When I started at Wellesley, I knew I was interested in people and ideas, and the connections between and amongst them. I concentrated my studies on sociology and history and was active in Jewish life on campus, both of which I thoroughly enjoyed; and I made amazing life-long friends with whom I can't wait to reconnect at my first reunion in June. I got a job soon after graduation at an educational nonprofit running an online encyclopedia where I worked for several years doing writing, editing, and research, but realized I was itching for more skills suited to today's workplace, and a more intellectually stimulating role. My confidence to embark and succeed in switching careers at 25: to immerse myself in web development - a completely foreign topic and skill set to me at the time - learn the necessary skills, develop my brand, network to meet the right people in my new field and ultimately launch my career in technology, I believe, was something I gained at Wellesley, which provided me the space, time, and resources to develop my sense of self and practice sticking to my convictions. I am forever grateful to the people on campus and off who enabled me to study and grow - as a writer, networker, analytical thinker, and strategic planner - as well as the lifelong network of alumnae across the world who share the Wellesley experience and effect. I continue my involvement with Wellesley through my leadership on the Washington Wellesley Club and many wonderful friendships.