Finding home close to home.
“Being an Iowan, I’ve always heard about Grinnell and how it was one of best liberal arts schools in the Midwest. Knowing that (very general) information, I decided to apply to Grinnell. It was not until I visited campus and met the students did I truly realize what made Grinnell different and special. It really is the people at Grinnell that embody the College. Without the people that make this college unique, the school would merely be an academic setting.
“The first thing I noticed on campus everyone’s friendliness. The larger sense of community I felt was comforting. I was drawn to the quirky personalities of the students and faculty. It was in this little school in the middle of Iowa, I found a place where I belonged.
“Every day I am amazed with the people I work, interact, and study with at Grinnell. There are leaders, social entrepreneurs, volunteers, activists, and advocates everywhere on campus. I am so proud to be part of a community that not only values critical thinking about social issues, but acts upon those ideas with enthusiasm and vigor.”
Ashley Baccam, a native of Des Moines, IA, was a part of Phonathon since her first year at Grinnell. Even after four years as a student development representative, she enjoyed talking with alumni and hearing their stories.
Ashley was an active member in Grinnell Independent Theater and enjoys volunteering at the Community Arts Center in downtown Grinnell.