Katy Olson and Lizzie Valverde were given up for adoption.
On the first day of class students introduced themselves, and after class, Katie, who knew she was adopted and had a missing sister, approached Lizzie very excited, asking a lot of personal questions. Lizzie thought Katy was having a panic attack until Katy exclaimed, "I think we're sisters!" She was right. Until that moment, Lizzie didn't know she had a sister, but she had discovered their birth mother through online research and met her. She encouraged Katy to meet her too. But when?
This month, Lizzie graduated with a B.A. in creative writing. Katy, who graduated last year with the same degree and is now pursuing a master's degree in writing at Columbia, was there to congratulate her. Their birth mom also attended, meeting Katy for the first time.
"In them I see what I had the potential to be," Parker said. "They're both living what I always wanted to be. I felt like the world was coming full circle."