Around April 10 of my Senior year of high school, I donned a Mount Holyoke sweatshirt and went to school. I had just decided that I would attend college there, and my excitement was visible. Being an East Coast school, and relatively unknown to many of my classmates, no one really shared my excitement other than my two closest friends. I walked into my AP US History class and sat down. Other people in that class had decided where they were going as well, and I was excited to start discussing ‘the future’ with them. As we settled in and began the lecture, our teacher brought up the painting entitled “The Oxbow” by Thomas Cole. The painting is of the oxbow in the Connecticut River from the view of Mount Holyoke (the mountain, not the college).