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10 Thoughts That Go Through Your Mind On a Road Trip

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UTM chapter.

When I chose to go to school far from home, I didn’t think much of it. Infact, I was thankful for the distance and the chance for a new start. That changed the first time I had to drive the 1,200 miles between West Tennessee and the North Shore of Massachusetts… alone. If you’re like me and have to drive a good distance to school, you know that your mind can wander as you travel those endless miles of interstate. Here are the top ten thoughts that go through my mind when I drive between home and school.   

1. “I should have made a road trip playlist… guess I’ll listen to podcasts.”

Podcasts are the greatest thing to happen to road trips since like… seatbelts. 


2. “Wait, how many serial killer podcasts are even on Spotify?” 

I feel like I should be concerned by the sheer volume of serial killer content out there… but I’m honestly pretty happy about it.


3.“Wow, this is beautiful. I love the mountains.”

Sometime around hour 8 of my (first day’s) drive I’ll actully see the what’s around me, beyond the interstate and other cars, and I’ll appreciate just how vast and beautiful “The Land That I Love” really is. 


4. “How much longer should I drive before I stop for gas?”

I hate constantly stopping, so I’m always thinking about where & when to stop in order to actly feel like I’m getting where I’m going. 


5. “Does the dog need to pee again?”  

… Or does she just want attention? 


6. “I should probably stop listening to so many serial killer podcasts…” 

I’ve listned to like 4 hours worth of these things.. its starting to get dark… 


7. “Why is fog a thing? I HATE the mountains”

I can’t see 5 feet infrot of me. I’m over this 


8. “And why is West Virginia a state? I HATE West Virginia.” 

I don’t care how much my boyfriend defends his home state. The roads are terrible. The fog is worse. And in my 20 years on this earth I have NEVER driven through it while it wasnt pouring rain. 


9. “What if I don’t stop for gas now, but then I don’t see another station for 300 miles and get stranded in the wilderness and a serial killer finds me?”

10. “…I really should stop listening to serial killer podcasts.”

I am a pre-vet major who loves to laugh (especially at myself), drink coffee, and spend time with my dog, Cora. I moved from Massachusetts to Tennessee to attend college at UTM and compete for their division 1 rifle team.