Grinnell students are rarely hot. While there are a few tan, thin, blond girls and a handful of buff guys with chiseled features and moussed hair, if you come to Grinnell to look for them, you’ll be disappointed. Few girls even wear makeup, and some guys haven’t showered or changed clothes in a week. If you’re willing to look for something beyond a Calvin Klein commercial, you may be in luck. Grinnell students are intelligent, socially-concerned, fun-loving, friendly individuals. They’re capable of holding a conversation after an evening of drunken debauchery. Believe it or not, some girls actually like the shaggy, rugged, hippy look on guys, and there are guys who like girls who are spunky and unique looking.
While finding a make-out buddy on a Saturday night is usually not that difficult, finding a girlfriend or boyfriend might be. It’s notoriously difficult to stay in a relationship at Grinnell. Nobody’s exactly sure why it’s so difficult to keep one dance partner, but it may have to do with the general acceptability of making out with random people or casual sex. That freewheeling atmosphere probably puts a lot of strain on relationships, as does the unwieldy amount of academic stress. However, many Grinnellians marry each other after they graduate.