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Georgia State University Roadtrip Trailer
Three GSU seniors set out to meet alumni and get some perspective on post-grad paths.
Episode 1: Meet the Roadtrippers
The roadtrippers introduce themselves, sharing stories, hopes, and why they’re here.
Episode 2: Finding Focus
After a conversation with travel writer Sucheta Rawal, Sade has a revelation.
Episode 3: Instincts & Intuition
Psychologist Emilie Parham on landing in a place she loves, and Zohraish’s first s’more!
Episode 4: We're All Searching
In Atlanta, Yvette connects with the woman who began GSU’s health informatics program.
Episode 5: Roots Vs. Anchors
Kat Cole shares her journey from waitress to COO, and the team shares final reflections.
Standing at a major turning point, three college students learn how to step with confidence into uncertain futures from people who've been in their shoes.
Making it to and through college is no small accomplishment. But what happens after the grind? Yvette, Sade, and Zohraish are all seniors at Georgia State University looking to the future, and finding it full of uncertainty and change. They set out on the road to speak with alumni who have navigated unique hurdles, and can help them embrace the winding road ahead. After meeting diverse leaders in travel writing, psychology, international business, and more, the roadtrippers realize that even if it feels like they're on shaky ground, they’ve made it this far—and there’s no limit to where they can go from here.
INSIGHTS FROM THE FILM
“You’re not always gonna know if what you’re doing is right. You just have to take it one day at a time, one step at a time, and be true to yourself.”
Emilie Parham, School Psychologist, EMP Psychological Services
“Maybe your family members will say, ‘You’re wasting your time finding yourself. When are you going to get serious?’ Ignore them. Fun can also be work; you can tie in the two.”
Sucheta Rawal, Food & Travel Writer
“You’ve got to create your own opportunity. Don’t ever let anybody tell you what you can or can’t do. Don’t let anybody tell you who you can or can’t be.”
Chad Darnell, Casting Director
Director of Health Informatics, Morrison Healthcare
COO & President, North America, FOCUS Brands
School Psychologist, EMP Psychological Services
Food & Travel Writer
Sr. Public Programs & Education Manager, Center for Civil and Human Rights
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There’s a lot of talk about how to get into college—but what does it take to get through and figure out what you want to do? We’re sending GSU students on a journey to find out.
Getting a degree is a huge undertaking—figuring out what to do with it is another one altogether. That’s why, together with Georgia State University, we’re sending a group of GSU students on a road trip across the state to interview fellow GSU alumni who’ve figured out how to translate their education into fulfilling work. Follow the journey to hear their stories and see the many ways you can turn a degree into a thriving career.
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Major: Computer Science
Once terrified by public speaking, Sade is now ready to get in front of cameras and talk to people she admires about life and careers. She’s still apprehensive about it. But whenever she’s afraid to try new things, she recalls a moment in high school that pushed her to be brave: a talent show. Standing up in front of her classmates and reading her own poetry showed Sade she’s capable of more than she thought. That courageous mindset is something she knows she’ll have to draw on going forward: as an African American woman in computer science, it’ll be tough being in the minority. She hopes to talk to people who’ve been where she’s at and can show her it’s possible.
Zohraish’s biggest fear in life is fear, itself. He’s afraid fear will hold him back from having new experiences, meeting new people, and growing. He’s determined to branch out of his bubble, but having grown up in a traditional Middle Eastern household, he hasn’t had the chance yet. That’s why he’s excited about this trip: it’s a chance to explore his pathways and possibilities. So far, psychology is his biggest passion, mostly because of his personal connection to it: having dealt with depression, he wants help others face what he’s faced. But first, he needs to see the many different ways he can make an impact.
Major: Health Informatics
The daughter of immigrants who valued education, but didn’t have the resources to go to college, themselves, Yvette always knew she’d pursue higher education. She just doesn’t know what to do when she graduates. One thing she does know? Her parents worked hard to give her opportunities they didn’t have, and she’s determined to make the most of them. She’s chosen health informatics—the practice of using technology to streamline healthcare—as her field of study, not only because it’s a universal issue, but a personal one: her mom recently had health issues, and after seeing the disorganized communication between providers and patients, Yvette wants to help patients become more informed. She hopes this trip will show her a roadmap to her goals.
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