The Spring Break Roadtrip


ROADTRIP NATION PRESENTS

Experience is life's greatest teacher

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  • Being You
    University of Life (23:31)
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    Getting Off Campus (3:15)
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  • Being You
    What the Textbooks Don't Tell You (4:31)
    Web Exclusive
  • Being You
    More to Learn (2:32)
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School teaches us the skills needed to succeed; but how do we figure out what we want to succeed in?

Some answers can't be found in a textbook—especially when it comes to identifying who we are and who we want to become. That’s why Roadtrip Nation teamed up with Blackboard to pluck three college students from their bubbles and send them out into the real world for a spring break adventure like no other. On a mission to interview people in interesting careers—and find ones they can pursue for themselves—they discover that learning isn't limited to the classroom; every moment holds the opportunity to grow.

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THE ROADTRIPPERS

  • MIMI

  • SARAI

  • CHRIS

MIMI SHEPPARD

Age 19
Mississippi State University

Mimi loves to plan. That’s why switching her major from psychology to “art, undeclared” was a step way outside her comfort zone. In her small Mississippi Delta town, everyone expects you to be a farmer or an engineer. But what she really loves is photography, graphic design, and anything that lets her use her imagination. Mimi doesn’t have any models of how that translates into a job, yet—and that makes her nervous. Pursuing art and design may take her far from her hometown, she knows, but pushing past her limits and studying what she loves brings freedom, too. What she’s looking for now is the courage to take her interests beyond what she knows.

Mimi Shepperd

SARAI MERINO

Age 20
Amherst College

Sarai has spent her whole life in the Northeast, and she’s ready to venture out of that bubble. In high school, she discovered her love of film production; and in college, she’s found a passion for social justice. She’s spun those interests into studies that focus on law, film, and media—but she’s not sure if law school is her next step. She carries her parents’ hopes that she can do better than they did as immigrants to the U.S., but she wants to go after her interests, not just stability. She knows that college can be a tool in creating change—to help us understand our identities and bridge new ideas—but now she’s ready to take that further by experiencing more of the world and seeing how she fits into it.

Sarai Merino

CHRIS GOMEZ

Age 18
Phoenix College

It wasn’t until Chris dropped out of high school that he found his purpose for going to college. It’s not that school was hard for him—his family just needed him to help out, so he had to choose. Being out of school was the first time he had the space to explore ideas and discover his love of science and astronomy. Now, after getting his GED, he’s taking community college classes to pursue his engineering degree while he works and helps to raise his seven brothers and sisters. To him, education is a journey to find the unknown, like climbing a mountain to see what’s on the other side. Everyone has a different path to it, but now he’s on that path because he chooses to be.

Sarai Merino

HOME SWEET HOME

NEW GIRL

QUICK STATS

DOB............................2002

# OF ROADTRIPS................4

# OF ROADTRIPS......................4

MILES......................103,000

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STOPS & INTERVIEWS

STOPS
INTERVIEWS
Los Angeles, CA
March 14

Tommaso Treu

Professor, UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy

Redondo Beach, CA
March 14

Cathryn Collins

Senior Account Manager, Pistol & Stamen

San Francisco, CA
March 17

Cheryl Dunye

Film Professor, San Fran State University

Christine Carswell

Publisher, Chronicle Books

STOPS & INTERVIEWS

Los Angeles, CA
March 14

Tommaso Treu

Professor, UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy


Redondo Beach, CA
March 14

Cathryn Collins

Senior Account Manager, Pistol & Stamen


San Francisco, CA
March 17

Cheryl Dunye

Film Professor, San Fran State University

Christine Carswell

Publisher, Chronicle Books

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