Aishwarya Mitra (Class of 2020)

TAMS has helped me mature from judging people at the outset by first impressions [and] test scores. I have learned that, given the proper response and critiques, I can become close to people I never thought I would hang out with.

- Aishwarya Mitra, Class of 2020

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Apsara Mitra (Class of 2020)

At TAMS, there is a niche for everyone—however, finding it isn't always easy. As cliche as this might sound, one of the best pieces of advice I can give is to get out of your comfort zone and meet new people. Most folks here are more open to making new friends than they might seem. Also, the support system here is incredible so if you are ever having a rough time, talk to your academic counselor, senior mentors, RAs, therapists, and peers. We are all one big family and everyone one of us has a role.

- Apsara Mitra, Class of 2020

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Satya Suravaram (Class of 2020)

Don’t feel pressured to do all the things the people around you are doing just for the sake of being involved in everything. Definitely explore new activities to see what you might be interested in but stick with the ones that are most important to you. Also, don’t spend all your time studying and focusing on just your classes. Take some time out of your day/week to do something you enjoy.

- Satya Suravaram, Class of 2020

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Grace Huang (Class of 2020)

TAMS is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Make the most out of the experience and don't worry about what other people think. Just enjoy things in the present moment. Numbers really truly do not define you. Be yourself.

- Grace Huang, Class of 2020

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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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