Ailsa’s travel theme this week at Where’s My Backpack? focuses on International Women’s Day. Awesome.
When I finally decided to get my butt back into school, I had the very good fortune to go to Wellesley College. Yes, it’s a women’s college. Wellesley is academically top-notch, I got to study a subject that I loved, it opened up whole new fields of interests for me that I didn’t know I had until I got there, and I was surrounded by amazingly intelligent, funny, interesting women of all ages and backgrounds and orientations and histories, who never seem to want to stop learning and growing.
The school is still a source of mental strength for me. I go back and visit when I can; it’s an astonishingly beautiful campus. And the lessons I learned while I was there are with me to this day. Going there wasn’t “easy” in the traditional sense of the word–I lost a ton of sleep to late-night cram sessions and smoked five times as many cigarettes as I should have–but it was one of the best things I have ever done for myself.