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Redefining your life is one road trip away

Roadtrip Nation made its first trip to City College to encourage students to take charge of their lives and to do what they want. Roadies from left: Lauren Davis, Joey Sanders, Nicole Daddona and Goeff Huston. Photo by Kimberly Washington | [email protected]

Inspiration isn’t easy to find. It could take hours, days, even months to find the right path. One thing is certain: Inspiration
does not just come in layers of insightful speeches or positive energy from friends; it can come in any form.

A 1985 green RV was stationed in the City College Quad Nov. 11 with tables and sound systems surrounding the area. A big banner read one very distinctive headline: “Roadtrip Nation — define your own road in life!”

Roadtrip Nation, a movement sponsored by insurance company State Farm, travels around the country hoping to inspire students to follow their path in life.

Representatives of the movement are volunteering students called “roadies.” These roadies travel in the green RV, going from college to college to spread the wealth and the knowledge they’ve acquired from being on the road.

According to roadie Lauren Davis, their main goal is to convince people to follow whatever passion they have, to not let the expectations of others to get in the way.

“We want to encourage students to step out of their comfort zone,” says Davis, “and that following their passions in life is something that is really attainable.”

The movement started in 2001 when founders Nathan Gebhard, Mike Marriner and Brian McAllister graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., according to Sanders. Gebhard was to become a consultant, Marriner’s profession was in the bio medical field, and McAllister inherited his family’s business.
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Sanders also says that after college the trio was not quite sure what they wanted to do with their lives and decided to embark on a journey to interview not just people of their field, but all types of people. They never expected to have gained so much inspiration after just three months on the road.

“The whole point of Roadtrip Nation is to explore what you really want to do with your life,” says Joey Sanders, another roadie. “We’re hoping to get people to go on these road trips to get them inspired to go after their dreams and passions.”

Inspiration doesn’t come in one form.

“Roadtrip Nation is trying to say that success just doesn’t mean financial stability,” Davis says. “It also means being happy and content with what you’re doing.”

Students surrounded the Roadtrip Nation RV with eager ears and adventurous stares, listening to a presentation about defining their own paths.

“[It’s] spreading to a place where normally nothing much goes on,” says Dustin Cuaresma, a City College advertising
major. “I think it opens people up to a wider range of experiences out of their box.”

Roadtrip Nation has inspired many students to create their own path, regardless of what they are told and what expectations they should follow.

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