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Goeun Park: Powering through naive fantasy, columnist makes it to college

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“Excuse me, what state are we in?”

“South Dakota. That’ll be $1.34,” the lady behind the counter said without batting an eye. I purchased my coffee and looked at my phone: 4:20 a.m.

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That was last Wednesday. For the better part of last week, my family took a road trip on our way to Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. We shot across the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains in the name of purchasing obligatory souvenirs from famous landmarks.

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