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GradCity 2017 ScholarTrip WINNING Essay – Marissa Grubb, Neumann Goretti High School

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GradCity customers traveling on either a 2017 high school spring break or summer graduation trip were asked to participate in the GradCity ScholarTrip contest to win the grand prize of going on their trip for free! Travelers answered the question, “why is it important for high school students to travel and experience the world?” We invite you to read the following essay from finalist Marissa Grubb from Neumann Goretti High School in Pennsylvania. To support Marissa, click here to visit this post on Facebook and like/share the post to help her earn points!

“Wherever you go becomes apart of you somehow.”- Anita Desai.

Traveling is a timeless act that is experienced by millions of people across the globe. Why shouldn’t high school students be able to experience the exhilarating reality of laying eyes on something they could only dream of? Society expects us to become adults right after we graduate high school. We are supposed to know what we want to do, and how we are supposed to do it. However, how can they expect us to be ready for the world when we really haven’t seen or experienced it? Traveling and seeing the world doesn’t just allow high schoolers to enjoy themselves. No, it presents an unforgettable life and learning experience.

Most adults nowadays say the same things about high school students. They complain that we have our eyes glued, heads bent, and backs slouched all because we are so obsessed with our phones that we can’t put them down or walk away from them. Because we communicate everything through our phones, adults claim that we don’t know how to talk to others in person. Traveling to a new place requires you to pay attention to your surroundings. If you have your eyes on your phone, how are you going to receive the full experience of life the world offers? I feel that traveling could help high schoolers realize that there is a big world out there, just waiting to be explored. And trust me, most high school students want to explore. Speaking from my own personal life, I want nothing more than to escape my mundane, routine-filled life and experience something new.

There is a big shift from being in high school to starting college. We’re put under so much pressure to know what we want to do for the rest of our lives that we end up second guessing our decisions and confusing ourselves even more. I mean, I have a tough time figuring out what I want to order at a restaurant. The beauty about seeing the world is that it gives you time to find yourself too. You can take someone who’s never seen the ocean, and allow them to travel to Hawaii or the Bahamas and have them fall in love with the sea. Bringing back my restaurant analogy, whenever people don’t know what to order they usually order fries, chicken fingers, or a burger. Think of a life, without seeing the world we live in, like that. It’s only because you don’t know anything else that you continually choose the same thing over and over again. A life without the option of expanding your horizons, experiencing new places, and meeting new people, isn’t much of a life.

A common saying is that “age breeds wisdom”, but I look at it in a slightly different way. Age isn’t the only component that leads to wisdom. No, experience also breeds wisdom. You don’t have to be old and wrinkly to be a wise person. A high schooler has the ability to be wise as well, but only if given the opportunity to see everything life has to offer. Traveling is the best way to introduce teenagers, on the cusp of adulthood, to the world that will soon become their stage. A wise woman said, “Wherever you go becomes apart of you somehow.”, and that’s the true beauty of traveling. You will always take something back with you from any and everywhere you go. And what you do take back with you has the potential to change everything in your life.