What Students Are Saying About Video Game Limits, Parental Involvement in Dating and Road Trips – The New York Times

Our picture prompt “Hitting The Road” evoked beloved memories of favorite road trips and plans for future ones, as well as inspired stories and poetry. Students used rich descriptive language in their comments, showing the emotional power and transformative potential of a getaway into nature.

As much as I can remember, one of my favorite road trips so far during my lifetime is from where I used to live in a city called Surabaya, to all the way to another city called Bandung. It was a 10 hour lengthy drive, and I was an impish 8 year old at the time. I was with my Mom, Brother, and driver. Our destination was up at the verdant mountains alongside flat dormant volcanoes where its waters were steamed up. There were endless wavy rice fields along with the coconut trees dancing in the wind as we arrived. The views were wonderful, there were a bunch of blooming flowers, indigenous plants and trees at the exquisite site. The atmosphere of the place was soothing and calm, which set the mood. This was one of the most beautiful road trips I’ve ever experienced.

Tristan, Hoggard High School in Wilmington, NC

2016. The year of Pokemon Go, Stranger Things, and Harambe. And, of course, the year my family and I took a road trip to Colorado. Now the drive there was simply divine; the lush forests stretching for the eyes can see, flowing rivers rushing past, and a clear, cloudless sky for miles. But if the drive was divine, the destination was heaven. The Rocky Mountains were stunning. Traversing across them felt like we were transported into a different world. Their perilous edges and steep roads only added to the pleasure. The bison we saw were quite amazing as well. I feel if combat tanks were turned into animals, they’d be bison. I mean, they can take lightning strikes and not flinch! Aside from nature, the time I got to spend with my family was amazing. Those days were the days we had the most fun. Nowadays, school and work usually get into the way, even more so now that my sister is 3 hours away for college. But no matter the distance we are apart, it’s these very memories that keep us connected, no matter how far we are.

Ashton, Glenbard West High School

Yes, I have had to trade TSA lines and airport bathrooms for gas station stops and being crammed into a tiny moving box with my parents and siblings but, having our first trip in months and months due to Covid and having no-distractions quality time with my family was worth it all. Earlier this year my family and I took a road trip down to Siesta Key, Florida for spring break. The trip was freeing and memorable because of how refreshing it was to get out of our house after being contained in it for so long.

Katie, Glenbard West High School

Since 4th grade when we met, my two best friends and I have been planning an extravagant road trip across the US the summer before college. It’s been a plan that we used to joke about in elementary and middle school, but now it’s coming together for real. It’s crazy how fast the time has gone. There are only two more summers until The Summer Before College comes along. I can’t believe how long we’ve been friends, and I’m so happy that we’re going to walk into college still being friends.

Our plan so far is to visit each of the colleges we’re going to be attending. We’re going to explore national or state parks and listen to an awesome playlist filled with our favorite songs from today and from when we met. We’ll take turns driving, and we’ll sleep in the car or cheap motels.

I am so excited for this plan to happen (but I’m not rushing it), and I hope we can recreate the feeling that the picture on this article gives me.

Lillian, Hoggard High School, Wilmington, NC


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