USF St. Petersburg campus Honors Program Theses (Undergraduate)

First Advisor

Raymond 0. Arsenault, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

David R. Carr, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Keith White, Ph.D.


University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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To fulfill the University Honors Program's thesis requirement, I have written a narrative account of the three week/forty-eight state road trip I took with my sister and a friend in the summer of 1995. This odyssey across the United States proved to be one of the most profound growing experiences of my life and I wanted to examine some of the issues involved in this brand of travel, especially those of self examination and self-discovery. When I decided to take this trip, I was at the lowest point I'd ever been in a life littered with low points. As a child born into chaos, I'd been seeking safety and predictability ever since I quit high school and escaped home at age seventeen. Finding stability in a number of mind-numbingly boring jobs, I had quite forsaken the prospect of realizing a true and lasting happiness through self-realization.


A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment ofthe requirements of the University Honors Program, University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

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