Meaningful Experiences Gleaned from Annual CDS Sophomore College Trip
Carolina Day School sophomores embarked on the annual CDS college trip November 11-14, visiting six schools of higher education in the Southeast. This trip is a significant and valued annual experience for Carolina Day School sophomores—one that greatly anticipated each year, and one that makes a big difference for students as they begin to think about the type of colleges they want to consider. It gives students a chance to visit a variety of schools—of different sizes, in different settings, and with different specialties—and hear what colleges say they are looking for in an applicant. In short, the trip has been beneficial in helping students imagine the future and realize that they need to make the most of the present.
This year’s trip included visits to the following colleges and universities: Virginia Tech, George Washington University, Randolph-Macon College, University of Richmond, Elon University, and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Chaperones for the trip were Upper School Principal Peggy Daniels, Director of College Counseling Jessica Browning, Upper School Counselor Jessica Braketa, Assistant Director Alumni Relations and Community Engagement Elizabeth Garland, and Grade 10 Dean Andy Lammers.
In addition to the college visits, Carolina Day made use of the expansive opportunity Washington D.C. provides and gave the sophomores the chance to explore the American narrative and to think about their place within it. As part of the trip, students explored the city in chaperoned small groups and visited sites of their choosing during a structured activity.
This is an important experience for the class of 2021. Travel has a way of bringing people together around a common experience—comments gleaned from CDS sophomores during the trip speak to a feeling of camaraderie and excitement for the future, as well as the nature of the whirlwind, multi-state trek.
"Wildly adventurous and inquisitive!"
“I loved Virginia Tech because of the balance between academics and college life."
"GW was awesome since it is the city. You have the chance to go to the school in an area where you get academics, real-world experience navigating in a big city, and skills to prepare you beyond college."
"I like to see the range of schools that are offered on the trip because it helps me think what I want in the future."
"Sleep deprived but I'm really enjoying it!"
CDS alumni were also excited to share reflections of their own experiences and the benefits they received from their sophomore college trip. While visiting Elon University, we caught up with Hannah Massen '18, now a student at the university. Massen said, "Carolina Day School prepared me by teaching me to handle serious academic work. I was the editor and chief of the CDS newspaper, so having those journalism skills coming into the Communications school and working with Elon News Network, I already had a lot of the background knowledge which allowed me to go full steam ahead with my work." Massen is pictured here holding a copy of her article in the Elon student paper—quite a feat for an incoming freshman.
As another alumn put it, “This trip was incredibly helpful for me! I’m glad to see it’s still going strong.”