The story of a missing 19-year-old Columbia University student that seemed destined for tragedy has taken a positive and truly pedestrian turn.
Nayla Kidd disappeared from campus on May 5, and 10 days later the Ivy League student was found starting a new life in a different borough. Authorities tracked Kidd down when she reactivated her bank card with her new apartment address in Brooklyn.
Before she went missing, Kidd changed her cellphone number, her bank account, and deactivated her Facebook page. She also missed her final exams, which left her mother, La Creis Kidd, confused and concerned because Kidd, who is attending the prestigious university on full scholarship, has always been very serious about her studies.
"This is not Nayla," Kidd told CBS New York days before her daughter resurfaced. "She prides herself on doing her very best in school. For her to be missing right now is very heart-wrenching."
Turns out, pressures at school is exactly why Nayla walked away from her life in the first place. Police sources explained to the New York Daily News that academic pressure from her engineering and applied sciences class load had overwhelmed the young student. "Basically, she just wanted to get away from it all," the spokesman said. "She rented a place in Brooklyn. She didn't want to be at school anymore."
Kidd and her mother were reunited on Monday. "We all know you have questions about Nayla's disappearance," read a statement on a Facebook page dedicated to finding the young woman. "But, we ask that everyone to please respect Nayla and her family's privacy."
Hopefully this bright young woman and her family will continue to focus on her mental health instead of her academic success moving forward.
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