Preparing for College

College Confidential's Road Trip

College Confidential co-founder, Roger Dooley, made an announcement last week:

College Confidential is transitioning to Hobsons' longtime partner, Roadtrip Nation, an organization dedicated to helping students succeed in school and in life. (Learn more here.)

Founded by three college students who hit the road post-college to try and find their own paths, Roadtrip Nation has grown into a national television series, educational curriculum, a range of best selling books, and an online content archive that are all focused on empowering students to define their own roads in life. The alignment of CC's college information resources with Roadtrip Nation's career exploration focus I think is incredibly exciting for CC students looking to build more intention and meaning into their college search.

Roadtrip Nation RV

What does this mean for CC and its members? In the near term, expect our community to carry on as usual. Looking to the future, though, I see a more vibrant CC. I know Roadtrip is very interested in growing the community and its value to students everywhere. I know they will help CC keep improving the ways we help our student and parent members.

Some of you know that CC was independent until 2008, when it was acquired by Hobsons. Joining forces with Hobsons allowed us to build a much stronger and more reliable infrastructure, and now, the transition to Roadtrip Nation is adding an entirely new student-focused dimension to CC.

Stand by for more information in the coming weeks. Here's to the road ahead!


This is big news for those of us -- and you -- who have been loyal CC fans, some of you since its inception, August 1, 2001. For those unfamiliar with Roadtrip (one word) Nation, here's some detail that should stimulate your interest.

You may have seen Roadtrip Nation on PBS television.

Roadtrip Nation Season 11

For the uninitiated, then, this quick trip through their Web site may help you get ready for your adventure.

How about their mission?

For 15 years, we've made it our mission to talk with professionals of every kind and ask the questions that no one is asking—honest questions about their struggles, successes, and how they figured out the age-old dilemma, “What should I do with my life?"

From video game designers to lawyers, sports journalists to STEM professionals, and everything in between, we've sought out untold stories and shared them. These stories form the basis of our career exploration products—including an educational curriculum, personalized online tools, video content, bestselling books, and live events. Together, these tools create a diverse and relevant collection of resources showing young people the vast scope of careers and possibilities.

What about the team?

We're a ragtag team of coffee-swilling creatives driven by mutual collaboration, long-term impact, and the idea that anyone can pursue what they love. Find us mid-brainstorm with Post-its slapped to every surface or emailing each other vital information in the form of cat memes. We're on a mission to create a world where people are true to themselves—and that's what gets us out of our cozy beds every day.

Do they have a book?

Roadmap book

"This New York Times Bestseller welcome antidote to the conventional career guide answers the old question—'So, what are you going to do with your life?'—in a groundbreaking way. From the team behind the campus and online resource and the inspirational TV series in its eleventh season, ROADMAP helps emerging careerists think deeply about how they can enter the workforce and thrive, using Roadtrip Nation's interest-based approach. Full-color charts and graphs offer a unique visually engaging reading experience and prompts for reflection are interspersed, making the reading process interactive and the discoveries personally impactful. Interviews and advice from over 130 leaders including Ahmir Questlove, Jad Abumrad and Soledad O'Brien show how they found their path and provide inspiration for every person to find your own. With actionable, real-world wisdom on every page, it's an essential tool for today's young professionals and the parents, educators, and advisors seeking to inspire them." [Amazon overview]

What is their story?

"It all started with a beat-up 1985 RV."

Roadtrip Nation Nate

Don't know what to do with your life? Don't worry, Nathan, Mike, and Brian didn't either.

So after college, they bought a mechanically questionable RV, painted it green, and decided to travel the country asking people who do what they love how they figured it out.

15 years later, that road trip has become an organization dedicated to helping people find career and life fulfillment. In our fleet of RVs, we crisscross the globe, journeying from rugged back roads to sleek superhighways, subsisting off unnaturally colored gas station snacks, sleeping in any empty parking lot we can find—just so we can talk to the people who figured out how to build a career around their own unique combination of interests.

We've talked to everyone from Supreme Court justices to lobstermen and used their insights to shape every career resource we make. The goal? To give you the tools to live a life doing what matters to you.

Need to travel the Roadmap?

Roadtrip Roadmap graphic

Figure out where you're going.

Whether you love sports, science, or knitting hats for cats, there's a way to mash up your interests and make a living out of it.

What's up with those TV shows?

Roadtrip RV big

Roadtrip Nation on Public Television

About the Series: Sick of people telling you who to be? Define your own Road. That's the premise behind this annual documentary series which follows young people as they Roadtrip across the country to figure out their lives by interviewing inspiring people who have stayed true to themselves.

About Public Television: Season 13

Meet Natalie, Robin, and Zoed. They're computer science students who come from backgrounds underrepresented in tech—and they're on a mission to not just break into the industry, but diversify it. Eager to discover the career possibilities in this rapidly growing field—and encourage other women and minorities to do the same—they embark on a journey that proves you don't have to fit mold to make it in tech; anyone has the potential to be a driver of innovation, discovery, and progress.

Roadtrip Nation Episode 1


Speaking of founders and co-founders, if Roadtrip Nation and its Roadmap had been available to me as a much younger man, perhaps it wouldn't have taken until 2001 for the words “College Confidential" and its concept to flash into my brain. Now, having read Roadmap, even at this advanced stage of my life, I can't wait to conjure those other words that are on deck.

Here's to your road trip, wherever it may lead.


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