"I slammed down on the brakes as the car in front of me came to a screeching halt, but nevertheless it was too late. The side of my car collided with the vehicle in front of me as I proceeded to lose control and spin across two lanes of the highway. Miraculously, no other cars hit me and I ended up in the brush to the side of the road. I got out of the car and just stood in shock; my cross-country trip had abruptly ended at an odometer reading of 4404 miles. Standing in the Arizona desert I did not know how to react. It was only with the help of a random passer by, Ashley, that I knew what to do. With her compassionate help, I was able to figure out how to get to a friend’s house in Phoenix. My trip had abrasively ended, but it was one I would never forget... "
ESTEEM student Nikita Amelchenko reflects on his recent cross-country trip, and how it relates to his journey into a career building computer applications that help people. Go here to continue reading.