A small act of kindness can change a person’s life in a big way. Stritch sophomore Anna Miller is living proof.
In fact, it took many acts of kindness to get Miller to this point in her education.
After spending a few years at a different university, Miller transferred to Stritch and immediately felt the support of the faculty and staff.
“Everyone is so welcoming here,” Miller said. “They really want to see students succeed.”
Now in her second year at Stritch, the education major has her hands full. In addition to school and working three part-time jobs, she also participates in community theater.
Miller’s hard work and career goals nearly came to a halt last summer, however, when a significant portion of her financial aid fell through.
“Since I was working so much more to cover my living expenses, my federal financial aid decreased,” Miller explained. “I found myself in a situation where I had to come up with tuition money in a very short amount of time.”
Miller thought she would have to leave Stritch and transfer back to her previous university, which never felt like the right fit. With knots in her stomach, she called her One-Stop adviser, Kristy Sprung.
“My adviser put my mind at ease right away,” Miller said. “She told me that she would do some research to see what funding was available, and she did. I am so thankful for her willingness to help me. The adviser at my last school didn’t even know my name!”
With only a few weeks until the start of the new school year, Miller applied for and received the Msgr. Harold O. Prudell Scholarship.
Through the support of complete strangers, Miller is well on her way to pursuing a career in English education. She plans to teach abroad before settling in as an English teacher in an urban high school.
“Over the last few years, I’ve become more aware of just how influential teachers can be in an individual’s life,” Miller said. “As I move forward in my own education, I feel a growing desire to help my future students; first with their education, but also to be the influence that could possibly change their lives.”
With the support that Miller received from her Stritch adviser and scholarship providers, she is able to focus her time and energy on achieving these goals. Her sights are set on graduation in 2015, and upon the career she will build filled with acts of kindness.