I chose cultural anthropology for my major and gender studies for my concentration. For four years, I studied topics ranging from southern religion to the migration patterns of Homo erectus. I learned how to respectfully and intelligently disagree with those whose political or religious beliefs differed from my own. I realized that to successfully relate to people, I had to open my eyes and my mind and learn how to put aside personal differences in pursuit of mutual goals. This education has served me well in the multidisciplinary health care field, in which finding common ground requires collaboration, cooperation and often a healthy dose of humility.