A native of Grinnell, Iowa, Amaris told people during her senior year of high school there was “no way” she’d go to Grinnell College because she wanted to leave town. Nevertheless, she applied, and after she was admitted, she visited campus to investigate what the College had to offer. Two things especially attracted her — the small class sizes and the idea of studying abroad. Through mentored research, Amaris developed more confidence to pursue her own ideas and knowledge. And through rich global learning opportunities, she developed the ability to thrive in settings around the world.