I’m no nun, but I am a student of W&L. Like the nuns of New Spain who donned escudo de monjas, I wear a physical symbol, a “badge of patriotism” to show my differences from those around me in this photo. The nuns wore escudas to show the Spanish government that they would not follow the convent reforms of the 17th century. I stand against the walls of my new home, the traditional brick walls of the Graham Lees dorm, but am making a (minor, compared to the impact of the escudo de monjas) statement about who I am. That statement is declaring where I’m from; a modern, t-shirt version of an escudo de monja by a college student.