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College students share first-year experiences
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Silvia Arora and Charles Sanky were the head of North High School's class of 2012.

This summer, he is studying Chinese at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, participating in a two-month Chinese language and culture program through the Harvard China Fund. Demas attends afternoon Chinese culture lectures and takes language, kung fu and calligraphy classes. He said that his group goes on field trips every weekend to locales in Suchuan. “So far, we have visited the Leshan Giant Buddha and E-Mei Mountain,” Demas said. “We picked our own tea and saw pandas at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Facility.” After the program finishes in early August, Demas will visit Hong Kong for a week.

Brian Sinko, last year’s Valley Stream Central salutatorian, is studying business administration at Carnegie Mellon University. He is deciding between finance, consulting and statistics, and said that although college is stressful, it is a wonderful experience. On campus, he enjoys intramural soccer and tennis, and is vice president of consulting for the Undergraduate Marketing Organization. This position involves creating marketing strategies, speaking with clients and doing data analysis. “In the fall, I had those typical pre-college fears,” Sinko said of his freshmen year. “But after the first semester, I definitely knew I made the right choice.”


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