Guilford’s supportive environment extended outside of the classroom. Rachel’s cross-country move to North Carolina was a huge leap of faith and making ends meet while pursuing her education was not always easy, but Guilford’s outstanding financial assistance programs helped her through.
When Rachel’s car broke down and needed to be fixed, Guilford came to her aid with an emergency fund to cover the cost. This year, when COVID-19 hit, Rachel found herself without a job, coming up on rent, and wondering how she was going to eat. Again,Guilford’s emergency fund and the CARES fund were able to cover her costs and keep her going.
“Being so close to graduating and not knowing how you are going to make the next payment for anything is a pretty defeating moment. Guilford giving me that assistance gave me the confidence that I could continue on with getting my degree,” she says.
As graduation approaches in December 2020, she is keeping her aspirations open.
“I am open to the opportunities that will reveal themselves,” she says. Whichever path she chooses, Rachel hopes to be a positive influence and continue enjoying the experiences life sends her way.