ODA Students Take A Road Trip


Students at the last stop of their trip, Rollins College.

Imagine making the college touring experience a breeze, and being able to get input from your college counselor while touring.

This year, for the first time ever, you could have done exactly this. Mr. Harding, a member of the college counseling team, has developed the itinerary of a college trip to see various Florida schools. The students were able to get the inside scoop from the admissions departments and tour various colleges including UNF, UF, Flagler, Eckard, Stetson, and Rollins.

“Cool trip,” says Charlotte Dixon.

This past weekend, 18 students loaded up on a charter bus and headed to many of the top Florida Schools. At each of the schools, ODA students were able to see the campus and meet with the admissions representative for an information session. Other than the initial tour and info session, students were able to explore the town of St.Augustine to get a feel for the college, specifically Flagler.

“It was an amazing experience being able to visit all the different schools. All of the schools were unique, and it was a special opportunity to be able to do this with your friends. My favorite part was when we were in St. Augustine, because we had some time to explore the city, we even met the captain of the Flagler quitidge team! ” says sophomore, Anne Keen.

During their six college visits, students learned what questions to ask, what kind of school they are looking for, and what college life is like. The trip gave students a taste of the different varieties of colleges, so that when they go look at any other college, in state or out of state, they have the right techniques.

“This trip was an amazing experience to visit schools that were all different. One of the best parts was seeing six very different schools, for it was nice to see the differences. It was also nice to look for colleges with the help of Mr. Harding and Ms.Chait. They were very helpful with tips and shared good manners and techniques for college tours,” says sophomore, Carling Landeche.

If you missed out on the trip, stay tuned for next year because Mr. Harding is planning another trip with a different itinerary for freshman and sophomores.