In responding to the question, “How did Naropa find you?” I can’t help but respond by saying how grateful I am that it did. It was 2010 and I had recently divorced after 22 years of marriage. My oldest was in college and my youngest a sophomore in high school. I was, needless to say, a tad bit lost. Not terribly so, but more than I thought. I contemplated auditing a few classes at Bowdoin College just to get myself writing, thinking, and engaging again. I mentioned this to a friend. He swung around in his office chair, started typing into his computer, and immediately pulled up the Naropa website. “No you’re not,” he said. “You’re going to get your masters in creative writing. You need to go here,” he instructed. “No where else.” I was a bit muddled. I never heard of Naropa or ever contemplated getting a masters. Not once. Ever. I looked over his shoulder at the website and was immediately struck with what an important idea this was. At the time I didn’t think it mattered where I went, just as long as I went back to school. So I filled out the application one week before the due date, crossed my fingers, and waited. It wasn’t until I was accepted and signed up for on-line classes that I realized I would have to take poetry ( I had the grand illusion that I could avoid the poetry classes…this goes to show you how much I knew about Naropa). Poetry scared me. I was so intimidated that first semester, but somehow I managed to write a small portfolio of poems. I was on my way to making a discovery about myself that I never would have realized had I not attended Naropa, and as a result of discovering poetry, I made a discovery about myself. I love beauty. I require serenity. I am easily jarred both emotionally and spiritually. Naropa, and the work I was exposed to and ultimately created, brought me beauty, serenity, and jarred me both emotionally and spiritually. I will always say this. I am a more complete writer having attended Naropa because I am a more complete person. I was sent my “marching orders” to attend Naropa at a difficult time in my life. And so I did. Naropa knocked and I answered. Thank you!