I have a B.A. in English (literature and composition) with a minor in Feminist (Women's) Studies. I would say that I am definitely here at Mothering because I went to college.
I went to college and met other people who were/wanted to be vegetarian. Because I had that support (I tried and failed to be a vegetarian in high school) I became vegetarian. I found out about and joined PETA. Then, the 20th anniversary of Earth Day occurred while I was in college, and the University sponsored activities. I became an at-home environmentalist. I learned about cloth diapers. I've always closely linked my vegetarianism and environmentalism, because the both come from my respect for the earth and all of her living things.
I had a lesbian professor. Because of her I started my minor studies in feminism. I learned about so many things through these classes and the people I encountered in them. I confronted the latent homophobia and prejudices that I had grown up with. I learned to be open to new and different ways of thinking and doing things. More importantly, I grew as a person and realized that I didn't have to follow the herd or do things just because my mother did them.
Because of all of these things I decided to use cloth diapers and deliver with a midwife when I was pregnant with my first child. While at the midwife's office I picked up a copy of "Mothering" and the rest is history.