When everything is stacked against you, college may seem out of reach. But if a degree is your goal, nothing can hold you back.
On paper, Esther, Ikie, and Estephanie aren’t supposed to have made it to college. From unstable foster homes to financial insecurities, the obstacles they’ve encountered have, at times, seemed insurmountable. But even with everything stacked against them, they saw that college could be their way out—so they fought for it, tooth and nail.
Now, as the three cross the country to hear how others beat the odds to make it through graduation and beyond, they’ll see that by pursuing their college degrees, they’re not just shaking free of what’s weighing them down—they’re joining a rising tide with the power to lift up all of the communities they love.
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The three students profiled here fit so well with the students who nominate our teachers.
Roadtrip Nation empowers individuals to explore who they are and what they want to do with their lives. Through a public television series, online resources, and an educational curriculum, Roadtrip Nation helps career-seekers connect to real-world professionals and discover pathways aligned with their interests.