Monique McLay Shore ’90

Drake Public Library

Monique McLay Shore ’90

Your campus and classroom experience will challenge you to grow and expand your understanding of the world. But there is much that can be learned off campus, too.

Monique McLay Shore ’90

Congratulations, new Grinnellian!

Gaining admission to Grinnell presents the opportunity to spend four years in a really special place. I still remember the first time I drove into Grinnell. A new student, I had never visited campus and was excited to experience everything this small college and Midwestern town could offer. I loved it from day one and am excited for you to experience all it has to offer!

I ended up settling in Grinnell. I work at the public library, am active in many local organizations, and am the proud parent of a current student. Your campus and classroom experience will challenge you to grow and expand your understanding of the world. But there is much that can be learned off campus, too. Experience a vibrant rural community of varied ages and backgrounds. Hang out at the coffee shop. Volunteer in the schools. Engage with the Grinnell Area Arts Council. Get involved with one of our churches (the United Methodist Church supported me as a student and has remained a huge part of my life). Spend a summer here and enjoy the farmers market and free concerts in the park.

If you’re from a big city or another country, be open-minded about this part of America. Break through regional stereotypes. Take walks and let the quiet sounds of nature, the dark night skies, and even the distant train whistles soothe your soul. Experience it all with an open mind, and the magic of the Grinnell experience will never leave you.

Best,

Monique McLay Shore ’90
Drake Public Library

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