Tree is Me: Self-Portrait

Trees are symbols of knowledge, strength, and endurance.

The self-portrait that merges my identity with that of a tree reminds me of my undergrad years at Bryn Mawr (and life at Perry House) for several reasons. Trees are symbols of knowledge, strength, and endurance. At Bryn Mawr, I “learned how to learn,” as BMC President McPherson once said. Knowledge acquired at Bryn Mawr became the cornerstone of my education and career as a medical doctor. My knowledge of medicine and history (my major) gave me a broad intellectual palette that made it possible for me to pivot from medicine into life as a caregiver and visual artist.


The supportive community of the Sisterhood* [the asterisk denotes that Sisterhood* is open to all genders and gender expressions] at Perry House made me inwardly strong and confident. At Perry House, I also learned how to be joyful while connecting with others in community building. Now that I am a senior citizen, my “knowledge tree” serves as a safe place where others can not only learn but also rest.

This issue of the Alumnae Bulletin presents reflections from Black alumnae/i and students spanning 65 years in the life of the College.