Faculty, staff, students give helping hand to aid family

IUS Horizon

Dear Editors,

During my hour-long commute from Madison to New Albany, I have much time for contemplation.

On the morning of Oct. 16 I was contemplating my future as a student at IU Southeast. My husband lost his job in June.

With the current economy, not much hiring is happening. On top of that, one of our children was hospitalized for five days while doctors tried to come up with a diagnosis.

When we finally had a diagnosis, it required surgery. Of course, this meant I missed work and school.

We were completely broke with nothing more than a tank of gas, enough food for our family of five to eat for about three days and a two day paycheck to last us for the next two weeks.

I saw no alternative but to drop out. I am not a great academic mind. I will never be on the dean’s list.

I didn’t think anyone would really miss me anyway. Instead, a group of students, faculty and staff joined together to help my family get through a rough time. I found I have friends I have never met. I wish I knew all your names so I could thank you personally.

Your kindness will never be forgotten and will be passed on to others as often as I am able. Thank you for showing me that I am right where I belong.

Michael, Jana and Tresa, you are forever a part of my family.

From the bottom of my humble heart,

Tina Leas
English Senior