A week before flying up to “the last frontier,” I visited my cousin Maggie Smith in Seattle. After years of childhood summers digging in the sandbox in our ruffled polka-dotted bikinis, it was surreal and a little bit bittersweet to see Maggie dominating professional life in her business suit! Following three celebratory weeks of pub nights, champagne toasts, commencement weekend, and farewells, I was relieved to spend the first few days away from Stanford sleeping and reflecting upon my college graduation. Somehow California’s landscape has felt abrasive to me, and I took comfort in Washington’s ocean, sailboats, and lush evergreens. Seattle reminded me of Sydney with its beautiful homes sprawled around Puget Sound on tiny islands and peninsulas. I’m grateful for Maggie’s thoughtful hospitality, and very happy for the time we spent together— no longer as little girls selling homemade bracelets in front of our grandmother’s house, but as young adults.