EDISON, NJ -- Six recent graduates from The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison participated in a panel discussion and answered questions about the college process and their transition from high school on Young Alumni College Day in the Berry Performing Arts Center. The discussion was moderated by Chris Teare, Director of College Counseling.

This year's panel included, from left: Ryan Petela of Clark (University of South Carolina), Dazlyn Erachshaw of Iselin (George Washington University), Jack Schildge of Westfield (Colorado University), Alexandra Garces of North Brunswick (Cabrini University), Ray Huang of Edison (Brown University) and Stanislav DeLaurentiis of Plainfield (Columbia University).

Topics of discussion included class sizes and formats, selecting majors and minors for fields of study, taking elective courses, the differences between professors and teaching assistants, time management, social life in small and large campus environments, study abroad options, the importance of sleep, extracurricular activities and campus life.

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The W+H alumni panelists agreed that students need to enjoy the classes they take because of the heavy workload in college. They emphasized the importance of finding the right fit in a college or university setting. They advised the juniors and seniors to “pursue interests outside the classroom, get involved and be active.” The panelists also encouraged the W+H students to enjoy their time in high school and to remain calm throughout the process.

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located at 1295 Inman Ave. in North Edison, near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.