“I love UD – the experiences I’ve had, what I’ve learned and the people I’ve met. I wouldn’t trade them for anything. But a while back, I made some poor choices and my grades tanked. At first I ignored the problems. I hoped they would just go away. Of course, they didn’t. Getting put on probation was really hard for me because I knew I could do better. Finding out that it could affect my financial aid moved me to act. I went to the financial aid office and ended up talking with a staff member there about my options. He showed me how I could file an appeal and shared different loan options with me. Then, I set up a meeting with my academic advocate. She clearly understood that people sometimes make mistakes, but can learn from what happened, improve and grow. We strategized and made a plan. To be honest, it’s been tough. But I’ve done it. And that gives me confidence that I can handle whatever other challenges the future holds for me.”

Junior, College of Agriculture & Natural Resources