Grace Huang (Class of 2020)
by Alex Zhang
TAMStar of the week Grace Huang speaks with us about her time as a senior mentor, and her best advice for TAMS juniors.
Grace, just to introduce yourself: which clubs are you involved in? And is there anything you’d like people at TAMS to know about you?
Grace: I'm an exec for TCS (TAMS Culinary Society), a head of CSO’s Good Samaritan [committee], and a senior mentor. I'm involved in pretty much as many club activities as I have time for. Mainly pROfiLE, VIBE and Project Smile. I guess I want people [at] TAMS to know that, yes, academics [are] a very important priority, but also—make time to enjoy and try new things!
Since TAMS is a once in a lifetime opportunity, make the most out of the experience and don't worry about what other people think.
It definitely sounds like you’re trying new things. Were you involved with all of those activities before TAMS?
Grace: Nope! Except cooking—that interest has grown [since I came] to TAMS.
When did you start cooking?
Cooking was an activity that I commonly did with my mom and grandmas. I guess cooking had a lot of sentimental value for me. Plus, who doesn't like food?
Speaking of your family, I saw that you all visited Amsterdam recently. Is traveling something you enjoy doing?
Grace: Yes! Since I'm almost off to college, my dad has been trying to cram in tons of family vacations. Out of all the vacations, some of the best were with nature. Our family loves going hiking and kayaking.
Where's your favorite place that you've gone?
Grace: For the view, [it] would be the Colorado and Canadian Rockies. Food: Asia!
I think I've seen pictures of that view on your social media. You're really great at photography!
Instagram? I haven't checked in quite a while. Thanks!
Tell me about the Computer Science Organization’s Good Samaritan committee. What do y’all do?
Grace: The Good Samaritan Volunteering Committee ([which was] started by our fave CSO exec, Connie Wang volunteers at the Good Samaritan Society, a senior home [in Denton]. What we do is help them with their technology problems. In our rapidly advancing society, we sometimes forget that many elderly citizens struggle to keep up. Some of the more common problems are actually quite simple (such as how to use Facebook [or] navigate [a] phone or computer. The most heartwarming part of the experience is seeing the senior citizens [happiness at being] able to see their grandchildren's pictures on Facebook, take a selfie and—the most rewarding of all—to have someone to talk to.
You also talked about being a senior mentor! Tell me a little bit about that experience. What’s the best part of being a senior mentor?
Grace: The experience has already been a lot more fun than I thought it would be! My juniors are the kindest, sweetest, loveliest, most exciting and most enthusiastic kids. The best part is getting to know their cute quirks and being part of their TAMS experience.
Any sage senior mentor advice to give to the juniors? Or to anyone who's planning on coming to TAMS next year?
Grace: Just enjoy things in the present moment. Numbers really truly do not define you. Be yourself.
Beautiful advice. Thanks for speaking to us Grace!
Check out our interview with Satya Suravaram, the other TAMStar of the week.