Emma O'Polka Armah ’12

1227 Park Street
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

Emma O'Polka Armah ’12

Assistant Director of Admission

Offices, Departments, or Centers: Admission ,

Hometown: Grinnell, Iowa

Degree: B.A. (Grinnell College)

Undergraduate majors: Gender, women’s, and sexuality studies & theatre and dance

What I love about my territory: I love meeting students with such a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, even from nearby. My territory has deepened my understanding of the American Midwest, and I enjoy helping shed a new light on Grinnell for students who may not have considered attending college somewhat close to home. When I travel to states like Texas and Wisconsin, it’s a treat to spend time by big water and eat ALL the seafood.

What I love about Grinnell: It is just such a unique place! Grinnell has a cosmopolitan campus environment with a rootedness in — and strong ethic of service toward — rural issues.

Hobbies/activities: Growing plants brings me so much joy. During the Iowa growing season, you can often find me in the vegetable garden or tending to prairie pollinator patches around my home. I also enjoy cooking (and eating!) the food that I grow, biking on Iowa's endless gravel roads, reading sci-fi, and cuddling with my cat, Circe.

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