When I started playing banjo at fifteen I didn’t anticipate how many doors it would open. It connected me to new people, raised complex questions, 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. Each of these brought—and continues to bring—both a sense of freedom and a heightened sense of accountability for my own actions and inactions in the world. At Warren Wilson, I seek growth opportunities for my students, colleagues, and myself by approaching learning with curiosity, compassion, collaboration, critical engagement, and a commitment to social and environmental justice.