Wall in Admission and Student Financial Services room that says "The World Needs Grinnellians"

Student Journeys

Extraordinary journeys begin in unexpected places.

Read more about the extraordinary places these students experienced through their Grinnell College journeys.

Elizabeth Collinger '21 in South America

Elizabeth Collinger ’21

Elizabeth explored her passion for music, language, synchronized swimming, and more during her journey that took her all around the midwestern United States and down through South America.

Cinthia Romo in front of Monet painting

Cinthia Romo ’21

Cinthia took advantage of internships and service opportunities all over the U.S., explored Europe through the Global Learning Program, and prepared for a Ph.D. in sociology.

Andrew Tucker and Joe Biden on CNN

Andrew Tucker ’21

Boston, Boise, Costa Rica, Cuba, Copenhagen... these are just a few of the stops in Andrew's Grinnell journey. He also met several U.S. presidential candidates and appeared on national television.

Martha Beliveau '21 stands in front of a mural

Martha Beliveau ’21

Martha experienced Grinnell as the best of both worlds: a community-oriented college and a launching pad to the wider world — from a semester in Belgrade to course-embedded travel in Costa Rica, and even an #IowaSummer.

Ryuta Kure '21 in Budapest

Ryuta Kure ’21

Ryuta, a computer science and economics major from Japan, mentored other international students, studied in Budapest, and conducted mentored research that resulted in an original video game — which you can play here!

Gil Perez '21

Gilberto Perez ’21

Gil found Grinnell through QuestBridge, played on the soccer team, had a double major and concentration, and pursued internships, experiential learning, and volunteer opportunities in Chicago and Minneapolis. Next up: a master’s degree in management.

Conner Stanfield '21 in London

Conner Stanfield ’21

Conner sang a cappella at his professor’s wedding, conducted research (and performed!) with a professional theatre company in Taiwan, and explored the United Kingdom during an off-campus semester based in London. Next, he’s applying for a Fulbright and staging a virtual play!

Ahon Gooptu '21

Ahon Gooptu ’21

Ahon’s passion for theater and care for community took him from Kolkata, India to Grinnell — and then to London, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, and more! Along the way, he studied Shakespeare, discovered the power of digital storytelling, and completed multiple mentored research projects.

Avery Barnett '21

Avery Barnett ’21

Avery experienced Grinnell as a launching pad to explore her interests in physics, policy, and sustainable energy — on campus, at 13 national conferences, and across four continents!

Nicole Méndez Subieta ’21

Nicole Méndez Subieta ’21

Nicki, an economics and sociology major from Bolivia, found lifelong friends, hosted a radio show, and explored the Western U.S. with the Extreme Club. She also pursued her passion for global development through an internship in Ghana and studied abroad in four European countries!

Olivia Woolam ’21

Olivia Woolam ’21

Liv, an English and studio art major from Florida, found a band of sisters in the women’s basketball team. In true Grinnellian fashion, she combined her passions — in her case: athletics and art, through multimedia projects and a creative services internship with the WNBA’s Chicago Sky!

Evan Hurst '21

Evan Hurst '21

Evan studied local LGBTQ+ history, interned at a Seattle filmmakers’ collective, explored the prairies of Iowa, and discovered that they are, in fact, a cat person.

We use cookies to enable essential services and functionality on our site, enhance your user experience, provide better service through personalized content, collect data on how visitors interact with our site, and enable advertising services.

To accept the use of cookies and continue on to the site, click "I Agree." For more information about our use of cookies and how to opt out, please refer to our website privacy policy.