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!