I had the great opportunity of spending the last few days in Indiana visiting different friends at their universities. I have literally been promising for years to make it out there to visit all my friends, most of them from summer camp. So on Friday me and my best friend from Nyack started our road trip westward for a wonderful weekend of great friends both new and old and tons of laughs and even crashed a dance. These colleges were new and exciting and very much different from Nyack. It was fantastic to be able to spend time once again in community with exciting, life-loving, college-aged students. I was blessed to have this weekend to meet new people and just have a ton of fun on some awesome college campuses. There is a certain camaraderie I have realized that exists between college students despite location. We all are in the same place in life stuck somewhere between saying goodbye to childhood and finding your place in the adult world. It is always a great blessing to find these pockets of wonderful community in the midst of our entrance into adulthood.
This winter road trip was not only a blessed time with friends, but also renewed my love for ‘the road trip’. My time at Nyack has made me all too familiar with the joys and frustrations of an eight hour commute to and from Ohio and New York. Our weekend in Indiana took a mere four hours which is truly child’s play compared to some trips I’ve driven. An eight hour drive to and from school over 25 times in less than three years has made me sort of an expert on passing time in the car. Of course there are the usual means of entertainment such as sleeping or jamming out to the radio, but all my experience has allowed me to get more creative. I am almost always elected the shotgun seat with the job of keeping dialogue with the driver as to not dose off. And having all this time to talk with my fellow passengers has allowed me to learn so many interesting things about life and about the people whom I am driving with. Road trips really are one of my favorite activities. It’s all about quality time. What I love most in the world is simply to sit with someone, talking and listening to one another. All these trips have given me the chance to learn so much about friends as well as letting them get to know me even more. I feel like these trips with friends whether for eight hours or just a quick trip to the next state, they promote love and can create lasting bonds with people. Road trips have become a large and timely part of my college experience, but also a huge blessing which have created and enhanced many wonderful friendships in my life.