First Generation Stories: Erin Edlund – Morningside University

Erin Edlund is a proud first-generation student who serves as our Vice President for University Engagement. She graduated from Algona High School and has a bachelor’s degree from Drake University, a master’s degree from the University of St. Thomas (MN), and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Erin grew up in Burt, IA, a town of 500 people. She credits her own successes to the work ethic and values ​​her parents demonstrated and instilled in her from an early age, though she also acknowledged that there were opportunities she wanted for herself that his parents did not.

“I know it seems strange for a child to want something like this, but I knew from a young age that I wanted to get a job where I had dental and vision insurance. My parents worked incredibly hard to making sure we had what we needed, even though I know the cost was significant for them since they didn’t have those kinds of benefits.”

Although she knew she wanted to go to college, Erin and her family were very aware that resources were limited and financial planning had to be carefully considered.

“I wanted to attend a private university and initially it seemed like it wouldn’t even be possible. My parents didn’t think I could afford it and knew very little about the financial aid process. Fortunately, I had an excellent high school guidance counselor who gave them lots of great information and encouraged us to go through the financial aid process before making a final decision.In the end, it was the best advice we could have received because the aid packages and results from the private university I chose were much better than the large public university I was considering My advice would be to go through the process, ask questions, find people who can help and knowing that fit and results really matter when making that final decision.”

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