The transition from high school to college life can be an intimidating and intoxicating mix of independence and responsibility.
That's why Davidson Day and Davidson College teamed up last week to present College Life 101, an event the school hopes to offer annually.
A panel of five college students dished advice to about 30 juniors and seniors at Davidson Day's upper school. After the panel's presentation, they took questions from the students. They discussed finances, time management, dorm life, life as a student athlete and asking for help.
"I know something like this would have been helpful for me, so I want to give others that opportunity," said panelist Todd Resly, 22, a senior at the college who moved here from Rhode Island. "I'd urge them to try new things - I tried too many at first - but also to find a balance. I decided I wanted to be a strong leader in a few groups rather than being a mild leader in a bunch of groups."
Three of the panelists are senior admission fellows at the college, so they also shared insights about the process of becoming a student and adjusting socially.
Abby Jones, 21, also a college senior, encouraged students to take advantage of the many activities and events that happen on campuses.
"We're the best people to share this type of information with students because we're experts on what college life is like," she said before the presentation. "We can tell them how to become a student from the admission side, and we can provide the student perspective."
"All things in moderation," panelist Chris Marsicano added.
The 21-year-old from Charlotte discussed dorm life and living on your own. He told stories about clashing with his roommate - over a jar of peanut butter that was left open and was attracting flies - and attending a college where his mom works.
"My mom and her friends actually picked my roommate," he said in the presentation. "I love her, but how many of you would like your mother to pick your roommate? And I could see my mom's office from my dorm window."
Wesley King, 18, plans to attend N.C. State University in the fall. He appreciated hearing advice from people who have experienced college life first hand as opposed to hearing about it from his parents or friends.
What did he take away from the presentation?
"No matter where you go, be sure to use the resources available to you," he said. "Don't wait until the last minute. Try to get a co-op or internship throughout your four years at college."
Krysta Chirino, 18, is undecided about her college plans, but is leaning toward UNC Chapel Hill or Meredith College.
"I liked the time management advice," she said. "I do pretty well, but I also want to play tennis, so it was good to hear from a student athlete."