A Positive Impact During Unpredictable Times

Emily Daniels

Emily Daniels '20 studied health communications at Grand Valley. She always knew she wanted to make an impact in the lives of those around her and be a positive influence in the community in which she lives. As a triage nurse at Procare Pain Solutions, an important part of her job is triaging for chronic pain patients some who have struggled during the pandemic.

“I love working in health care because I feel like I am making a difference. I hope that my degree in health communication will help bridge the gap between nurses, doctors, and patients,” she said.

But in March 2020, Emily faced an unexpected situation and found herself with a closed clinic and reduced at-home work hours. Emily was paying for her classes with the money she earned at her job, and suddenly no longer had the means to continue her education.

When she received an email from Grand Valley stating that there was assistance for students impacted by the pandemic, she decided to reach out and apply.

“I didn’t really know anything about the Student Support Fund, but what I did know was that I needed immediate help. Even just talking about it now, I get choked up thinking about how my world seemed to crash down around me so quickly,” said Emily.

Emily said when she received an email saying she would be a recipient of the Student Support Fund, she was emotional. “I’m still tearing up now just thinking about it. That gift saved my education,” she said. “The funds I received went directly to pay for my classes and I’m now able to stay the course and graduate in April.”

Emily cannot express enough gratitude to the donors who support this fund.

“Thank you so much to the donors who gave to this fund. I know you do not know me, but you helped save me in a time where I needed it the most, and I’ll be forever grateful,” she said. “The smallest of gifts add up together and truly do make a difference.”