I came to the US in 1981 with my husband, who was enrolled in a PhD program at GWU. The panel as a whole represents my Middle Eastern cultural and ethnic background. There's a Turkish coffee pot and cup in the lower right-hand corner, depicting spilled grounds flowing out of the cup lying on its side. This symbolizes the start of my journey to the US...back home, they read your future using coffee grounds. My cup said, "you will embark on a long journey."