Intersections: The Path After Graduation

Alumni Share How They Navigated After Commencement

Tuesday, Jun. 3, 2014 1:37 pm

The car is already packed. You spent yesterday frenetically jamming a mishmash of notebooks, stringed Christmas lights, congratulations cards, a mini-fridge, a laundry hamper, plastic bins full of clothes, and assorted other memories into the trunk. Memories of the past four years emerged while you slept your last night in Grinnell. Now, you see Interstate Highway 80 ahead, and it seems to be demanding a choice — left or right. For the first time since you arrived for your first year in college, you are truly leaving Grinnell behind. Your plans are full of uncertainties and shaky foundations as you begin a transition that is personal, and a bit undefined.

You aren't just transitioning to a new career — you're transitioning to a new stage of your life with a lot of questions unanswered. You are at the intersection, trying to figure out which way to turn, weighed down by a trunkful of memories and the knowledge that you can't go back.

How do Grinnellians make the choices that build their lives as they leave college behind?

Daniel Kisslinger '14 is traveling through the western United States to conduct interviews with alumni about their experiences beyond graduation. Click on the mapped pins below to listen to the interviews, follow Daniel's trip over the next few weeks, and share your own stories below.

Dropbox IconRecord audio of your story and submit it to the map, or write up your experiences in the comments below. Comments will be monitored for  profanity and inappropriate content by Grinnell College.

Submitted by Rebecca wood '92 (not verified) on

I have been very fortunate, post Grinnell, to have accomplished many goals. The most satisfying of which was to  successfully start a company which now employs over 70 hard working individuals.  The skills and lessons learned at Grinnell, while not always obvious in my youth, have become cornerstones to my personal and professional development as I've aged.  

This project sounds fascinating. I'd love to hear more about what Grinnell alumna are doing!

- Rebecca Wood '92

President, Superior Traffic Control-Memphis, Inc

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Submitted by REBECCA QUIRK (not verified) on

Totally.  Glad you could swing through Idaho.  Fun to meet you.  :)


Submitted by Pete GUILLAUME (not verified) on


I was fortunate to be the one to pick you up in Marshalltown at the end of your adventure. 

Pat, Gary & I were going to take our motorcycles after we graduated back in the 70's on a year long adventure.

Unfortunately, Gary was the only one that made the trip and he had a GREAT adventure.

Now in my 60's my wife Pat & I are planning a trip in our convertible following what is left of the famous route 66.

I'm glad you got to have this adventure before moving to Chicago & starting the rest of your adventure.

Like I told you when you got out of the car, have a GREAT life.






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