Living in Noanett house during my freshman year, with 54 other "girls," helped me to bond with my class. The friends I made there have remained my closest friends through the years. I was always aware of the magnificent campus. My feelings about the beauty of the environment were formed at Wellesley. In addition, the college experience gave me a world view that has served me well in my career as a writer, as well as my personal life. The photo was taken at the Rockefeller Foundation Study Center in Bellagio, Italy, in 2003, when my husband and I were host scholars.