After a 9,300 mile journey through 40 states, Belmont’s “40 States in 40 Days: Rediscovering America” class returned to Nashville late Wednesday evening. Despite skipping the last city on the tour, Montgomery, Ala., due to a mechanical failure on their bus, the ten students along with traveling faculty members Ken Spring and Andi Stepnick arrived home with new perspective on their country and culture.
Junior Jenni Kilen blogged earlier this week, “Either CNN has done a total revamp, or I really have changed a lot over the past 37 days. As Emily, Shirah and I sat down to the glorious cheap salad bar in the grocery store we are parked near, I found myself absorbed in the T.V. Instead of tuning out information that was either too depressing or didn’t seem relevant in my life, CNN was more like a collage of stories that weaved gracefully into my thought process these last six weeks… I don’t think travel is necessary for these kinds of discoveries, but I am thankful to have had the privilege to have my eyes opened.”
The class continued to receive media coverage throughout its journey, including an article in the July 17 Chronicle of Higher Education Daily Report. Click here
to read “What It Means to Be an American (Hint: It Involves Freeway Travel).”