In many ways Pei-Ru Ko’s time at Williams was a classic success story. After considering transferring during her first year, she went on to serve as a Junior Advisor and member of College Council, write for the Record, and create Storytime. She left Williams determined to bring her abundant energy to other communities. Only a few months after graduation, however, those plans were cut short.
While home in Taiwan, Ko developed a rare and crippling autoimmune condition. For the past four and a half years her primary task has not been career advancement, but survival. While traditional medicine was little help, she found that real, organic food had a surprising healing power. Now, as her health improves, she is launching a non-profit called Real Food: Real Stories to use her love for storytelling to give back to the farmers who aided in her recovery.
I met Ko near her apartment in San Francisco to learn about her journey and hear how her illness provided new perspective on questions of life, career, and success.