Personal Narrative Essay: My Trip To Stony Brook

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Twelve hours and thirty-two minutes. 805 miles. One flat tire. That’s how long it took us to drive to the Big Apple from small town Georgia. Of course, that doesn’t even factor in the stops we had to make when someone’s stomach growled or they couldn’t hold their bladder any longer. By the time the three of us made it to our hotel, my mom, my older sister Brittany, and I were exhausted. Exploration of this massive concrete jungle would have to wait until another day. The purpose of our trip was to attend my freshmen orientation at Stony Brook University on Long Island, but we decided to explore New York City while we were there since it was our first time in the city that never sleeps. After my day long orientation at Stony Brook, we ventured around the area I would call home in a few short months. Stony Brook, a hamlet in the town of Brookhaven, had a small town feel even though it was in Suburbia, USA and a little over an hour from the most populous city in America. Even though I had never been to Stony Brook before, I had decided that it was where I wanted to go simply based on pictures, reviews, and my own research. In fact, it was the only college that I applied to. I wanted to be close to the hustle and bustle of big city life while not being completely overwhelmed by the transition from my small town. I…show more content…
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