Why Not Us?

Roadtrip Info

About the Film

Being the first in your family to attend college is daunting, but rewarding.

Follow the journeys of four young people—all first in their families to go to college—as they road-trip across the country to interview inspiring individuals who were also first in their families to pursue higher education.

After gaining wisdom and guidance from trail-blazing leaders—including Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA, Grammy Award-winner John Legend, and Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz—the Roadtrippers are emboldened to embrace the opportunities ahead and ask “why shouldn’t I succeed?”

Stats from the Road

  • 3,851 Miles Traveled
  • 19 Leaders Interviewed
  • 73 Life-Altering Epiphanies
  • 11 Variations of Pizza Eaten
  • 22 Scenic Photo Pull-Overs

Meet the Roadtrippers

Johnathan, 20
University of Central Florida sophomore who recently changed course from pre-med to marketing

Jasmine, 20
University of South Carolina education major seeking to branch outside her comfort zone

Felipe, 24
University of California, Irvine grad searching for ways to mentor youth in his community

Jenny, 19
Mississippi State University freshman who likes art, but worries about finding a job after school

Notable Interviews

John Legend - Grammy-Winning Singer/Songwriter

Howard Schultz - Chairman and CEO, Starbucks

Anna Maria Chávez - CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA

Use the Viewing Guide with your students to start a conversation and share resources.