College usually marks the first time that teenagers live away from home.
For the first time, they get to make their own decisions, as well as face the consequences of those decisions.
To help with the transition from high school to college, Davidson Day School last week hosted the second annual College Life 101, which is a panel discussion between Davidson Day and Davidson College students.
Davidson Day opened the program to its freshman and sophomore classes. During its inaugural year, only juniors and seniors could attend.
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"We try to start that college exposure early," said Stacy Allen, Davidson Day's college counselor.
Four students from Davidson College, all of who are senior admissions fellows at the college, spoke to the group of 120 high school students about dining hall food, majors and everything in between.
Although the four students from Davidson College said they were there in part to represent the college, they said their main priority was giving the high school students insight into the challenges and joys of college life.
"Davidson is not a one size fits all. It's important for them to take the time to figure out what college is right for them," said senior Betsy Lyles, 21, of Davidson.
"The goal is to get students to college."
How to manage one's time well became a recurring theme during the discussion, with most of the college students saying that was one of the major adjustments they faced during their first year of college.
"You're only in class three to four hours a day," said senior Boyce Whitesides, 21, of Wilmington. "You have to learn a little discipline when it comes to using your time appropriately."
The students also touched on the advantages and disadvantages of attending either a small college such as Davidson or a larger university.
Davidson Day senior Katy Leonard said the discussion was enlightening.
"It was interesting to hear about how they adjusted," said Leonard, who plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
"Here we've gotten used to doing our homework in study halls. At college, we'll have to do it on our own. It's all on us. I know it will be a challenge but I'm excited about it."