As I start classes tomorrow, I think about the last three months and all of the amazing experiences that came with it. Summer of 2018 was one to remember and I hope this school year is only the same.
The month of June began with a weekend up in Lutsen, MN with some of my closest friends at Cathedral of the Pines, the summer camp I grew up going to. When I came back from the weekend away, I began my position as the Concord Foundation Mini Intern and continued working at Stewart’s restaurant. By the end of the month, I did a weekend trip to Chicago with my boyfriend, Neo.
In the beginning of this month, I traveled to Europe to visit my sister who was teaching in Spain for 6 weeks. We met each other in London for about 3-4 days. The hostel we stayed in was amazing and we met the most wonderful people during our stay. It was right across the street from Hyde Park. We spent our time going to cafés, taking the bus and tube everywhere, visiting Buckingham Palace, Big Ben (which was under construction) and Chinatown. We also visited a numerous amount of different neighborhoods. My favorite was Camden and spending half the day at the town market. We also went to a hip hop/spoken word show and I can’t even begin to explain how moved I was by it. On average, we walked about 10-12 miles a day. So you could say we explored the city pretty decently.
After London, we spent another 3-4 days in Amsterdam. I have always heard about how beautiful this city is, but it is one of those places you have to go and see for yourself. We wandered by and through the canals, ate amazing restaurants (my favorite was an all avocado menu), wandered Vondelpark, and we even went to a Questlove show. The funny part about that is that the doors didn’t open until midnight and we didn’t get home until close to 4AM. The nightlife was an adjustment compared to our early nights here in the states. Only a week of adventure but well spent and well entertained.
I spent the rest of the month working and I visited friends at Madison the last weekend of July as well.
This month was filled with many different emotions. Even though August flew by ridiculously fast, a lot of this transpired. The first couple of weeks were difficult because my grandfather passed away. He had been battling cancer for about 8 years and they originally gave him 2 months to live. He truly was a living miracle for 8 years. My Dida loved life more than anyone I know, so he truly was not ready to leave this beautiful Earth. I spent a few days in Michigan with my family and for the funeral. It was unbelievable to me how a sorrowful event turned out to be the most beautiful, peaceful and reliving thing I have ever seen, and how people, deceased or alive, can bring so many people together. It gives me peace to know he is no longer in pain and in a better place.
When I returned, I had my last week at Concord. I wanted to take this month here and thank EVERYONE at Concord for making my summer experience there so special. I learned so much about myself, what I want to do, and how I will get there. It warms my heart to know I have an amazing community just a call, email or drive away. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, Concord.
I begin classes tomorrow and I still can’t believe it. This summer went by the quickest I have ever experienced. Although it is over, I am honestly really looking forward to this school year. Just as an update, I have declared as a double major in Communications and Social Justice and am hoping to pursue Law School for Immigration Law. This is something that gives me so much energy and passion to learn about and to grow in knowledge and privilege to help people. Aside from my full time class schedule, I got an internship at the Immigration Law Center of Minnesota for this semester. I also am working on campus with a leadership position as the Late Night Event Programmer where I will be hiring musical artists to come perform at HU. And to keep my schedule even more busy, I am continuing to work at Stewart’s and am thinking about starting a Hip Hop Dance Group at Hamline. That’s a wrap from me and from summer 2018!Savannah