2023 College Trip Day 1

November 13, 2023
Brian Estrada
Director of College Counseling

The first full day of the college trip is in the books.  And it was one for the books.

Our buses headed in different directions this morning.  Bus A started at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  In addition to the regular campus tour (where we were joined by UNC graduate student Danielle Wilcox '18), the visit included a special all-access tour of the Dean Smith Center, home of the legendary Carolina Tar Heels basketball program.  The tour included the basketball offices, locker room, and training facilities, as well as time on the playing court in the arena.  At Duke University, students ate lunch in the impressive Brodhead Center, toured the campus in abundant afternoon sunshine, and heard advice and insights from Luke Steffy '20 and past Canterbury trustee Mr. Shep Moyle.

Bus B had a memorable visit to High Point University, where the group was ferried around the campus in style on golf carts.  High Point's living and learning facilities are renowned, and students learned about the strong mentorship and advising programs and distinctive initiatives like the Fine Dining Learning Lab which prepare students for their professional journeys.  At Elon the group enjoyed lunch and a tour of the stunning campus while catching up with Hailey Hobbs '20.

The day's visits concluded with a tour of Wake Forest University's beautiful campus during the golden hour just before sunset.  Wake Forest's liberal arts curriculum, world language and study abroad programs, and exceptionally strong community were on strong display as our own Luke Schlabach '22 and many of his close friends on campus gave of their time to introduce our students to the college.  This evening some students are enjoying a Latin Jazz concert featuring students from University of North Carolina-Greensboro while others are seeing a movie.

Tomorrow we leave North Carolina though not before additional stops at Davidson College, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, and Guilford College.  In South Caroina a group will visit Furman University and the day will conclude at Clemson University, where multiple special experiences have been planned including tours of the ceramics and theatre programs and the option of attending a theatre production or a choir performance.