Thien Bui (Class of 2019)
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
“I think the main thing is definitely hanging out with friends because we’re at TAMS, right, and we all live together so that’s the one thing we can do all the time. Like, for example, back in high school, you could hang out with friends, but it was harder because of, one, school work and, two, just distance, like some people don’t know how to drive and stuff, but here at TAMS, we’re all here living together so it’s really easy to hang out and have fun.”
So you’re a Naturally exec right? How’s that going? How does it compare to last year?
“It’s good, we just finished our succulent fundraiser which was really successful and we’re preparing for the new execs to come in. As for comparisons, I definitely think its better than last year. Obviously it’s not the perfect club, but we’re making our way there, like this year is probably the setup year and I think the new execs can do a lot better than we could.”
What was your most memorable moment at TAMS?
“This is hard. I guess Frog Night. Getting to know all the new Juniors and just hanging out with all the Seniors too and just having that combination of both classes was really fun. We had some interesting conversations and had fun, though it was through interesting means. At Torchy’s we took some shots of Diablo sauce and the rest is legend. If you look down Overheard, you might see it.
What advice do you have for incoming Juniors and upcoming Seniors?
“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.”
What are your plans after TAMS?
“I’m not really sure yet, I guess we have to wait for college scholarships to come around, but we’ll see how that goes. I’ll probably stay somewhere close to home, somewhere in Texas. I’ll probably major in biology or biomedical engineering, and after that, medical school. I haven’t thought that much ahead of school but I guess one of my dreams is to travel around the world and just help people in third world countries.
What do you think are the best and worst things about TAMS?
“Something that goes both ways I guess is the community. I think the community at TAMS has the potential to be really close-knit, so we have the opportunity to bond and help one-another, but at the same time, because we’re so close-knit, there’s a stigma that’s been passed down from generation to generation. I don’t really have any specifics, but if the Seniors have some kind of stigma or culture, that culture passes down to the Juniors and the Juniors will learn and pass it down to their Juniors so the good things will be passed down, but the negative things will also get passed down.”