Christina from the East Coast Team here!
We have officially finished our second week on the Road, and it has been awesome! We arrived at Boston, Massachusetts on Monday and took some time to explore the city before our first event. It was my first time in the city, so everything was both very interesting and exciting for me. From the numerous colleges and their students, to the high-rise company buildings and their businessmen, the creamy clam chowder, and the candied cannolis, Boston is teeming with both energy, diversity, and history. One of my favorite parts about the Boston was its architecture; the buildings, both new skyscrapers and older courthouses, add a kind of flavor and antiquity to the city. Our first event was at Northeastern University, and it was such an amazing experience! Many students were curious about the giant Green RV that was on their campus, and we shared the Roadtrip Nation story with them. We also heard a lot of students’ individual stories about their passions, and where they are in their own Road in life. All in all, it was a very fun and successful event!
After Boston, our team headed to upstate New York for our event at SUNY Oswego. As I was unfamiliar with upstate New York, I was really excited for this event, as well. Upstate New York is such a huge contrast from the concrete jungle of New York City; with its vast terrain and lush foliage, it really is its own kind of beautiful. SUNY Oswego itself is located next to an extremely large lake (so large I thought it was an ocean!), and it adds again to the natural beauty of its surroundings. Our event at Oswego was also incredibly awesome. As we shared the Roadtrip Nation story, students shared their stories…and we really loved listening to all of them! We also saw and heard students’ opinions about the state of our nation’s education through our “Don’t Forget Ed” Campaign chalkboards and testimonial booth. We had a great time getting to know the students on campus and it was inspiring to see them get really passionate about important issues and causes.
We (the East Coast team) would just like to extend a huge thank you to both universities for giving us the opportunity to talk to the students on campus, as well as the students themselves for opening up and sharing their stories with us. We had such a great time at both Northeastern and SUNY Oswego, that we can’t wait for next week’s events!