Big Green RV arrives at Sierra College

Roadtrip Nation inspires students
By: Sara Seyydin Journal Staff Writer
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“Roadies” from the public access show Roadtrip Nation rolled onto the Sierra College Campus Thursday in their Big Green RV. The four adults from across the country are touring California and Idaho to bring a message to students to reject the status quo and pursue their true passion in life. “We are all kind of facing the same questions. What should I be doing? What am I supposed to be studying?” said Craig Polesovsky, originally from Chicago. Polesovsky said he found his true passion in film only after following his heart and moving to California, despite the pressure to stay home and attend college. After graduating with an associate’s degree in film he decided he wanted to become a part of the Roadtrip Nation show. He and his fellow roadies have been on a journey of self-discovery by traveling and interviewing leaders in different industries who are passionately living out their dreams. So far they have made their way through California and interviewed a professional skateboarder and a marine biologist. They will wrap up their speaking tour in Idaho next month. Kim Moodey, of Orange, Calif. said despite the pressure she felt to study biology in college, she switched her major to music composition. With no prior formal training, she graduated with that degree from UC San Diego. Moodey said she also had to tune out “the noise” of other people’s expectations when she fulfilled her dream of moving to Paris after she graduated. “We all feel a fire inside. We all know it or feel like we will know it soon,” Moodey said. “If we trust it, it all works out. I firmly believe that if you listen to what you believe and are passionate about, it will work out.” Julie Alaniz, of Brea, Calif., said it took her seven years to figure out she wanted to go to culinary school. “I am at home when I am in the kitchen,” Alaniz said. “Maybe for something like culinary or film, you don’t know what you will do with it because it’s scary, but if it’s your passion, it will work out.” Julie Montello, of Lincoln, attended the presentation and said it inspired her to work toward her dream of becoming a philanthropist. “Just by listening to you this light of understanding has gotten brighter today and I am going to take a step and it’s just a small step but that will lead me to my passion,” Montello said. “I am going to start small. I’m going to go the bank from here and get a roll of quarters. I am going to pass out a quarter at a time.” Alex Yoon of Costa Mesa, Calif, said being a roadie has changed his idea of what success is. “Just meeting people who are very different. A lot of the time you are in your own little bubble,” Yoon said. “It becomes more well-rounded, meatier.” Yoon said before he might have measured success by financial gain, but now his perception is that being passionate about what you do is a bigger part of the equation. Yoon said especially in times of economic recession, it becomes clear that money can’t be the only incentive for the career path you choose. Yoon said he has bonded with his roadie teammates, and students on the road, through a common desire to find their passion. “We come from such different backgrounds, but have the common denominator of figuring out what we want to do,” Yoon said. Reach Sara Seyydin at, or follow her on Twitter @AJ_News.