First Words

Who Says You Can't Go Home Again?

By Samantha Trautman Soper ‘91

As a Vassar alumna of the class of 1991, I’ve made many trips to this ever-changing and always-inspiring campus. I first arrived as an enthusiastic transfer student from Trinity College sophomore year, but before I knew it I was saying my good-byes at senior week with my adult life just beginning. Five more years passed, and I attended reunion to relive some of the good times with close friends and those who I had lost contact with over the years (including Matt Soper ’91 whom I married a few years later). This time, I’m delighted to say that I’m here not as a starry-eyed student or reminiscent alumna, but as an administrator whose job it is to further and promote this wonderful community we are all so lucky to share. As editor of Vassar, I am looking forward to working with the on-campus community and with so many of my fellow alumni.

I also would like to introduce you to Veronika Ruff ’01 who joins me at Vassar magazine. This spring, Veronika completed her thesis on Germany and global media and graduated with a degree in international studies. After a brief visit home with her family in Minneapolis, she returned to Poughkeepsie to begin the next phase of her Vassar experience — as assistant editor of the alumni magazine. Veronika and I intend to uphold the quality of Vassar, but will also look for ways in which we can add to the value of the reader’s experience; we welcome your thoughts and comments.