Technological advances have drastically changed the way University of Northern Iowa students learn, communicate and collaborate. For Bailey Shaw, technology also allowed her not to put her education on hold.
At the end for her freshman year, Shaw’s mother was diagnosed with a serious brain condition that would require surgery. She was able to be there for her mom throughout the process thanks to her dedication and the flexibility of UNI faculty.
“I was able to make up everything,” said Shaw. “Teachers were very understanding -- I even Skyped one of my classes so I didn't miss it. The professors all got it and knew where I was coming from and what I was going through. It really seemed like they cared, and when I still see those teachers they ask how she is doing and how I'm doing.
It's incredible to know that they are in your corner and are the ones that are cheering you on wanting you to get through it.”
Shaw was able to continue her pursuit of earning a biomedical degree. Shaw hopes to become a pediatrician at the Omaha Children’s Hospital after attending the Nebraska Medical Center. Getting her degree at UNI has been made easier thanks to scholarship support.
“I'm looking forward to being able to focus more on school, focus more on my activities and become more involved on campus and not have to work every night of the week so I can make it through,” Shaw said.
The ability to focus on her studies will be a huge benefit as she applies to medical school.
“It is very, very important because it is a competitive field to get into,” said Shaw. “There is just so much that you have to do, and be able to focus on that more is really going to give me an edge when I get into medical school.”
You can help students like Shaw achieve their dreams at UNI. Please visit uni-foundaiton.org to learn how you can make a difference.
“I don't think donors know how much of a difference they make. When I got my scholarship, I was so happy that I went out that night to get my thank you cards and drafted five or six different thank you versions before I finally got it right. I don't think they realize how appreciated they are.”