1373 – That’s how many miles Veda was from home when she left her impoverished home to attend The Ethel Walker School in 1972. At 15, Veda found herself in a culture shock at an all-girls New England prep school. The culture challenging as Veda interacted with rich white girls and adults she describes as nice white ladies. For three years, she faced difficulties in growing up socially, emotionally, and academically. Throughout her story, Veda juxtaposes her southern upbringing with that of her prep school experience. Her journey prepared her for a life of living with differences and similarities with women of all hues.