Describe your college search.
Before I came to Grinnell, I was only aware of big, famous schools and was totally unfamiliar with the idea of liberal arts schools. My counselor, however, graduated from Grinnell in 2004 and was the one to introduce me to a number of liberal arts colleges, including Grinnell. There were many reasons why I preferred Grinnell: it seemed like a very challenging academic environment, the financial aid I received was good, and people from my city were already current students.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
Students should look at colleges that are academically challenging and that have small class sizes. Learning information about the field of one's interest is also of importance, as is looking at possible majors and their requirements. I would also suggest looking at weather conditions, since these can sometimes be really adverse and affect people who are not used to them.
Have you completed an internship, MAP, or study abroad?
I am now having my first MAP experience in physics, and I absolutely love it. It gives students the opportunity to get experience on a particular subject, leaving them freedom and independence to pursue solutions. It is a real life condition, in which students realize the importance of solving unexpected problems that arise daily, work independently and in groups, and understand what is expected in a particular field of research.
What has been your favorite class?
My favorite class was Mechanics, my fourth semester physics class. I absolutely loved it, because I could see theories and equations powerful enough to explain any complicated movement your eyes can see.
What is your favorite aspect of Grinnell?
I enjoy being in Grinnell, because of its excellent academic level, the small size of the student body and the variety in the students' backgrounds. Also, I like the peace and quiet a small town like Grinnell can offer.