Leo Dong (Class of 2019)
How has your use of free time changed since coming to TAMS?
“I have a lot more of it! Now instead of doing homework during my free time, I’m actually doing... fun things like hanging out with my friends at TAMS or... hanging out with my friends at TAMS.”
What clubs are you an exec for?
“JETS. And StuCo.”
Are you a Senior Mentor? Wait no, you live in my wing.
“I live in your wing LOL.”
How are JETS and StuCo going?
“JETS and StuCo are both really fun, but JETS is definetly a lot more work because I have to manage the Science Olympiad team. But it’s really rewarding seeing them learn and do well in competitions. It’s been a good year. Regionals is coming up so currently we’re preparing for that. I’ll let you know how that goes! StuCo is also really fun. I’ve had a good time working with the StuCo board and planning events. So, it’s been a good experience being involved in both of them.”
What advice do you have for incoming Juniors and upcoming Seniors?
“Oh man. Maybe... try your best and don’t compare yourself to anyone else! My advice for seniors specifically is that college apps are going to be hard, but know that in the end, everything will be fine!”
What was your best and worst moment at TAMS?
“I think that my best moment at TAMS is right now honestly because it’s so chill and I’m having such a fun time not really caring about my classes too much! I think my worst time at TAMS was around the time of exec season last year. It was just super stressful and I was anxious all the time about the future. It was just really really stressful. It was also hard for me to deal with anxiety at that time. It was just a big part of my experience second semester at TAMS.”
What do you think the best and worst things are about TAMS?
“I think the best things are having a lot of free time instead of having to be in class all day. I think the worst part is that there’s a culture of implicit competition, so it’s easy to feel like you’re competition with the people around you in terms of activities and accomplishments. So that sucks.”
What do you think your biggest achievement is?
“Developing a better relationship with anxiety. I feel like before, the majority of my thoughts would be unpleasent. So I’d always be thinking about things I have to do in the future and about doing poorly, but in the last two years, I feel like I’ve become a much more mindful and grounded individual, and I’m really proud that anxiety is no longer the defining part of my life.”
Transcribed by Leo Dong