Alana Byeon (Class of 2019)

Don’t let the success of others discourage you. Let it inspire you.

What are some fun facts that you’d like people to know about you?

I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea and my Korean name (변가현) means nice and bright. When I moved to the US, a Korean 3rd grade teacher at my school gave me my American name, Alana.

What was your most memorable moment at TAMS?

I can't really think of a specific moment because I consider all of the times I've spent with my friends as one memorable moment I look back at. From grabbing meals at maple to late night talks and from frequent CVS runs to dying from studying for midterms, I've never been more than blessed to be able to cherish every single memory I made at TAMS.

What advice would you give to incoming Juniors and upcoming Seniors?

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.

If there’s one thing you could improve at TAMS, what would it be?

Honestly speaking from my experience, I don't really have anything to say about improving TAMS because it's mainly up to the individual to make the most out of the resources that TAMS provides. But if I had to just mention one thing, it would be the wifi cutoff.

What are your plans for after TAMS?

After TAMS, I am planning to pursue the pre-medicine track and hopefully enter medical school in the future so that I can achieve my dream of becoming a missionary doctor and travel around the world to bring hope into those who need that source of light.

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

One thing that I would redo at TAMS would be my choice of electives. Although I don't really feel regret because I enjoyed the electives I've taken these past two years, if I had another chance to decide, I would take classes that would be more relevant and beneficial toward college beyond TAMS (i.e. organic chemistry).

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