Katrina Maynes is understandably excited to be accepted into a
graduate program at Cambridge University, a first for Grand Valley,
but said there is “nothing special” about her.
“I just found what I loved and was willing to work hard at it,” said Maynes, a 2014 graduate of the Honors College with a history major and international relations minor. “I’ve always been interested in exploring identity, community and social integration and have paired those with a focus in Medieval history.”
While attending high school in Canton, Michigan, Maynes studied French and took several AP classes in history. At Grand Valley, her outstanding performance continued and was recognized with a Frederik Meijer First Generation Honors College Scholarship, a Niemeyer History Scholarship, a Grand Valley Faculty Scholarship, a Grand Valley Award for Excellence, a Grand Finish Grant and an ‘I Am Grand Valley’ Award.
While completing challenging history courses and college French and Latin studies, Maynes also managed to be involved in a tremendous number of campus groups, including the Phi Alpha Theta History Honors Fraternity and the Phi Sigma Pi Academic Honors Fraternity, and served as president of History “Theta” Club, vice president of the International Relations Organization and editor of the Grand Valley Journal of History. She was also one of only three Lead Peer Research Consultants at Grand Valley’s Student Academic Success Center, working with students and mentoring and training incoming consultants.
“I have been very fortunate at Grand Valley to have so many excellent professors who have been caring mentors and role models for me,” said Maynes. “My passion for history inspires me to become a professor to share my love of learning and history with the next generation of scholars.”