The Wildcat way: Generous student helps another pay for textbooks

It’s nice to know at K-State, our community is going to lend a helping hand when someone is in need. (Photo Illustration by Mason Swenson | Collegian Media Group)

A small saving grace helped out Amy Buckley, junior in animal sciences and industry, when she did not have enough money to pay for her textbooks in the K-State Campus Store.

On Jan. 17, Sharon Buckley, Amy’s mother, sent an email to Pat Bosco, vice president for student life, and the K-State Alumni Association, sharing Amy’s story.

Amy got to the register in the Campus Store after waiting in line, and when she swiped her debit card, she realized that she was $194 short for buying her textbooks.

“When I discovered that I didn’t have enough money to pay for my books, I was frustrated,” Amy said. “It’s just that I forgot to check my debit balance.”

Amy said she was going to tell the cashier to take the books off of her purchase when the student at the cash register next to her paid for her books with a check. The other student refused to give his name.

“I was really grateful to him and profusely thanked him,” Amy said. “This encounter has reaffirmed my feelings for K-State. The people here are good to each other and are one big purple family.”

Bosco said this is another “great example of family,” and he would “bet there are other unsung heroes” that go out of their way to “make K-State a very unique place to learn, live and grow.”

In her email, Sharon said she is “so glad Amy decided to become a Wildcat”.

Amy said she would like to say thank you again to the student.

“You could’ve just left, but you stayed and helped me, and that was really thoughtful of you,” Amy said. “If I could, I would like to repay you in some way.”

My name is Kaylie McLaughlin and I'm the ex-managing editor and audience engagement manager of the Collegian. Previously, I've been the editor-in-chief and the news editor. In the past, I have also contributed to the Royal Purple Yearbook and KKSU-TV. Off-campus, you can find my bylines in the Wichita Eagle, the Shawnee Mission Post and KSNT News. I grew up just outside of Kansas City in Shawnee, Kansas. I’m a senior in digital journalism with a minor in French and a secondary focus in international and area studies. As a third-generation K-Stater, I bleed purple and my goal is to serve the Wildcat community with accurate coverage.