When I was baptized in December of 2009, I felt elated. I felt like the goal I’d been working toward for so long had finally been reached and that my baptism was going to be a blessing for eternity. What I had forgotten is that Heavenly Father gave us a temporal existence to learn, and I still had a lot of learning to do.
Mills College is a private, all-women’s liberal arts college in Oakland, Calif. Its population of less than 2,000 students — that includes graduate students — creates benefits like small class sizes, strong relationships with faculty and staff, and generous scholarships, all of which motivated me to attend. Because I wasn’t a member of the church yet, I didn’t really consider what it would be like to be a member there when I sent my acceptance letter. And I’m glad I didn’t.