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We’re at the half way point! Just in case you missed anything along the way, here is a quick recap of our journey thus far… We loaded up on coffee from Steam Punk Coffee in Los Angeles before hitting the road and heading straight for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where we learned why San Luis Obispo is considered the “happiest city in the world”. Then it was off to UC Berkeley where we ran the fire trail and learned about utilizing your power as a student for good. Next we braved the long trip up to Oregon where we stopped in Ashland for the Shakespeare Festival before heading to Portland to tour Reed College and indulge in all sorts of yummy eats from Le Pigeon and Nostrana, not forgetting Blue Star Donuts (seriously, the best donut of my life!).  From Portland we hopped on a plane that took us to Chicago where we picked up our new car, ate at award winning restaurants Blackbird and Spiaggia, and toured Northwestern and the University of Chicago. (not to mention we took a late night hour pause from our exploring to watch the highly anticipated Game of Thrones finale from our hotel room!) From there we drove to Ann Arbor, Michigan and “Went Blue” then high tailed it to Canada and had a wet and wild time seeing Niagara Falls ey!  Always happy to arrive back to the USA, this time by driving across Rainbow Bridge and after my mom indulged our customs agent by  giving him an autograph for his daughter, we began headed for Ithaca, NY to tour Cornell University, then continued through New York state, where the freeway speed limit changed surreptitiously from 65mph to 55mph and my mom got her first speeding ticket in over 20 years, to Syracuse, and Hamilton College, before heading to Boston. In Boston we visited Tufts University, Emerson College, and Northeastern University and were blessed with ridiculously beautiful weather! Now we are off to New York City where we are looking forward to two Broadway productions and tours of NYU, Columbia University, and The New School! Stay tuned and, as always, please please please consider donating any amount, even a dollar, to the Fulfillment Fund! They need your support!

Emerson Tenney

Emerson Tenney

Emerson is a junior in high school. She loves literature and is passionate about writing, poetry in particular. When she is not playing the drums, participating in school musical theater, or training for marathons, you can find her with her friends checking out vintage records and used book stores in Hollywood.



Disappointed you flew from Portland to Chicago. You missed a lot of beautiful country in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North & South Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. I suppose you were on a time constraint, but you will need to visit those states next time. With a good camera in hand.

Spirit Dreaming

Hi Emerson,
Some say life itself is the best university, or perhaps I should say ‘better’ university.

There are many good universities that you could choose to attend.

However; have you considered taking a semester or two at a university outside the US.

You could come to Sydney to study. I know there are many students who enjoy their stay here while they are studying.

There are things to see and do that you will enjoy.

There is the beautiful Sydney harbour, the Blue Mountains to the west, and, great friendly people.

For sports, in the summer we have cricket, which was once America’s favourite pastime before baseball, and, in the winter, footy, and I mean real football which is Rugby League.

Here are some links to some great universities in New South Wales, Australia.

Macquarie University

The University of Sydney

The University of New South Wales

Wait a minute. I’ve seen some videos on You Tube about the things students get up to while they are away from home.

Perhaps I should reconsider this whole away from home studying thing.

You should consider a university that is closer to home. I’m sure there are universities really close to home where you could study and have fun at the same time.

Yes, staying safely at home would be a much better idea.

Besides, we don’t want your mother getting herself into trouble once she is not under your supervision.

You know these old people, getting into mischief the moment you take your eyes off them.

Seriously though, this is an exciting time for you. It is a wonderful moment in your next chapter of life long learning.

Just when you think you know everything, the greatest learning is discovering that there is more to learn.

Have fun,
Peter from Sydney.

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