I started playing banjo at fifteen because I wanted to create strange and beautiful sounds. I didn’t anticipate how many doors the banjo would open. It gave me so many new things and people to care about, and provided an activity that I always wanted to return to. I experienced something similar when I began exploring other interests in college, like ethnomusicology, South Asian studies, and literature. There’s an amazing freedom that comes with learning, especially when you’re surrounded by a supportive community that approaches learning with curiosity, compassion, critical engagement, humor, and spontaneity. Warren Wilson nurtures exactly that kind of community, and I’ve never been at a college or university that feels so much like home.