“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
It is no longer a question. I can have it all.
As a little girl, my sister and I would dress up as cleaning ladies and prance around the house dusting. I would cook in my play kitchen, serve the food to my dolls, and coddle them as if I was the best mother of them all. I never put on a play suit and tie or stole my father's briefcase. I never pretended to be a working mother.
In sixth grade, I was asked to look into the future and write my autobiography. I discussed my career as a successful animator and my doctor husband. I talked about the long hours I worked and my mansion, but I never mentioned any children. Seems I thought then that working and being a mother was impossible.
It isn't fair that women have had to choose. I won't choose.
I will raise children who believe normal is playing in the kitchen while wearing a suit and tie.
I will go to work each day and create an environment where working mothers thrive. I will come home each night and prove to my children that they too can have it all.
I will be a mentor, leader, and change agent in the corporate world.
I will be a strong, successful working mother.
— Ali Nuger
Each year we ask our classmates a straightforward, simple question taken from the lines of a poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Mary Oliver.
We share with you intimate and candid responses to this question, "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
Concept and photography:
Tony Deifell, MBA '02
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