This is one in a series of articles written by students who received scholarships in 2019 awarded through the Fergus Falls Area Dollars for Scholars chapter. The purpose of these articles is to thank the community for its support of students and their higher education goals.
In August, a new chapter of my life began and I am loving it so far. These first three months at the University of North Dakota have brought me new friends, experiences, opportunities, challenges, a new major, and an eye-opening realization and appreciation for all the little things my parents did for me before the college life.
The day before orientation this summer, I decided to change my major to communication sciences and disorders with a minor/certificate in special education and psychology. My hope is to one day be a speech pathologist like my mom. The way that she helps kids around the community is truly inspiring and I want to be just like her one day. Here at school I am involved in the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) as well as being involved with Special Olympics here on campus. Both of these organizations reaffirm my passion to help people and make a positive difference in the lives of those around me.
Here at UND, I love going to sporting events (especially hockey), taking part in events around campus, going to the wellness center, study/coffee dates with friends, being a part of NSSHLA and Special Olympics. There are still many things I want to do here in my time at UND, but I am loving the experiences so far.
I truly enjoyed growing up in Fergus Falls throughout the years and I knew I would miss the people and the community as a whole. With that being said, I believe that there is a time for everything and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue my education at the college level. I don’t think I could have asked for a better high school experience than the one I had. The teachers and adult influences I had during my time at Kennedy Secondary School taught me important study skills, organization tips, and the importance of being on time, but more importantly they taught me how to be a leader and how to be a kind human being. These important life lessons, in and out of the classroom, are prevalent and helpful in my everyday life here at college.
Even though I now live in Grand Forks, Fergus Falls will always be my home. Thank you to all of those who have inspired, guided, and supported me along the way, and for continuing to do so. I am very fortunate to have grown up in such a close and supportive community. I would like to give a special thanks to the Fergus Falls Dollars for Scholars and the Eagles Aerie for the generous financial support. Your generosity helps me pursue my goals, dreams, and passions.
Julia Swanson is a 2019 graduate of Fergus Falls High School and is currently attending the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She is the recipient of the Eagles Aerie 2339 Scholarship. For information on making a donation for scholarships, contact Fergus Falls Area Dollars for Scholars, 601 W. Randolph Ave., Fergus Falls, MN 56537.