In this chapter, the author details what she regards as a new phase in her life. Westover states, “On New Year’s Day, Mother drove me to my new life” (153). Her mother was taking her to her to her college campus where she would go to study. She had just a few of her possessions with her to fill her small apartment which was about a mile south of the campus. She had never spent more than a few hours in any city before, and her ears had become accustomed to silence. In the city, when people talked, the author could hear every sound individually. Westover felt that no place in the city was quiet and she had to try hard to get accustomed to her new situation.