Not going to Nigeria enabled me to see many of my friends and family I thought I wouldn’t see for a year and a half. So many new people entered my life this summer. It will be strange to not be with them for my senior year of college, but I am so thankful I had the opportunity to make memories with them. I got to go to Lollapalooza, a huge music festival in Chicago. I got to visit my dad in Austin, Texas. I got to go to New York City. Everything worked out for the best and now I am 2 days away from going to Nigeria!
I don’t know if I believe the saying, “everything happens for a reason,” but I am seriously happy with the way this summer turned out. It would have been good if I went to Nigeria in June, but being in Madison and Chicago was the best time of my life so far and I know it’s only going to get better from here.