Letter From a Student

Here is a letter by a current student written when the current crisis began:

Hello all,

My name is Shelby Lengyel and I am a current student at Normandale Community College. I was looking forward to being the student speaker at the fundraising breakfast in April, but hopefully will still get to meet you all in September. Currently, I am cooped up inside and working on what assignments I can, and waiting to hear more from my professors. As a theatre student, most of my classes are hands-on and performance based, so making this shift into online classes will be a new challenge. At Normandale we are lucky enough to have one another to lean on and faculty that goes above and beyond to help us succeed. Though there are major changes to the rest of the semester, I am looking forward to finding a new normalcy and continuing my education with my classmates and professors.

Right now, I am relying solely on what is left of my scholarship and pell grant for day to day expenses. Like many of my friends I go to school with, we are unable to work considering our full-time school schedules and performing in shows on campus (a requirement of a theatre major). Even though our lives are on hold right now, the need for groceries, paying bills, and providing for family members doesn’t stop. There is a lot of fear and concern right now for ourselves, each other, our families, and our communities. We are all facing a lot of uncertainty and doing our best to get through this pandemic. Each day I check in with myself, my friends, and family, and try to fill my day with positive things, and any forward progression that I can. I try to compartmentalize my worries for my family and friends, and those unable to work from home, and hope that we see an end in the near future. We are all doing the best we can with what we have, and I am very grateful to have a cushion in this trying time.

I am looking forward to the end of this month with hopes that there will be more information provided and new advances in stopping the spread of COVID-19. I look forward to beginning this new virtual journey to continue my education, and to be somewhat reunited with my friends, classmates, and educators. Although this might prevent a graduation ceremony, I look forward to receiving my diploma in the spring, and continuing on to summer classes for a second Associates and Bachelors. I wanted to reach out and let you know that your donations help provide comfort in this trying time and more than that, food and support for those in need. I know that without my scholarship I would be struggling to provide for myself and my family. I hope to meet you all in September and together, begin a new conversation about moving forward and the future.

Stay safe and be well,

Shelby Lengyel