In the midst of my scholastic career 5 years ago, the option to join a years-reared Internet startup in the full strength of the bubble arose.

Dropping out of college didn't seem 100% the best thing at the time, but I knew my attention was elsewhere. I wanted to do the option exploring sooner then later, a bit impatient perhaps at the time. Looking back, I know I wouldn't have traded the sights, learning, and accomplishment I've had in the past five years for anything in the world.

I had the chance to continue learning on a much more diverse scale. Working for a very small company gives you a bird's eye view of how to run a company. Even luckier, I worked with a group of close friends with just as much desire to travel, explore and research the options out there waiting to be driven to.

Many times the Boston-based Onechoice Digital people would venture to Ohio, Florida, Michigan, New York, Nevada, much to the effort of relay-driving, friendship, and sustained reliability on one another.

Every trip had learning involved. Exploring the options, seeing the landscapes, perhaps not as much interviewing on a professional scale as the RoadTripAmerica program, but ranging from getaways, and learning how to relax within the corporate world, to a NASCO convention, and learning of all the different options in the corporate world at the very least. I see many similarities and shared ideals.

Two years have passed. Moving from Boston, back to my home state, New Jersey, I find myself in a favorable position now at a new company. An international company to boot.

Although I didn't get the chance to make the journey by car, I just returned from a tradeshow in St. Louis. This morning I stood atop the Gateway Arch and peered westward through an overcast sky on it's celebrated 38th birthday.

Thanks for the outlet,