EDISON, NJ -- Six graduates from the Class of 2018 at 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 Susan Swenson of Plainfield, Director of College Counseling.
This year's panel included:
- CJ Stueck of Scotch Plains (Penn State, Schreyer Honors College),
- Simu Singh of Monroe (George Washington University),
- Soorya Srinivas of Edison (New York University, Stern School of Business),
- Mia Reyes of Piscataway (Haverford College),
- Suraj Chandran of Edison (University of Pennsylvania), and
- Lauren Kisare of Bridgewater (Amherst College).
Topics of discussion included application stress, college visits, finding the right fit in a college or university, time management, college essays, class sizes, establishing relationships with professors, social life in small and large campus environments, internships, extracurricular activities and campus life.
The W+H alumni panelists agreed that time management and good mental health are two critical factors in a successful transition to college life. They emphasized the importance of finding the right fit in a college or university setting. They advised the juniors and seniors that staying on top of their academics and taking advantage of free time are very important once you arrive in college. The panelists also encouraged the W+H students to enjoy their time in high school and to remain calm throughout the process.