ROADTRIP NATION PRESENTS
UCI Roadtrip Trailer
Three UCI students 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: Dipping Into the Future
Sashee Chandran, founder of Tea Drops, shares her path to success with the roadtrippers.
Episode 3: Engineering Success
Northrup Grumman engineer Ricardo Lara tells the roadtrippers how he got his dream job.
Episode 4: The Beat Goes On
Meet a dance major turned NASA employee and a engineering student turned DJ.
Episode 5: Moving Forward
The roadtrippers get inspired by a meeting with prominent choreographer Robin Conrad.
Episode 6: The Next Step
The roadtrippers make it back to UCI and share their final reflections.
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? Michelle, Jessica, and Ohtli are all UCI 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 aerospace engineers, choreographers, CEOs, 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 ROADTRIP
“The more I learned who I was, the more I learned what I wanted to do”
Ben Dragon, DJ & Music Producer
“In school, I was so insecure. But understanding that I didn’t have to be perfect and live up to crazy expectations from parents and society freed me. Embrace imperfection.”
Gabrielle Lee, Contracts Manager, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
“See what’s out there as much as you can. Take a buffet approach. It’s scarier, but richer.”
Robin Conrad, Dance Lecturer, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
“Once you cater to your curiosity, that’s when you’ll get clarity on what you want to do.”
Sashee Chandran, Founder & CEO, Tea Drops
DJ & Music Producer
Contracts Manager, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Specialty Engineer, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
Dance Lecturer, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Founder & CEO, Tea Drops
A college degree can help get your foot in the door—but where do you find the confidence to take the first step?
For many college students, the number of potential paths open to them can become paralyzing. Luckily, there’s an amazing network of alumni ahead of them—and they’re willing to help light the way.
That’s why this summer, fueled by the University of California, Irvine (UCI), we’re sending three UCI students on a road trip through Southern California to connect with local alumni in the region. They’ll hear how members of the Anteater community used their experiences at UCI to propel their lives in exciting new directions, and gain the encouragement needed to confidently navigate college’s twists and turns. Follow along with the feed below to watch their journey unfold.
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Freshman, Business Economics Major
Michelle approaches her life in an upbeat manner, but that doesn’t change the fact that she feels like she’s at a loss about what to do with it. Raised in a conservative Indian family, she’s torn between fulfilling what her parents and community expect of her, and finding her own passion. She’s considered being a veterinarian due to her love of animals, as well as studying to be a professor, but she’s still uncertain about both pursuits. Regardless, she knows the three “acceptable” career paths her parents have outlined for her—medicine, law, or engineering—aren’t going to be the right fit. She hopes to speak with people who’ll show her how to find and commit to a career she loves, and prove to her that she can make her community proud without conforming to their expectations.
Freshman, Business Administration Major
Jessica never considered finding a job that would fit her; she only thought about how she could fit herself into an existing career path. Now, she wants to change that up. Her interests are all over the place—she’s currently a business administration major, but she’s drawn to dancing, English, and the arts. She struggles with confidence and extreme shyness, but she’s trying to be proactive in combating these issues by joining as many clubs and going to as many functions at UCI as she can. Even so, she’s surrounded by high-achievers, and worries that she isn’t doing enough to stand out from her peers academically. Through discussions with inspiring alumni, she hopes to gain a better perspective on who she wants to be and, as a result, what she wants to do.
Freshman, Engineering Major (Undeclared Specialty)
Ohtli has the entire world in front of him—and that’s the problem. With this many options, passions, and interests, he’s concerned he’ll pick the wrong path. He’s currently studying engineering, but he’s also enjoys music, and would love to pursue a career combining both fields. Plus, he’s been teaching martial arts outside of school, and he thinks his true passion might lie within coaching and encouraging his students. But for all of the confidence he projects in front of his pupils, he still doubts himself. As a freshman weighing all of his options, the anxieties of this new phase of life have taken a toll on him. He wants to reduce his self-consciousness and self-doubt by meeting leaders who can provide him with a new sense of direction and resolve.
HOME SWEET HOME
thelma the RV
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STOPS & INTERVIEWS
STOPS & INTERVIEWS
San Diego, CA
Redondo Beach, CA
Los Angeles, CA
North Hollywood, CA
San Luis Obispo, CA
Costa Mesa, CA
Share how UCI shaped your story and help fellow Anteaters find their way forward
UCI students and recent grads have any number of doors open to them—but they need help seeing which paths will take them where they want to go. That’s why UCI teamed up with Roadtrip Nation to create a community where UCI alumni can share their career stories and insights with fellow Anteaters, giving them the guidance they’ll need to confidently navigate college’s twists and turns, and ultimately start blazing their own trails.