My Toyota Prius Road Trip Adventure!

This week I’ll be writing 4 posts devoted to everything Prius- whether it’s about the actual Toyota Prius or about “firsts” in your career/life!  Don’t forget to leave us a tweet @MsCareerGirl to tell us about your firsts.  What technology, career situations or trends do you consider “firsts?” We’ll be compiling your answers (with a pic & link back to your profile) and sharing them in a post Friday July 6th!

Hey all,

It’s been a while since my last post on Ms. Career Girl!  I hope you are all enjoying our amazing columnists as much as I have- I love being able to hear about different topics from different amazing women all across the country on Ms. Career Girl!

As for me, I’ve been busy growing my content creation service in Chicago and started as an Adjunct Professor at DePaul University a few weeks ago too which has been a blast! Oh and let’s not forget I’m planning my big September wedding with the help of Chicago’s best wedding planner – thank GOD for Jenee!

Among all the craziness, the Toyota Prius c team reached out to me to see if I wanted to test drive the Prius for a few days.  What girl wouldn’t?!  Of course I said yes!

Out of curiosity, I looked up what the word Prius actually meant – I had always wondered. The word Prius means “first” or “to go before” which is pretty ironic considering the last year of my life has been full of firsts.  In the last 12 months I’ve been laid off, got engaged, started a business, pitched clients for the first time and hired my own employees – all firsts.

Oh, and I suppose you could add driving a hybrid car to my list of firsts as well!! The timing of our test drive with the Prius c worked out perfectly because my best friend Katie and I were planning a road trip during the exact weekend I was scheduled to get the Prius.  We were heading back to Youngstown, Ohio to send off Katie’s sister Laura who was moving to Israel.  Talk about a first!

But really what’s the best part about taking the Prius on a 400 mile road trip?  Filling up at the gas pump!

We made it all the way from Chicago to Youngstown, OH on one tank of gas. When we finally had to fill up, the tank was small enough that it only costed about $30 for gas (versus my big sedan’s $70+ fill up).

We had an awesome time in Youngstown and we are happy to report that Laura is doing great in her new career/life in Israel!

It was pretty funny that literally everyone at the party kept asking, “Whose Prius is that in the driveway!?!”  Even this 89 year old family friend was impressed at the idea of a hybrid car!  You’d have thought I drove in with a classic car or a hot rod with how many questions we got about the Prius in the driveway! I highly recommend testing out the Prius c yourself!

Don’t forget to leave us a tweet @MsCareerGirl: what’s your Prius? What technology, career firsts or products would you consider a first? We’ll be compiling your answers and sharing in a post Friday July 6th!



Nicole Emerick

Nicole Emerick founded Ms. Career Girl in 2008 to help other ambitious young professional women thrive in a career they love. Ironically, growing MsCareerGirl helped Nicole transition her own career from commercial banker to digital marketer. Today Nicole leads the social media team at a large advertising agency in Chicago. Nicole also served as an adjunct professor at DePaul University where she helped develop the careers of PR, Advertising and Communications students. Tweet with Nicole @_NicoleEmerick.