In 1988, I was an 18-year-old freshman at Vassar College.  Having been pretty sheltered by my comfortable, suburban upbringing, I was overwhelmed by all of the causes, issues and campaigns that my fellow students were committed to with great passion and zeal.  It seemed that every day there was a different campus rally or political meeting about something that evoked a lot of emotion. While I was not unfamiliar with political activity and protest, prior to arriving at Vassar, my world really rotated around my friends, working hard in high school and my various theatrical pursuits.  Because of this, as I settled into life at Vassar, I found myself craving a cause.  I wanted to be like so many around me, deeply committed to something that would make the world better.  I just was not certain what my cause was.

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