Grace Chang (Class of 2019)

I have many faults, and I have many more fears, but I’m going to embrace myself as hard as I can, and I’m starting to love myself, gradually, little by little.
— Kim Namjoon

What do enjoy doing when you have free time?

Dancing! I really love dancing because it’s a good way to express your emotions and release stress all while burning off those extra calories! There’s nothing better than bonding over memey dance moves and suffering through difficult choreography together during death week. I’ve met so many people through dance from the people at UNT KCE to people participating in VIBE, and it’s just been such an unforgettable experience dancing with them.

What advice would you give to upcoming Juniors/Seniors?

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.

Who was most influential person during your tenure at TAMS?

I don’t really think it was one single person but rather a group of people, my friends, that affected me the most during TAMS. They’ve definitely been a great source of support and laughter throughout the ups and downs of TAMS, and I don’t know what I would’ve done without them. I’m definitely going to miss all the friends I’ve made here at TAMS when we go our separate paths, but I’m hoping we can still meet up or video call every now and then.

4. What was your happiest/saddest moment at TAMS?

My happiest/saddest moment at TAMS was during HOPE Auction last year. Going into HOPE Auction, I only expected to be bid on for $15-20 max, but I ended up going for much more. During that whole time, I just felt so overwhelmed by everyone’s love and support. Even people I only had the opportunity to talk to a few times throughout the semester bid on me, and it really motivated me to work even harder on my future performances to repay all their support. At the same time, it was one of the saddest moments especially during Karen Liu’s speech and VIBE P-Team’s performance when it finally hit me that all the seniors had to leave us soon. It felt like I had only just become close with several seniors, and it was almost time to say goodbye already. This year, I’m both excited for yet dreading HOPE Auction. On one hand, I can’t wait to see all the amazing performances, but on the other hand, it’ll mark around 2 months left until all us seniors leave. HOPE Auction is definitely a great experience though, and I hope everyone comes to support their friends and the National Alliance on Mental Illness!

What do think the best and worst thing about TAMS are?

Definitely all the free time. It’s amazing because you have the time to accomplish and get involved in so many more things, but it’s also easier to get sidetracked and not keep up with your academics. Personally, I’ve really enjoyed the amount of free time TAMS provides, and it’s given me the opportunity to start independently studying new languages.

What are your plans for after TAMS?

Right now, I’m not 100% sure which university I’m going to attend after TAMS, but I definitely want to try out new things and start becoming more independent. To me, college is more of a time to broaden my perspectives and mature as a person before I have to start depending entirely on myself, and I just want to make sure that I’m prepared for the future.

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