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Student Journeys

Extraordinary journeys begin in unexpected places.

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

Nora Leahy '24


Nora Leahy

Nora arrived at Grinnell with her college life planned out to the T. Fortunately, none of her plans came true! With new passions and community, she explored new horizons.

Sophie leans on a short railing that reveals a beautiful crystal blue lake.


Sophie Noyes

Sophie looked forward to a college community. From being theatre's frequent flyer to their passion for mental health and therapy to studying in Spain, they created one with people they absolutely adore.

Andrea strolls along a canal in Denmark with a row of colorful housees and small boats


Andrea Suazo Rivas

Grinnell made Andrea feel like an individual and not just a number. She was also attracted to Grinnell's strong international community.

A young woman runner poses in front of Grinnell's Honor G flag


Izzy George

Izzy wanted a small college that was not too far from home, but also not too close. She wanted to take a wide variety of classes. Grinnell hit the sweet spot.

Harvey Wilhelm '24


Harvey Wilhelm

Harvey crafted an experience that put his interests first: what he enjoyed studying, service, swimming, and multiple off-campus study experiences.

Vanessa Figueroa Weston '24


Vanessa Figueroa Weston

Vanessa was excited to be a part of a community where she could make impact. Finding a volleyball intramural club, shadowing two alumni, research, and her educational policy committee experiences proved that she can and would.

Mia Kauffman '24


Mia Kauffman

Although she intended to pursue a pre-med path, Mia stayed open-minded and found something even more interesting to her.

Brian looks ecstatic as he crosses the finish line in a cross country race


Brian Goodell

Brian always knew he wanted to go to a smaller school. After visiting lots of campuses, he came to Grinnell, and it just clicked.

Caleb Hereto '24


Caleb Hoereth

Caleb discovered his professional goals after multiple internships, clubs, and four years as a varsity soccer player.

A young woman smiles while standing on a bridge over a deep gorge with a rainbow overhead


Jane March

Jane was looking for a small liberal arts college where she could explore her interest in STEM, excel at soccer, and make long-lasting connections. She found it all at Grinnell.

I smile at the camera with brightly lit buildings in the background. It's my hometown, Las Vegas, NV.


Matas Maksimaitis

Matas engaged in rigorous self-examination and self-discovery at Grinnell. From his philosophy classes and research to his Wells Fargo internship in North Carolina, he found himself in multiple angles!

I stick my tongue out in front of the cold waters of Alaska


Antonella Diaz

Antonella came to Grinnell wanting a diverse, tight-knit community that welcomed international students, and a discussion-based, open curriculum that allowed her to explore topics that she hadn't studied before.

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