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A Sad Goodbye

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Hey everyone,


The past couple of weeks have been pretty insane. One of my classmates and I explored Andersonville, a neighborhood in northern Chicago. This offered an interesting and appreciated "escape" from downtown Chicago, while staying in the city. The area was beautiful and the community aspects in this neighborhood were incredibly prominent which made the visit so enjoyable.



My roommate, Lizzy, and I walked to North Avenue Beach which is located roughly 10 minutes from our apartment along the Lakefront Trail. This walk is absolutely breathtaking and visiting this beach provided another escape. In addition, this walk increased our appreciation for the area overall and immensity of Chicago.



After a somewhat impromptu class meeting on a Monday, I visited Te'Amo with Hannah and Mariah, other Chicago Semester participants. This was my first time experiencing bubble tea and I'm still not 100% sold on the boba aspect of it. We also ate sushi at Friends Sushi, about a 5 minute walk from the apartment. The afternoon was very enjoyable time spent with two amazing young women.







This past Friday, we all received news that we, in many aspects, were not expecting. In light of the COVID-19 presence in Chicago and around the world, Chicago Semester leaders decided to send all students home. This came as a pretty major shock to everyone, as we were directed to move out of the apartments by Wednesday, March 18. We were faced with the challenge of potentially working remotely with our internship sites, or completing relevant coursework to finish our hours. In addition, we had to say goodbye way too soon to the city, and the amazing people we'd met along the way.


While I will not be working remotely for Symmetri, I am so beyond grateful for the opportunity as well as the wealth of knowledge I gained. I was able to work with some amazing people, who taught me more in 2 months than I could have wished for.


In addition, I said "See you later" to many amazing students in the program. I'm sure we will stay in touch, and will reconnect in person very soon. I am thankful to these young women as well, who have taught me a great deal about so much. I cannot express how grateful I am for this experience: for everything I have learned and everyone I have met.



Thanks for following along on this journey with me,

Rachel

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