Yowl Exclusive: Prospective Student Loves Campus, Hopes First Choice Works Out

On Monday, a number of Davidson Freshman opened their doors to prospective Wildcats. Many of these students are in the midst of deciding which schools they want to attend, and which schools make them reconsider taking a gap year. High School senior Earl Cook stayed in Belk with Robbie Payne ‘23. The Yowl was able to get an exclusive interview with the prospective student before he left.

Cook described his first night on campus as “relaxing” as he played games on his phone while Payne finished a paper for his Writing 101. Cook was surprised that Payne’s first year seminar actually consisted of revising and copy editing his work. Cook had researched Havards first year seminars and knew that they were the best in the country. Such seminars focus on guides to campus life, civic education units and students creating lifelong networks.

On Tuesday, Payne gave Cook a tour of campus, stopping in Chambers to submit his paper. Cook was shocked that the professor knew Payne on a first name basis and asked Payne “Why isn’t a graduate student teaching the class?” Payne neglected to answer his question and moved on with the tour. Cook also asked The Yowl similar questions and wanted to know “If a graduate student isn’t teaching the class, then when do professors have time to do their own research?”

Paynes tour ended at Wall. The prospective student loved Wall, but was taken aback that it was the only Science building on campus. Cook reflected on his first-choice-school and told us  that the students who have “real majors” have an entire sub-section of campus dedicated to the individual major. Cook added, “I guess I could see why you guys came here but don’t you think the campus is small?”

Cook could barely contain his excitement at dinner, knowing that pre-games should be starting soon. His bubble was quickly burst.“I kept asking what was up next and where Robbie liked to hang after hours, but he kept telling me he had another paper due. I couldn’t believe it. Robbie was in a frat! And he was going to spend his night working on an assignment?”  Cook couldn’t help but scoff, masking it by choking on some of his Oreo Scoopie. “I mean this place turned into a ghost town after 9 P.M. What is that all about?” Cook inquired.

Cook told Payne that he appreciated his hospitality, but knew deep down his heart was set on the “Ivies.” Payne reiterated that he enjoyed hosting prospective students, and told Cook to text him if he had any more questions. Cook  made it clear that he “hoped to God it wouldn’t come to that,” but appreciated the generosity that he had experienced on campus. 

The Yowl looks foward to seeing Cook on campus next fall. 

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