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Between high school and college, Dylan Dethier embarked on a solo road trip, playing golf in each of the lower 48 states.

I’m from Williamstown and went to public high school. I always knew that I would never GO TO WILLIAMS COLLEGE. All of a sudden I applied early-decision and I was going.

My dad is a professor here. I thought maybe it was TIME TO GET AWAY and have a big adventure. Golf was a means by which to see the country, but it wasn’t the exclusive goal. I drove 35,000 miles. “Don’t die” was my two-word rule. [The scariest moment was] waking up to someone trying to break into my car as I was sleeping in the back seat. I thought about it every time I had to sleep in my car thereafter.

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