Joshua Allen (Class of 2019)

Hiking is not escapism; it’s realism. The people who choose to spend their time outdoors are not running away from anything; we are returning to where we belong.
— Jennifer Pharr Davis

What do you enjoy doing in your free time at TAMS?

“I actually enjoy reading books and listening to audiobooks. I read as much as I can. As of now, I read about a book per week, which is not easy because some of the books are 13 to 15 hours long. My goal is to eventually get it to 2 or even 3 books a week. To be clear, these books aren’t fiction or for entertainment. The books that I read are for the betterment of myself. For example, I read a lot of business/finance books as well as self development books. I see it as investing in myself. What else? I also enjoy traveling, but especially traveling to National Parks and camping at them. I absolutely love the outdoors. I love to hike, ski, and adventure off the trail.”

How do you think you’ve changed since coming to TAMS?

“Oh my goodness, I’ve changed so much! I sometimes look back at who I was a year ago and I am a completely different person than who I used to be, for the good, of course. Now, I wake up early at 5:00 am and try to get to bed at 10:00 PM. I have this strict sleep schedule, which Is really hard to follow at TAMS. I’ve cut out a lot of the excess out of my life and put more focus on my future. I’m more disciplined now. I’m more focused. I’m ready for Life!”

Do you have any advice for incoming Juniors and upcoming Seniors?

“Advice… Honestly, the less you complain about class and the less you complain about work, not only do the classes become more enjoyable but you actually gain something from it. If you complain and just throw stuff to the side and not try, you don’t gain anything from doing that work and it’s a miserable process, but if you just change your perspective, change your mind, on how you view menial tasks, you can really change your experience and your time at TAMS. It’s all about that perspective. You know, stuff like seminar. If you don’t complain about seminar, you might actually find something useful to you.”

If you could redo anything at TAMS, what would it be?

“I honestly wouldn’t redo or undo anything that I did at TAMS. With every single decision that I make, I first get into the right mindset for the situation, then observe all of the consequences of the possible choices I have, and then choose the best option. I don’t make choices off of impulsive desire, emotion, or outside pressure. Because of these purposeful actions I live out a regret-free life.”

What do you things are about TAMS?

“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, you can go to Russ. You can go anyone. If you have a question, there is always someone out there that’s going to be nice and kind to you and that can answer your questions. Support, tutoring, and all this stuff. That’s the good thing about TAMS.”

What are your plans beyond TAMS?

“So right now, I am going to stay at UNT. UNT offers a combined BS and MS in accounting, which I can finish in 3 years. So, with the TAMS-to-Eagle Scholarship, I can get my Bachelors and Masters in Accounting, almost for free at UNT, which is awesome. Also, I can stay close to home, which is important to me because I love my family a lot.”

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