Grinnellian Stories

Doing greater things is what Grinnellians do

Shaping students into the best versions of themselves is just one part of what Grinnell does.

Find inspiration in your fellow Grinnellians.

Graduation Caps worn at commencement. In Focus, one that says "Thanks Grinnell "IOWA" lot to you"

“There has been no more important time in living memory than right now to be a student at a place that is intentional and conscious about how ideas come into existence and how knowledge is communicated and used in society. Grinnell’s great strength is that students come here and discover and make meaning in community and in partnership.”
President Anne Harris
“What we are doing is so Grinnellian. Grinnellians really do care about social justice.”
Peter Mosher ’14
“At Grinnell, I learned the importance of service and the impact of sharing positivity with communities and showing support. Grinnell also taught me the importance of community-driven collaborative partnerships and being a global citizen.”Carson Peters ’20
“Grinnell gave me the ability to see the world through someone else’s eyes and think ‘what does this person care about and how can I understand their perspective.' It’s what critical thinking really looks like in action.”Claire Reeder Fletcher ’11
“I received substantial aid from Grinnell from what is now the Pioneer Fund. My Grinnell experience had a significant impact on my life in terms of education, as well as socially and culturally. It’s important to me to support that access and experience for current and future students.”Kristin Stout ‘89
“Grinnell is open to students creating those pockets of comfortable belonging inside of a broader more diverse belonging we have to navigate. I learned to look for people I have commonalities and can engage easily, but also to seek to build community with people who are different from me. It’s worth doing the work to find common ground even though it’s not as obvious.”Kaya Prasad ‘19
“The joy I feel in helping complete strangers, I can’t monetize it — I really can’t. It’s an incredible void that we’re filling, and it’s a void that needs to be filled.”Matheos Mesfin ‘14