as it is my dream to do so.​