Since first stepping foot on the University of Minnesota in 1999, I’ve never grown tired of visiting campus. It’s at once both familiar and new: a mix of collegiate memories and inevitable transformations over time. For me, it’s been a place of self-discovery, new friendships, bold ideas and learning. As a teen, I figured college is where you figure everything out. In reality, life slowly unfolds much like a lily, though instead of petals, it’s a series of unfolding choices and the decisions you make as you cross each bridge. One step at a time.

A view last year of the bridge during the winter.