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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.

Merel Timmermans '22

Merel Timmermans ’22

Merel came to Iowa from California, then joined the cross country team, explored her new hometown, and worked at an NGO in Mexico, all within her first year. A political science major, Merel caucused in Iowa during the election season, then found ways to maintain Grinnell community during Covid.

Lex Baumann '22

Lex Baumann ’22

Lex was focused on urban colleges until she visited Grinnell and fell in love. Since arriving, she has job-shadowed a lawyer in Miami, served as a community advisor (CA), changed her major, and much more. Next up: law school applications.

Maddie McCabe '22

Maddie McCabe ’22

Coming from a small town in Minnesota, Maddie was struck by the diversity and passion within Grinnell’s student body. She joined the track team, found a job hosting events as a Class Ambassador, and worked with her on-campus mentors to identify her core values, do nutritional research, and prepare for a career in public health.

Claire Pollard '22

Claire Pollard ’22

Claire applied Early Decision to Grinnell and has never looked back. She volunteers at a local animal shelter, worked for the former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development during election season, secured a remote internship while spending a summer in Grinnell, studied abroad in Denmark, and prepared for a career in law by job-shadowing a Grinnell alum and attorney.



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.

Seth Bartusek '21

Seth Bartusek ’21

During his time at Grinnell, Seth lived in Farm House, played varsity baseball, and conducted marine biology research off the coast of New Zealand. Next, he’s headed to Alaska to work with the U.S. Forest Service!



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