- “The best thing about being a student athlete [at Grinnell],” says Riley Guieb ’21, a baseball player from Honolulu, “is being a part of that team and being part of something that’s bigger than myself.”
- He didn’t expect to feel such a strong connection to his teammates in college, but he has.
- One of the big challenges is the time crunch of games—sometimes playing 4 in a weekend. So managing your time to do your school work can be tough, but at Grinnell, everyone is a student first.
Being a Student Athlete
There's so many benefits to a personalized education, it's about you. And that's what education should be about. It shouldn't be about what other people think they want you to learn, it should definitely be about what you want to pursue. The individually advise curriculum is actually one of the biggest factors that drew me to Grinnell, because I wanted to be in a place that would help me craft, and help me refine my interests, but also kind of give me the breath and ability to follow up on different things that I thought that I would be interested in. Everybody here, the first year, takes a tutorial class, and those are really expensive anywhere from Beyonce's lemonade album to something that's historical or religious, etc. But beyond that, you don't have to take any specific class beyond what's required for your major. So every major you take eight courses, some might have extra classes you have to take like calculus or history. But beyond that, you take what you want to take. That kind of freedom to choose what class you're in, creates a classroom environment in which every student is engaged, every student is participating. Having students of multiple disciplines, in all sorts of different classes, really brings new depth to those classes. In my post colonial literature class, we have poli sci, and sociology majors and history majors who are contributing like, really cool context, and they bring their own background and-- and are really encouraged to share that to sort of add a deeper reading to what we're working on. You really get people who are genuinely engaged with the material on the topics. And so you really get a sense of what their perspective is. And you have to have an open mind and open ears in a lot of our classes. Because we do talk about very difficult topics, I think that we have a mutual understanding here at Grinnell, that we're all contributing to each other's learning, and we're all respectful of each other's learning. So when someone's talking, you don't talk. When someone's talking, you listen. Being able to take courses that wouldn't necessarily be part of your, you know, core curriculum is really nice. For instance, I got to try computer science just, you know, for the fun of it, and I really like it, which I wasn't expecting to. I've loved every course that I've taken, there's never been a course that I felt like not learning anything in this class. This is such a waste of time. This is a waste of four credits. I genuinely enjoy going to all my classes and, and having the opportunity to be able to choose what classes I want to go to is a pretty amazing thing about Grinnell. It's as liberal arts as liberal arts can really be and really sets you up for being an independent adult, and having that independent curriculum, being able to choose what you want to do. And so having that really wide breadth, and that huge range of courses that you can take, has really not only made me I think, a better writer and a better learner, I think it's made me a better student in the sense that I can not just read and write and think in that way, but I can also use my analytical skills that I've gotten from my math classes and my economics courses. And it's made me more marketable, especially now that I'm going out and getting jobs that's been really big for employers. Being able to craft my own path and like create my own curriculum at the school is probably one of the top reasons why I came here. I'm not a big believer in like you have to take this course this course such for is like to graduate. I think that's, that's just nonsense. Education should be dynamic. It should be what you want it to be. It should be personalized, and that's what's offered here. And that's what I'm reaping the benefits of every single day.
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