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A doctoral degree can help you think bigger, go farther—and contrary to popular belief, it’s accessible to people from any walk of life willing to work hard for a dream.

It’s often seen as an accomplishment reserved for academics, but we’re on a mission to show that with a strong work ethic and big ideas, a doctorate is more attainable than often perceived. That’s why Roadtrip Nation is teaming up with Walden University to send three doctoral candidates on a journey across the country. Along the way, they’ll explore how they can channel their interests and ambitions into a doctoral degree to reach new heights—both personally and professionally. Follow the road-trippers’ journey below, then watch the documentary on public television—and right here—when it premieres.


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CRYSTAL FRANCIS

Age 31
From Baltimore, MD

An avid biker who can be seen riding her motorcycle to her government-agency job, Crystal likes to toe the line between chaos and order. After she finishes her doctoral studies on prisoner reentry and employment, Crystal wants to take a big leap and run for public office, which would give her the platform she needs to apply her research to the real world. But she’s scared of jumping without the protection of a safety net—in order to mount a serious campaign, she’d have to quit the government job that she’s been working at for over ten years. She hopes that this road trip will introduce her to risk-takers and planners alike, giving her some insight about what to do after her dissertation is done.

Crystal

JASON VANFOSSON

Age 30
From Kalamazoo, MI

Jason’s doctoral research revolves around boyhood road trips in young adult literature—and now he’s eager to take a formative road trip of his own. As a kid who felt like he never fit in with his working-class West Virginia community, the refuge he found in reading naturally developed into a lifelong love of literature. Jason was the first person in his family to go to college, and once there, he realized he’d finally found an environment where he could thrive. But as graduation quickly approaches, he’s realized that he’s been in school for 27 years and doesn’t know what’s next. After spending so much time honing his critical skills, he’s eager to see how he can cultivate them into a creative career.

Jason

KYLIE YEARWOOD

Age 38
From Hogansville, GA

Born and raised in Georgia, Kylie’s never been west of Missouri—but she’s ready to expand her horizons. Already a registered nurse with a master’s degree in nursing education, Kylie knows that she could walk away from her studies today and have a perfectly satisfying career as a teacher or nurse...but she wants more. After seeing her sister struggle to get a nurse’s attention during a hospital stay, she’s realized what she really wants is “a seat at the table”—a voice in shaping the policies that will impact the future of medical care on a national scale, and for the better. Just four classes away from starting her dissertation, she hopes this road trip will steer her away from her usual, well-trodden paths, and open her eyes to all of the opportunities her education can offer.

Kylie

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STOPS & INTERVIEWS

STOPS
INTERVIEWS
Palomar Observatory, CA
5/1/2017

Mansi M. Kasliwal

Asst. Professor of Astronomy & Principal Investigator at GROWTH, Caltech

Pasadena, CA
5/2/2017

Jorge Cham

Cartoonist/Roboticist, PHD Comics

Los Angeles, CA
5/2/2017

Dr. Nancy Irwin

Doctor of Clinical Pyschology

Denver, CO
5/5/2017

Irene Aguilar

State Senator, Colorado

Colombia, MO
5/9/2017

Jackie Gamboa

Ph.D Chemistry & Producer, The Big Electron Podcast

Memphis, TN
5/11/2017

Artina McCain

Assistant Professor of Piano, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis

Steven Scott, DVM

Founder/Director of Veterinary Care, Hohenwald Animal Hospital/ Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary

Silver Spring, MD
5/15/2017

Dr. Pam Cipriano

President, American Nurses Association (ANA)

Washington, DC
5/15/2017

Adam Foss

Attorney/Founder, Prosecutor Impact

Baltimore, MD
5/16/2017
Brooklyn, NY
5/18/2017

Emily Jenkins

Children's Author, Toys Go Out

New York, NY
5/19/2017

Mila Rosenthal

Director of Communication, United Nations Development Programme

Dr. Ivan Joseph

Author, You Got This: Mastering the Skill of Self-Confidence

STOPS & INTERVIEWS

Palomar Observatory, CA
5/1/2017

Mansi M. Kasliwal

Asst. Professor of Astronomy & Principal Investigator at GROWTH, Caltech


Pasadena, CA
5/2/2017

Jorge Cham

Cartoonist/Roboticist, PHD Comics


Los Angeles, CA
5/2/2017

Dr. Nancy Irwin

Doctor of Clinical Pyschology


Denver, CO
5/5/2017

Irene Aguilar

State Senator, Colorado


Colombia, MO
5/9/2017

Jackie Gamboa

Ph.D Chemistry & Producer, The Big Electron Podcast


Memphis, TN
5/11/2017

Artina McCain

Assistant Professor of Piano, Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis

Steven Scott, DVM

Founder/Director of Veterinary Care, Hohenwald Animal Hospital/ Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary


Silver Spring, MD
5/15/2017

Dr. Pam Cipriano

President, American Nurses Association (ANA)


Washington, DC
5/15/2017

Adam Foss

Attorney/Founder, Prosecutor Impact


Baltimore, MD
5/16/2017


Brooklyn, NY
5/18/2017

Emily Jenkins

Children's Author, Toys Go Out


New York, NY
5/19/2017

Mila Rosenthal

Director of Communication, United Nations Development Programme

Dr. Ivan Joseph

Author, You Got This: Mastering the Skill of Self-Confidence

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