Riya Danait (Class of 2019)

“I guess some fun facts would be I like Rubik’s cubes and maze- and sequential-type puzzles. I have a collection of them actually, so that’s pretty interesting. I’ve actually recently been trying to read more of the classics like Anna Karenina and a few others. Oh another, this is kind of weird, I can wave my eyebrows.”

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Justin Cho (Class of 2019)

“There are so many. My most memorable moment was probably the first Hackathon I went to, Money20/20. It was in Las Vegas, and although I’ve travelled a lot because I do fencing, it was the first time that I’d gone somewhere with a ton of my friends rather than my parents. We did a lot there, like going to Gordon Ramsey’s burger restaurant. All in all, it was memorable because it encapsulated what TAMS was to me, just hanging out with friends and having fun.”

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Natasha Chugh (Class of 2019)

“I think the best thing about TAMS is that, since we live together, we have a good sense of community. We all support each other all the time and for anyone struggling, there is always a source for help whether it’s Seniors Mentors, fellow peers, or even the teachers at UNT, all of whom are very helpful. As for the worst thing, I never really had any bad or negative experiences with TAMS. I can’t really pinpoint anything negative.”

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Ryan Chhong (Class of 2019)

“Some advice? I’m not the best at giving advice. I guess there’s one thing to say. Just do what you really want to do. I’d say that’s about it. If you’re doing something you enjoy, just keep keep doing it. Even if you’re not the best at it, as long as you find it fun, that’s all that counts right. I mean, I’m not very good at coding, I just find it fun, so that’s why I keep on doing it.”

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Joy Cheshire (Class of 2019)

“I actually love to read and write. With an environment like TAMS, its easy to get swept away by all the STEM subjects and STEM volunteering opportunities, so whenever I get the chance, I really like to take the opportunity to just devote some time to creating things for me and me only.”

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Alex Battin (Class of 2019)

“Relax. I think people at TAMS are very focused on their future and very forward thinking and that’s great, but I think sometimes we just need to sit back, take a deep breath, and be okay with fate, especially with college apps. People were very much, I guess, on edge with UT and probably other schools. Everyone was very bothered with it. And I guess there’s a reason to be bothered with it, but at the end of the day, everyone at TAMS will be really successful and in their future careers, and I hope that everyone enjoys TAMS. So I think they need to relax and enjoy life. We’ll be alright. It’ll be fine.”

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Grace Chang (Class of 2019)

“Don’t be hung up too much on the results. What’s important is you try your best, but if you aren't able to achieve what you wanted to, learn from your mistakes and move on. I think that’s a really important mindset to have as you go through life, and what a lot of people don’t realize is that there are a lot of other great opportunities available so it’s not the end of the world if you can’t get your first choice.”

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Thien Bui (Class of 2019)

“Have fun. Obviously you need to do what you need to do like study, get good grades, do extracurricular, stuff like that, but don’t forget to take breaks and just enjoy your life because two years here runs by really really quickly, so you definitely should try to live your life the best you can.”

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Hannah Chen (Class of 2019)

“I have a pretty memorable moment from Junior year during a night when most of the people in our wing were out. I don’t know what it was for, but lots of people were just out that day. Maybe it was for a competition or something, but there weren’t a lot of people and so we just had a dance party in one our rooms, like someone just got lights and a speaker, and somehow we didn’t get docked for quiet hours or anything, but it was really fun because a lot of us were just in there having fun. So that was a lot of fun, and then I also think when we moved in Senior year, I thought that was pretty memorable just because we felt so new but different at the same time, and it wasn’t the event that was memorable, it was just the feeling to be back and seeing all the people that you actually know. I thought that was pretty cool.”

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Melanie Che (Class of 2019)

“I think my experience at TAMS overall has been very good and I’ve been able to accomplish my goals academically, extracurricularly, and socially, but maybe I do wish I could have branched out more Junior year. I think I’ve always been a very talkative and social person who isn’t afraid to reach out to others, but I think it would have been nice to talk more to the people who I wouldn’t have conventionally seen, like people who were more quite because there were even Seniors in my own grade that I didn’t know until this year which I think is pretty crazy especially because there are so few of us, but it can be hard to contact them when you don’t have classes or clubs with them. But all in all, I do wish that I reached out to more people.”

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Alana Byeon (Class of 2019)

“One advice that I would strongly encourage the upcoming juniors/seniors to take into account is to love oneself for who they are as an individual. I remember several times where I've compared myself to other TAMS students that I believed were way above my league, but I started to realize we are all human beings and have our own characteristics and abilities that make us stand out. I just want for students at TAMS to always have confidence and faith in themselves because every single person is cherished by someone.”

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Emily Cao (Class of 2019)

“Don’t commit yourself to too many things because it can get overwhelming really quickly. I remember in Junior year, I committed myself to all these clubs and committees because I was trying to get as much experience as possible especially when it came to first semester Senior year when you have college apps and your classes get slightly harder, it can get very overwhelming and you end up sacrificing your sleep in favor of participation for all these things. I’d just pick one or two things you enjoy and stick to it.”

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Sophia Boisvert (Class of 2019)

“I really like knitting, knitting is a lot of fun. I watch a lot of really bad TV shows like Gossip Girl or Heart of Dixie, just really bad soap operas so I don’t have to think because I like all my limited brain power for school. I also really like rock climbing a lot as well. Knitting is probably my go-to though. I recently just finished my dad’s scarf. It was supposed to be his Christmas gift but I was a little late and I’m just starting on a new hat and a sweater, so I’m excited about those projects. I definitely won’t finish them by the end of the semester, but it keeps me busy.”

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Arinze Appio-Riley (Class of 2020)

“So I guess the advice I would give is to join every single Facebook group that you can so you’re not in your second semester joining random things and joining volunteering just because your roommate was doing something. Also, volunteer for as much as you can first semester and then stick with it so you have a good record especially when it comes to exec season because that’s something you can talk about and have leverage too. And the ones that aren’t STEM-orientated should find something they’re passionate about and when they get to exec season, they should be the pioneers for creating a new TAMS environment for their following years.”

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Joshua Allen (Class of 2019)

“The best thing about TAMS is that you have a lot of support, like you can go to your councilor, you can go to Sharon Vann, and go to Russ. You can go anyone. If you have a question, there is someone out there that’s going to be nice to you and kind to you and that can answer your questions. Support, tutoring, and all this stuff.”

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Rania Agrawal (Class of 2019)

“I think my most memorable moment at TAMS was at last year’s prom. It was really nice, and they had the tent event and a really nicely decorated tent and everything. Even though it was super cold, everyone was dressed up and it was really crisp, picturesque, and nostalgic, I was surrounded by all my friends and we were all dancing and it was cozy in a really cold way.”

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