Prepared for the Future
"As a first-generation American college student, I was very unfamiliar with graduate school and what it takes to get a PhD. Thanks to many wonderful resources at Grinnell, I have invaluable knowledge about both, which will help me achieve my goal of becoming a professor."
Joy Sales '13 is a History and German double-major from Chicago who is always busy, in and out of the classroom. Joy has participated in Grinnell's orchestra, serves as a Student Advisor (SA) on Younker 2nd South, is a member of Chalutzim (the Jewish student organization), works at Phonathon, and is a Lady Gaga fanatic.
Academically Joy is working on a project researching Muslim-Filipinos from the region of Lanao in the southern Philippines and is looking forward to studying abroad in Germany. Of course, all of this takes support, and Joy has been fortunate enough to work with many professors that have made her experience at Grinnell so gratifying.
"Because the campus is small, you are able to connect with many different types of people, who are or who point you to campus resources. Whenever you need help, all you have to do is ask someone...My favorite professor is also my history advisor, Sarah Purcell '92. Despite being busy as Director of the Rosenfield Program, she always makes herself available whenever her students need help."
The close-knit community at Grinnell that supports students like Joy is made possible because of your annual support.