Ayelet Waldman ’86

I definitely went through significant transitions at Wesleyan. I think mostly it was a matter of self confidence. I had been a very unhappy kid in high school—I didn't have a lot of friends, and I didn't fit in. I lived in a not great part of a very very wealthy town, so I never had as much money as the kids around me—which actually was the truth at Wesleyan...

But I remember my mother always used to promise me that when I got to college everything would be better, that when I got to college I would have friends. And it did seem that when I landed at Wesleyan, I landed in a school full of people who had been at the goober table in the cafeteria—a school full of fellow nerds and outcasts. 

And that felt great. It was really wonderful to be around people who had—even if it wasn't necessarily true—we all had this sense of ourselves as being different, of being outside of the mainstream.

And then we became the mainstream.

(More from this Wesleyan Storytelling Project interview.)