The college days were a time when I was just beginning to discover myself. For many of my peers this was when, for the first time, we were making our own choices, seeing what worked and what didn’t, how we would find ourselves, and look for who we wanted to become. One of these friends, Dr. Joy Obidike, takes us back 15 years to those days as a black young woman, coming from an immigrant family, finding herself immersed in a very white world. Joy found opportunity for growth in mentorship, a pursuit in the study of science, faith, becoming Student Government President, and even to the life of public service on Capitol Hill. It didn’t come easy, and in fact came with a lot of pain.