When I graduated from college with an engineering degree (my father was aghast and suggested I become a secretary for a “real” engineer), I fell into a depression, bored to death, ignored or ridiculed by the men and certain I had chosen the wrong profession.

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I travelled to Nepal ignorantly confident that I would quickly be able to expedite the maddening and illogical movement of the government. Instead, my narrow Western thinking of how the world works was shockingly, indelibly altered.

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It wasn’t until my mid-twenties, well into my engineering career, that I realized that I could probably learn to play something beyond “Maple Leaf Rag” on the piano. Inspired, I took up the trumpet and joined The Roseville Community Band (no auditions required).

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