Texas Roadtrip


Texas Roadtrip

High school is a time to explore, create, take chances, and make mistakes.

But high schoolers are also expected to make crazy-big choices about their futures—especially in Texas, where students are expected to choose a specialized area of study...essentially taking the first step towards choosing a career! That’s why this fall, we’re sending four teams of high school students from Texas on a series of road trip adventures through their local region of the state. Exploring everywhere from El Paso to the Gulf Coast—and everything in between—each team will do a deep dive into the educational and occupational opportunities arising on their very own stomping grounds. Follow along with these four teams as they let go of the familiar, and uncover the kind of adventures only Texas can provide.


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  • Northwest

  • South-Central

  • Northeast

  • Southeast

Northwest


All hailing from El Paso, the Northwest team of Texas roadtrippers each envision working in very different fields, but they share a common goal: to help others. 17-year-old Chyna wants to follow her family’s footsteps and enter the military, hoping to one day parlay her experience working for her country into a political career where she can shape larger policy. Thomas, also a self-proclaimed “military brat,” spent his childhood watching his parents provide medical care for soldiers; he wants to get into medicine, too. Shayla, the daughter of immigrants, knows her family sacrificed a lot for her, so she’s determined give back, and wants to explore how to do so in the medical field. United in their pursuit for impact, each roadtripper hopes this trip will show them how they can channel their passions into an education and eventually, a fulfilling career.

Northwest

South-Central


The roadtrippers of the South-Central team have each used challenges to become stronger, and are ready to overcome roadblocks that might stand in their way. 16-year-old Gavin has battled Dyslexia his whole life—and bullying that came along with it. Although initially reluctant to talk about his struggles, a piece of his writing was recently published and now Gavin knows that Dyslexia doesn’t have to hold him back; it can actually be an asset. Having grown up in a small town, Susanna has been going to school with the same 10 people in her class since 1st grade. She’s ready to branch out into the word, even if it makes her a small fish in a big pond. Aspiring doctor Stephanie has also lived her whole life in the border town of Hidalgo, and is worried financial burdens will stop her from pursuing a medical career and life outside her hometown. She hopes traveling and meeting people will widen her perspective.

South-Central

Northeast


Saba, Sam, and Sophia have more in common than the first letter of their names: They’re each looking to this trip as a spark to not just find career direction, but life advice. Originally from Pakistan, Saba has moved around a lot; she switched schools 16 times in New York alone. All that change has made her able to embrace new opportunities, but she’s eager to explore what those opportunities could be. Sophia is also unsure of what route she’ll take, and whether it’ll even include college. She loves giving back, but knows she can manifest that in different ways, from 4-year university to the air force. In contrast, Sam knows exactly what he wants; photography is the only thing he can imagine doing. He wants to see how people have pursued the arts commercially and turned the thing they loved into a viable enterprise.

Northeast

Southeast


Hurricane Harvey left a wake of destruction when it hit the Gulf Coast, and the team of Southeast roadtrippers is still feeling the impact. 17-year-old Fatima’s house wasn’t destroyed, but many of her friends lost everything and she wants to help. Loss and sacrifice isn’t unfamiliar to her: Fatima’s parents left Mexico to give her a better life, so she’s determined to get to college and set an example for her sister. High school senior and aspiring nurse Korey also takes pride in being a role model to her siblings. She feels a responsibility to show her sister how to achieve success and wants to meet professionals who can reveal how they did. David, a senior, has responsibilities on his mind. He grew up in Nigeria where his family was affluent, but since coming to the States at age 5, finances have been a challenge. He hopes to get a scholarship so he can study politics and use his immigrant experience to help others.

Southeast

HOME SWEET HOME

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QUICK STATS

DOB...........................2000

# OF ROADTRIPS..............1

MILES.......................25,000

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STOPS & INTERVIEWS

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INTERVIEWS
El Paso, TX
11/8/2017

Jody Casey

Campaign Manager, Beto O'Rourke's 2018 Senate Campaign

Kristen Ahumada

Biological Sciences Student & Student Government President, The University of Texas at El Paso

Abilene, TX
11/9/2017

Maj. Cynthia McKenna

Airman, United States Air Force

Odessa, TX
11/10/2017

Bhargavi Kola, M.D.

Pediatric Department Vice-Chair, Medical Center Hospital

Midland, TX
11/10/2017

Diana Garcia

Primary Care Pathway Student, Midland College

Austin, TX
11/16/2017

Stephanie Toman

Teacher, Kiker Elementary School

Dr. Clay Johnston

Dean, Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

Jose Cancino

Student, Austin Community College

San Marcos, TX
11/17/2017

Seth Katz

Enterpreneur & Co-owner, Dos Gatos Kolache Bakery

Joey Kuykendall

Communications Studies Student, Texas State University

Dallas, TX
11/30/2017

Kelly Williams

Photographer

Maria Schneider

Co-Founder & CEO, Dynofit, Inc.

Steven DeWolf

Founder, Wind Tex Energy, LP

Esteban Lopez

Student, Brookhaven Community College

Arlington, TX
11/29/2017

Deondra Jones

Student, The University of Texas at Arlington

Houston, TX
12/7/2017

Kimberly Webster

Special Agent, FBI

J. Elaine Marshall

Director & Presiding Judge, City of Houston Municipal Courts

Moustafa Al-Makdah

Registered Nurse, Ben Taub Hospital

Justin Onwenu

International Health and Policy Student & Student Body President, Rice University

Ebonie Sophus

Fashion Design Student, Houston Community College

STOPS & INTERVIEWS

El Paso, TX
11/8/2017

Jody Casey

Campaign Manager, Beto O'Rourke's 2018 Senate Campaign

Kristen Ahumada

Biological Sciences Student & Student Government President, The University of Texas at El Paso


Abilene, TX
11/9/2017

Maj. Cynthia McKenna

Airman, United States Air Force


Odessa, TX
11/10/2017

Bhargavi Kola, M.D.

Pediatric Department Vice-Chair, Medical Center Hospital


Midland, TX
11/10/2017

Diana Garcia

Primary Care Pathway Student, Midland College


Austin, TX
11/16/2017

Stephanie Toman

Teacher, Kiker Elementary School

Dr. Clay Johnston

Dean, Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin

Jose Cancino

Student, Austin Community College


San Marcos, TX
11/17/2017

Seth Katz

Enterpreneur & Co-owner, Dos Gatos Kolache Bakery

Joey Kuykendall

Communications Studies Student, Texas State University


Dallas, TX
11/30/2017

Kelly Williams

Photographer

Maria Schneider

Co-Founder & CEO, Dynofit, Inc.

Steven DeWolf

Founder, Wind Tex Energy, LP

Esteban Lopez

Student, Brookhaven Community College


Arlington, TX
11/29/2017

Deondra Jones

Student, The University of Texas at Arlington


Houston, TX
12/7/2017

Kimberly Webster

Special Agent, FBI

J. Elaine Marshall

Director & Presiding Judge, City of Houston Municipal Courts

Moustafa Al-Makdah

Registered Nurse, Ben Taub Hospital

Justin Onwenu

International Health and Policy Student & Student Body President, Rice University

Ebonie Sophus

Fashion Design Student, Houston Community College

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