Many of my closest friends started out as colleges. I suppose that makes sense—I am attracted to people with similar passions and goals. A few years ago I became close with a co-worker with whom I shared an interest in social justice and education. When she left the office to explore another love of hers, art, we remained close and stayed in touch. Recently, she gifted me a few of her paintings to hang in my office. I love them. They are a reminder of our friendship and of the beauty that comes from passion and effort.