Joy Cheshire (Class of 2019)

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What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

“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.”

What clubs are you involved in? How are those clubs going?

“I am the President of Naturally and I am involved in SAGA. I love Naturally a lot. My entire exec board is absolutely fantastic. I have such a great PA and such a great Vice President. We just work really well together and I’ve been really proud of how much we’ve completed last year. Just the growth and development has just been remarkable and even for the small things, I have been infinitely proud of my board. We got the community garden up and running this year. The bike share project is actually functional; we have more than two functional bikes, which is pretty cool. We’ve planned one amazing campout and we are looking forward to the next one. As for SAGA, it’s been doing really well. We have big dreams with the limited budget. We hope to revitalize and bring back SMAT, the TAMS drag show. It remains to be seen if that’ll happen, but I really appreciate the commitment of my board and the dreams they have to make that happen.

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

“I don’t know what advice I can give to the upcoming Seniors other than just to find what they like and the things that they like doing and try to focus on those so they don’t spread themselves too thin. When you’re coming into TAMS, it can be really easy swept up in all the Facebook groups and all these opportunities, but it gets a lot better when you find something you’re passionate about and put more of your focus into that rather than try a ton of different things. As for incoming Juniors, just don’t be afraid of connecting with people and don’t be afraid to reach out and make new friends. Don’t just settle for the people around you.

What were your happiest and saddest moments at TAMS?

“There are too many happiest moments. Any moment I spend with my roommate is a happy moment, but I think specifically, every campout I’ve ever had at TAMS through Naturally has been absolutely incredible. There’s just something so moving about going into the woods with a croup of people and forgetting about school work for a couple of days and focus on having fun. That has changed a little bit since becoming an exec since I’m responsible for running it, but last semester’s campout has been just as amazing. There have been some especially special moments and campouts have been one of them for sure and is probably one my favorite at TAMS. I don’t know if I want to talk about my saddest moment because I don’t like thinking about it.”

Who do you think was most influential at TAMS for you?

“I think the person who’s definitely influenced me the most has been my roommate, Chloe. I literally could not imagine my TAMS experience without her. She’s forced me to get out of my shell in a way I did not think possible. She’s just always excited and ready to do something, and sort of enthusiasm is just completely infectious. I feel like every time I’m with her that there’s never a dull moment and I just feel so much more willing to try things when I’m with her, so she’s been absolutely incredible.

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

“I’m not sure I would redo anything at TAMS. I just don’t think I would.”

What are you plans for after TAMS?

“I mean I foresee myself attending a college obviously, but as for solidified plans I really like biology so maybe I would pursue a career in biology, but as for a specific field or specific school, I’m not really sure. I think it’s definitely relatable t okay that the college process has been really stressful so I don’t know exactly where I’ll end up but I do think that I’ll be happy wherever I go.”

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