Nisu | 18 | Atlanta

Nisu in Atlanta

Photo credit: Joseph Roybal

How would your life be different if you had less money?
I would not have been able to travel like I have. And I would not [have] been able to experience different parts of the world—like very rural parts of the world that made me realize just how lucky I am to have the things I have.

Where have you been?
Brazil, [to] these villages that are on the mountaintop with families living in one room. It’s one thing to read about it in classes, but [to] actually see it is different. In America, we have this whole drive of money equals happiness, which I think is all-false.

Do you find that to be true in your situation?
I think that’s not true. They have this [thing called] retail therapy, where girls think that going shopping will make them a little bit happier temporarily. But in the long run, money does not make me happy. It can buy you things, but it’s fake happiness. It’s exciting for a minute, but then you realize it doesn’t mean anything.

Are you from here?
I was adopted from China when I was 10 months old and have lived here [since].

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