I give annually to Grinnell's Pioneer Fund because of what Grinnell gave to me.
I support Grinnell by assisting admissions recruitment and post-graduate counseling because Grinnell supported me.
And I look out for Grinnell and her future in my estate planning because Grinnell looked out for me.
I was able to attend Grinnell because of the generous financial aid package that Nick Ryan and the admission office prepared for me. It made a Grinnell education available at the price I would have paid as an "in-state" student at my state's major universities. The package combined work-study, loans, and scholarships. The work I did outside of class through this arrangement--as a tour guide, a dishwasher in Quad, and as a Forum desk attendant--may have taught me as much as my course work.
I am who I am today because of Grinnell. Grinnell literally changed my life. It opened my eyes and opened doors I never thought possible. It helped determine my career, made me a traveler, and a critical thinker. My education motivates me to this day. My best friends are my friends from college. Grinnell instilled in me the ability to step back and look at both sides of a question, to always rinse a beaker (or anything else, for that matter) three times with water (thank you, Professor Erickson), and to know that "sometimes it is not having the right answer but asking the right question." The only think I'll never question is my indebtedness and love for Grinnell.