As high school students begin a new school year, parents may feel the urge to impart words of wisdom. But kids often listen more to the advice of their peers. So Newsday asked students who made the most of their high school years — 2017 valedictorians from Long Island — to help out by sharing secrets of success with those still in the trenches. Here are their top tips.
Don’t compare yourself to others
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“It’s overwhelming to think about test scores and everything — you could compare yourself all day long,” says Manhasset High School valedictorian Gregory Dellis, who is now studying architecture at Yale University. “The best way to have a great experience is having the mentality that you can only do the best you can do.”
Take an unexpected class
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Gregory Dellis tried a life-drawing class offered after school — with nude models. The students initially were terrified, he says, but it was a great experience. “I wrote my common application essay about it and spoke about it at graduation,” Dellis says. Roslyn High School valedictorian Todd Warshawsky, also headed to Yale, echoes Dellis’ advice: “I wrote my college essay about teaching myself to speak Yiddish.”
Hold off on hot-and-heavy romance
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“Don’t get a girlfriend or boyfriend,” advises Amityville…
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