The first thing you learn is that things rarely go according to plan. When obstacles arise, Watson Fellows become masters of snap judgment, and after a year of course-correcting and adapting, an inner transformation takes place.

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from a special edition of Arches magazine that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Watson Fellowship, in which we explore the travels, stories, and reflections of Puget Sound’s fellows. For the best viewing experience, download the autumn Arches PDF.