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Traveling in Secret

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Growing up in a strict, over-protective family doesn't leave much room for adventure, exploration, or spontaneity. I would have to be home by 10:00 pm every night, and I could only travel about an hour away from home in each direction (and only to places my parents were familiar with of course). Late night, spontaneous hanging out with friends was out of the question because it would be too last minute for my parents to have time to mull it over and be okay with it.

Since coming to Florida State University two years ago, five hours away from home, I have traveled to, or through, 8 states and have made countless priceless memories. I have been to Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and parts of Florida entirely without my parents' knowledge. Traveling allows a person to not only discover new places but also discover new parts of themselves. It opens up the mind to new sights, new challenges, and new experiences that shape the way a person identifies themselves. Through my adventures, I have formed deeper connections with people than I would have by just occasionally spending time with them (spending seven hours in a car with other people forces a person to talk about some really interesting stuff). As the famous writer Ray Bradbury puts it, "Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories”.  

This exhibit focuses on the places I went that have a special memory associated with it. Postcards have always been a symbol of travel. They are bought by those who find meaning in those places and want to be reminded of the memories made whether they be good, bad, funny, beautiful, or ugly. Postcards are meant to be shared so as to inspire others to travel. Each card in this exhibit tells a story that reveals more about the places I went and the connections I made there.  

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