A high school student’s dream: take college life for a test drive.
Nearly 80 high schoolers, from across the U.S. and from Lithuania to China, finish taking Davidson College for a spin this week. They burrowed into classes such as an Anthropology course on “Skull, Bones and Clandestine Graves,” lived in the dorms, tumbled out questions to professors in one-on-one meetings and kayaked at the Lake Campus.
The annual immersion into campus life lets professors spark young, inquisitive minds with college-level coursework. It sends the high schoolers on field trips to Charlotte’s museum and theatre scene before they dive into a high school version of Davidson’s Spring Frolics weekend.
Current Davidson students, some of them July Experience alumni, guide the program as near-peer counselors, and a majority of the high schoolers apply to Davidson. The most common result, though, is that all of them leave knowing more about their own college path.