Learning from our elders means we know there is a lesson to be learned for ourselves
My dad graduated from Grinnell in 1978, my aunt in 1980, and my sister in 2008. I understood the pride each one of them took in Grinnell when I became a Grinnellian. I entered the class of 2012 and the small connection I already had to Grinnell expanded and blossomed into a love and commitment for the school. Although I am creating my own experiences at Grinnell and discovering my true passions, I cannot fail to recognize and embrace the strong family connection.
Every time I look on the Grinnell campus from the Cowles second floor fire escape, I think of the memories my dad and sister have on Mac Field. I smile at the memories I already have and the experiences I will have before I graduate. I have made lifelong friends and I will our share stories with my family just as my dad did with me. While my dad shared the Forum, Quad, and the Pub, I will tell stories about the JRC, the new Darby, and the Noyce Science Center. We will share stories about the dorms, the library, the tracks, and what it’s like having Grinnell in our lives.
I am already indebted to my professors who helped me unleash my true passions and helped me discover the excitement in politics, philosophy, and literature. I am truly grateful for the people who make my time at Grinnell unforgettable. I will always hold closely to my heart the great times in Cowles lounge with my friends, the excitement of announcing the 2009 Midwest Conference Basketball Championship in Darby Gymnasium, my long nights studying in ARH, and the nights we had nothing to do except talk.
I never questioned my decision to join my family at Grinnell. We all have a unique version of Grinnell. We share a deep and lasting connection to the school and subsequently one another. So now I wear my scarlet and black winter jacket and Grinnell t-shirts with pride. I no longer don the jacket supporting my dad’s, aunts, and sister’s school; I wear it representing our school.
Grinnell is a special community. I do not know what path I will take in life or where I will end up, but I do know that I will have plenty of opportunities thanks to Grinnell and a deep connection to something special.
Matt Rosenbaum ’12