ROADTRIP NATION PRESENTS
Old Dominion University Roadtrip Trailer
Three ODU students prepare to travel along the East Coast in search of inspiring alumni stories.
Episode 1: Meet the Roadtrippers
The roadtrippers introduce themselves, sharing stories, hopes, and why they’re here.
Episode 2: Across the Bridge
Greg Pawlowski chronicles his ten year journey through college to a fulfilling career.
Episode 3: Building Their Futures
Ted Maloney shares how ODU paved the way for his career in public works.
Episode 4: Pressing Forward
Shamina Singh discusses how she blends philanthropy with her career at Mastercard.
Episode 5: Flying Without Fear
Capt. Scott Avery shares how his time in the military taught him the power of diversity.
Episode 6: The Next Chapter
The roadtrippers make it back home with a fresh perspective and new hope for their futures.
Unsure how to navigate life after college, three students seek out professionals who give them the direction—and confidence—to move forward
Making it to and through college is no small accomplishment—but how do you transition from the classroom to the workforce? Mikalah, Chase, and Stephanie are all ODU students looking to the future, and finding it full of uncertainty. So they set out on the road to speak with alumni who’ve faced unique hurdles, and can help them embrace the winding road ahead. After meeting with people in diverse fields like civil engineering, marketing, public works, and more, the roadtrippers realize that it’s impossible to map out the future perfectly—but there’s no such thing as a wrong turn if you listen to yourself.
INSIGHTS FROM THE FILM
“Settle in and just know where you are right now is where you’re supposed to be. Those are comforting words. Talk to yourself like that. Be kind to yourself.”
Karen Owen, Vice President of Marketing and Brand Storytelling, Holy Redeemer Health System
“Get through what you think you want to do now and don’t worry so much about whether it’s going to fit exactly into what you’re going to do for the rest of your life”
Ted Maloney, Director of Public Works, Township of Middletown
“Whatever you do next, it’s the next right thing. So never be afraid that what you’re doing is the wrong thing.”
Shamina Singh, President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
“We need to be able to shine a light on ourselves and go, ‘Okay, where do I need to improve?’ If you’re not improving, then you’re just not moving forward.”
Captain Scott Avery, Navy Warfare Development Command, US Navy
Senior Project Engineer, The Delaware River and Bay Authority
Vice President of Marketing and Brand Storytelling, Holy Redeemer Health System
Director of Public Works, Township of Middletown
President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth
Captain Scott Avery
Navy Warfare Development Command, US Navy
DeAndré Fernández Phillips
Director of Media Relations, Washington Wizards
Founder, CEO, and Executive Creative Director, Grow
Megan McKinley Thomas
Associate Director of Donor Relations and Engagement, N Street Village
Associate Producer, MSNBC
Deputy Program Manager, National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA)
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 ODU 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 ODU, we’re sending a group of students on a road trip across the Mid-Atlantic to interview ODU alumni and see how they were able to translate their education into fulfilling work. Follow the journey to hear stories of tackling hurdles, finding yourself, and turning a degree into a thriving career.
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Women’s Studies Major
Mikalah knows firsthand what it’s like for the world to seem upside down. She’s caring for her sick father, working two jobs, and close to earning a women’s studies degree. She’s considered going to law school someday, but the financial burden has her apprehensive and the negativity surrounding her current academic pursuits has her discouraged. But she still knows she wants to make the world a better, more just place, and part of her feels called to advocate for victims of sexual assault. She hopes this road trip can bring her some encouragement and clarity about her next move forward.
Fifth Year Senior
Civil Engineering Technology Major
Chase was raised in a military household and considers himself extremely extroverted. His father has high expectations for him, matched by Chase’s own expectations for himself. Right now, he wants to give back to his parents after all they’ve done for him. He’s an engineering major currently, but he wants to keep his options open. There’s part of him that still feels like he doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life. He teaches line dancing and is passionate about animals and the outdoors.
Stephanie was raised by a single mother and eventually became one herself. After 10 years of teaching and 11 years of being a personal assistant, among other jobs along the way, she’s returning to education in hopes of reinventing herself. At 53, she recognizes that she doesn’t have as much time on her hands as someone fresh out of high school, and that’s driving her to make the most of her time to learn new things. She’s interested in advocacy for domestic abuse survivors and single parents, but her dream job would be hosting a travel show about chefs.
HOME SWEET HOME
miles the RV
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STOPS & INTERVIEWS
STOPS & INTERVIEWS
New Castle, DE
New York, NY