We are now 48 days, 12 campuses, 2 national parks, and countless beaches into the tour and life on the road has been a trip (…pun intended).
On top of the amazing work I’m afforded to do through the display, I’ve had the chance to see a million new things. It’s only been a month and a half and I’ve camped at the Grand Canyon, hiked at Mount Zion, and napped on the beaches in Santa Barbara. I have had full conversations with complete strangers about everything from Alabama football to mental health services in their county. I had the opportunity to explore St. Louis with a friend I hadn’t seen in a while. I have had the chance to network with a dozen different campuses, and touch the lives of thousands of students. I went sailing. I saw some of the most breathtaking views a hiker can see through the narrows of Mt. Zion, and I got to watch the sun set over the Grand Canyon. And we’re only halfway through the tour!
Now don’t get me wrong, being on the road has its ups and downs. Driving a 16-foot box truck across the country is no small feat. Living out of hotels can be challenging, and essentially moving in with someone you just met could have been really difficult, but do those things even come close to outweighing the experiences I’ve had? Not a chance.
This is a job that is changing my life. This is an experience that will stay with me forever.