Service to the community and a compassionate spirit have always been in the make-up of Bulldogs and these times are no different: from the College of Arts and Sciences and College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences donating gloves and our Innovation Studio creating face shields with their 3D printer, we are truly showing that we are Drake Together.
Our community has been hard at work supporting our students as well. Over 200 students have requested assistance and your gifts are making sure we can help as many as possible.
Liza Vinyon, (pictured below) the current president of Drake’s Student Alumni Association, shared her thoughts recently, how it’s meant so much but her fellow students are still struggling with this “new normal”:
“I feel so blessed to be part of an institution that puts people first. In this time of uncertainty, Drake University has made it clear that we chose to attend the right school!
But I’ll be candid, this is hard. I miss my friends, my professors, meetings that used to seem monotonous, speed walking to FAC for my 8 a.m. class, and even Hubbell Dining.
A lot of us are feeling overwhelmed with the new demands of life while trying to balance schoolwork and scheduling video chat meetings, away from the campus we love (which for me, is from inside the four walls of my lime green childhood bedroom).
My heart feels heavy knowing that I can’t give my favorite senior a hug goodbye or throw Griff the retirement party he deserves. It hurts to hear that my friends are struggling in isolation and my peers don’t know how they will pay their rent. These financial worries are very real.”
Your donations are helping Liza’s classmates find their balance and a path forward to continue their Drake education.