What do Princeton, Columbia, Penn, Lehigh, Lafayette, and St. Joseph’s have in common? …or the Gross Anatomy Lab at Hahnemann Medical School and the expansive art studios at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts? All were part of the 11th grade college trip, when students visited eight schools in three states in just three days. Planned and chaperoned by the head of Upper School, the director of college counseling, and the school counselor, the college trip allows students to not only explore their many options for further education, but take in a little culture at the same time. Students attended the musical “In the Heights” at the historic Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia and splashed in the pool at the Princeton Marriott.
On the college trip, students were exposed to college campuses and the many opportunities they offer. The excitement and anticipation was evident as students met college admissions staff and toured each school. While tours provide a visual exploration of each school, they also provide passionate testimonies and detailed perspectives from college students – ambassadors for the college admission office – that help students envision what is unique and beneficial about each school.
The junior college trip is another element that makes up the personalized college counseling experience at Harrisburg Academy. When these students were in 9th and 10th grade, they went on a full-day field trip to other local colleges and universities, including Bucknell, Franklin & Marshall, and Dickinson. By exposing the students to many different options in higher education, they have the advantage of being well informed consumers when they are visiting campuses with their parents.
“Why does every road eventually narrow into a point at the horizon? Because that’s where the point lies.” ― Vera Nazarian