My favorite thing about college: The people, definitely. Although I arguably still lived in a “liberal bubble” at college, Macalester College was where I met people from every corner of the earth – I met people from Charleston, West Virginia to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, from Nairobi, Kenya, to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. College was the first time I really stepped into the world, the first time my beliefs were challenged, the first time I was exposed to ideas and theories I had never heard of, the first time I began to understand a little bit more about myself. Even though I was among people who had vastly different experiences from my own, there was a sense of community present on my college campus, a community that was never there for me in high school. This fostered community made me feel wanted, valued and supported and pushed me to embrace the challenges, as well as the differences in diverse thought. It was the people at college that pushed me to write a novella for my senior capstone, to play the lead role in the mainstage theater production, to question and rethink my beliefs that I once thought were “concrete,” and “unchanging.” I owe my growth as a person to all to those people, to that community, to Macalester. I am beyond grateful, and will always keep my college experience in mind as I continue to grow.