Bridget Hanchek started studying Japanese in high school because she was entranced by the idea of studying something that at the time was a total mystery to her.
For those of us who are lucky, a task that’s born out of necessity sometimes turns into a passion. Mitchel Thompson started learning French in middle school because he knew it was required in order to get his dream job one day—working in the watchmaking industry. In the process, however, he fell in love with the language and it became an obsession of its own right.
In in her interview two years ago, Liz had all the excitement of a student who’s recently returned from a study abroad trip. She spoke hopefully, if timidly, of her new dreams for the future, inspired by the research process she had begun while living in Jaipur, India. And lying just under the surface of the dreams she shared was the hint of another passion: art.