Mother/Daughter College Tour Road Trip “3000 Miles to Independence and an Empty Nest”
I’m from a divorced family, so summertime has always meant spending 21 vacation days with each parent. My mom and I have used that time to travel all over the world and as a result, I have memories of kissing a giraffe with a 21 inch tongue in Africa, to swimming with 8 Minke whales off the Great Barrier reef. I’ve been lucky, to say the least. This summer we decided to stay local, well continentally local, America. It seems for as long as I can remember, my parents and my school have instilled in me the importance of going to college. Being independent, going off to make my mark in the world, delving deeply into all sorts of subjects, and meeting many new people– These are rites of passage that I’ve always imagined go along with college; that goes without saying. And now, as a rising junior, my fellow students and I have begun to see college as something that’s not so far away. So this year, my mom and I (and my best friend, Claire and her mom, Christina) are combining our love of road trips, with my desire and need to discover my best university opportunity. This may be the last big mother daughter trip we take for a while, but it’s not sad, it too is just another rite of passage on the road to adulthood. As I started to plan this trip, I became aware that an alarming rate of children in the U.S. don’t make it past the 8th grade, let alone go on to college. Many children just don’t grow up with the expectation of going to college as a possibility. I became aware of what a privilege it is to have the opportunity to apply to college. So as I was plotting rest stops and planning playlists for our touring adventure, I also began wondering how, I could use my enthusiasm for education to help students who live in homes where the idea of going to college is not a realistic goal. So I’ve reached out to the Fulfillment Fund Los Angeles. The Fulfillment Fund is an organization that helps motivate and enable disadvantaged students to finish high school and go on to college. They mentor the kids in their program, helping them with everything from essays to testing, all while giving emotional support and needed scholarships. After meeting with the Fulfillment fund staff and alumni, I know my mission to raise funds and awareness for them is a worthy one. My incredible vacation which was already combining education with family fun, has now added purpose and philanthropy. We will all be blogging about our trip. 4 different sets of eyes. 4 different mouths. And we hope to uncover the country’s hidden treasures along the way to share them with you!
Stay tuned for updates from our wild and wonderful ride!
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“We empower students through education, transforming individual lives, and creating a ripple effect through the entire community.
Through classroom instruction, mentoring, one-on-one college counseling and experiential learning opportunities, we open young people’s eyes to the possibility of higher education, and change their beliefs about what they are capable of achieving.
Our mission is to make college a reality for students growing up in educationally and economically under resourced communities.”