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Thursday, October 23, 2014
College students share first-year experiences
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Andrew Hackmack/Herald
Silvia Arora and Charles Sanky were the head of North High School's class of 2012.

Charles Sanky graduated as Valley Stream North’s salutatorian last year at 16 years old. Now, he is a pre-med student at Columbia University considering a biology major with a business concentration. Despite the heavy workload, he said that he had an amazing first-year experience and is grateful for Columbia’s core curriculum that forces him to take a variety of courses. He is the mental health chair of the American Medical Students’ Association and alumni relations chair of the Wind Ensemble. Sanky is passionate about faith and music and is a member of the Gospel Choir, Wind Ensemble, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and Columbia Faith and Action.

He also started working with Columbia University Information Technology as a lab consultant and field operations associate and is continuing that work part-time this summer. Remaining on campus, he also works on the New Student Orientation Committee “to help new students become acclimated to the university community.” Sanky is training to be an emergency medical technician and will volunteer in the fall upon receiving his certification. He is staying active by playing sports and enjoys coming back home to Valley Stream on the weekends. “I am grateful for a busy schedule and the learning opportunities it provides me,” Sanky said.

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