Alumni Return to Share Their Wisdom

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Before heading back to their respective colleges for the second semester, 41 Syosset High School alumni returned to their alma mater to talk with current students about their postsecondary education experiences.

Coordinated by the high school guidance department and Syosset High School PTSA, Alumni Day brought current juniors and seniors together with former students to discuss a wide range of issues. Topics included making adjustments in study habits and budgeting work time, getting along with roommates, overcoming homesickness and major commonalities among the student bodies of the different universities.

Max Carol, Syosset’s 2015 valedictorian who now attends Cornell University, participated in a panel discussion with upperclassmen in the Little Theater. “The biggest thing is transitioning to living in a new place on your own and paying for things yourself,” he said. “Academically, it’s hard too. Syosset High School prepared me well with all of the different kinds of classes and AP courses that it offers. It definitely helped in adjusting to the larger [college] workload.”

Panel discussions were also held in the school library and guidance resource center. Alumni were treated to a breakfast in the guidance center prior to breaking out into discussion groups.

PTSA Co-presidents Ellen Fielding and Perri Mekalainis and Parent Connection Co-chairs Belinda Wiseman and Sharon Georghiou sent out Alumni Day invitations earlier this school year. In conjunction with the guidance department, they also publish an extensive campus connection booklet that includes the names, phone numbers and email addresses of approximately 150 participating alumni, along with the colleges/universities they attend. The booklet is available to current Syosset students who wish to contact the alumni to learn more about a particular college or campus life.