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ellemarguerite. | chicago  God > 1.15.2016 🇧🇫 📍atl • dmv 1908 | dog mom | brunch enthusiast | wanderluster

As I look back on my time in Chicago, I am nothing but grateful about the city who has made me who I am. I arrived here at just a mere 21, starting my first corporate job and I'm leaving at 24 pursuing my master's degree at #American University.

Since I've been here: I've enjoyed countless margaritas at #Ceres on Friday's, went to a #fefe on the block, joined and got kicked out of plenty GroupMe chats, tried to and once successfully got cuffed during cuffing season, went to a gaggle of summer festivals, spent summer Saturday's at The Shrine, had my first long-term boyfriend, got my heart broken, eaten at more brunch spots than I can count, painfully ignored my lactose intolerance for Giordano's and Lou Malnati's, not worn socks during -20 degree weather, worked at two Fortune 500's, survived an al-Qaeda #terrorist attack, got diagnosed with #PTSD and #depression, started and continued mental health counseling, quit my job, made and lost friends, protested the Donald with a "Save Melania" sign, secured a $30,000 fellowship for educational equity, and had 17 people send me off yesterday at a drunken margarita taco brunch.

Chicago, thank you for making me who I am. Thank you for opening my eyes to the #world. Thank you for toughening me up; thank you for softening me. And overall, thank you for reminding me that I am full of #blackgirlmagic and that can handle anything that life throws at me.

If you were part of my journey here, thank you for being apart of my experience. I am leaving #Chicago with nothing but love for everyone I encountered and an appreciation for my growth over the past 3 years. ✌🏽#Chitown, we out!

shmood all summer 17.

should have went to a fefe on the block for my last friday in chicago.

MAHALO - Pork Belly Ramen, Dumpling Ramen, Classic Tuna Poké Bowl #food #drinks #chicago #chicagoeats #restaurant #hawaiian #foodie

🚨 LIFE UPDATE: I have been named the inaugural recipient of the Charles Tesconi Graduate Fellowship for Educational Equity at The American University's School of Education. I will be pursuing my Master's of Art in International Training and Education and I couldn't be more excited. Chino and I are headed to Washington, D.C. and bidding Chicago adieu. Thank you for everyone that was there for me during my time in Chicago, and for all of those that supported me during my difficult season! I will be earning the first Master's degree in my household ☺️ ••• Since January 15, 2016, I've been wondering what my involvement in al-Qaeda's Burkina Faso attacks means to my life's purpose. I am choosing to not wallow in my trauma, yet use this experience to study extremism alongside my departmental chair! #americanuniversity #gradschool #blackandeducated #scholarship #education #terroristsurvivor #chinolooksregalasf #welit

Hey, let's get away.


"You decent asl" - Chicago Men

i don't know what i wanna call this bih...

Yesterday, I spoke at the World Bank's Civil Society Forum. My panel was entitled "Financial Inclusion: Uplifting the Invisible Class." I discussed the harsh financial realities that terrorist attack survivors face upon returning from these traumas. I am so grateful to have presented my experience on a world stage and hopefully The World Bank seeks to fund policy and protocol changes that benefit survivors of terror! #worldbank #civilsocietyforum #springmeetings #washingtondc #washington #terrorism #terrorismsurvivor

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