Meeting . . . Dylan Mansur

“Meeting…” is an ongoing series featuring people from all parts of the high school community (inspired by the NYT Open series of the same name).

What are your pronouns?


Which class/year are you in?

Class of 2023.

What is a job/title/role you identify as?

I used to work in landscaping, but during the year, I’m just focusing on academics and sports.

What is something you’ve spent a lot of time on recently that really interests you?

I’ve been reading up on philosophy recently. It’s something I’m going to major in during college, so I’m just trying to get a feel for it. I think it’s interesting because you can look at what these philosophers are saying from any point of view. It can be interpreted in different ways. It’s not just a fact or something that happened—it’s looking into the meaning of something.

What was your favorite subject and why?

I liked Facing History and Ourselves with Mr. Spiegel. It was very different from anything I’ve ever taken and it was pretty interactive. I got to learn a lot about things I hadn’t known like certain g*nocides that I didn’t even know happened. Very informative.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

I’m really into style. I like to thrift. Everything in my closet is from Goodwill or Savers. I like finding something new and experimenting with styles.

What is your secret to happiness?

It’s good to have long-term goals, but it’s also good to be in the moment and enjoy while you are at school, with your friends, just going out and doing things. Trying not to be so stressed about stuff going on and just try to enjoy the fun moments because they’re not going to always be there.

What is your superpower?

Being outgoing and kind. I like helping people out and being generous.

Who is your role model?

My mom. She has a very good work ethic and was able to do very well for herself even though she didn’t go to the best college. She was able to work her way up in her respective work. She had a lot of discipline. She was able to go back to school which takes a lot of commitment.

What is your best advice for your fellow students?

Try to live in the moment. Sometimes it’s good to stay in and do work and get stuff done. But sometimes you got to go out and experience things because we’re only in high school once and this is the time you have to be with your friends.