Thien Bui (Class of 2019)

“Have fun. Obviously you need to do what you need to do like study, get good grades, do extracurricular, stuff like that, but don’t forget to take breaks and just enjoy your life because two years here runs by really really quickly, so you definitely should try to live your life the best you can.”

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Hannah Chen (Class of 2019)

“I have a pretty memorable moment from Junior year during a night when most of the people in our wing were out. I don’t know what it was for, but lots of people were just out that day. Maybe it was for a competition or something, but there weren’t a lot of people and so we just had a dance party in one our rooms, like someone just got lights and a speaker, and somehow we didn’t get docked for quiet hours or anything, but it was really fun because a lot of us were just in there having fun. So that was a lot of fun, and then I also think when we moved in Senior year, I thought that was pretty memorable just because we felt so new but different at the same time, and it wasn’t the event that was memorable, it was just the feeling to be back and seeing all the people that you actually know. I thought that was pretty cool.”

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Melanie Che (Class of 2019)

“I think my experience at TAMS overall has been very good and I’ve been able to accomplish my goals academically, extracurricularly, and socially, but maybe I do wish I could have branched out more Junior year. I think I’ve always been a very talkative and social person who isn’t afraid to reach out to others, but I think it would have been nice to talk more to the people who I wouldn’t have conventionally seen, like people who were more quite because there were even Seniors in my own grade that I didn’t know until this year which I think is pretty crazy especially because there are so few of us, but it can be hard to contact them when you don’t have classes or clubs with them. But all in all, I do wish that I reached out to more people.”

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Alana Byeon (Class of 2019)

“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.”

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Emily Cao (Class of 2019)

“Don’t commit yourself to too many things because it can get overwhelming really quickly. I remember in Junior year, I committed myself to all these clubs and committees because I was trying to get as much experience as possible especially when it came to first semester Senior year when you have college apps and your classes get slightly harder, it can get very overwhelming and you end up sacrificing your sleep in favor of participation for all these things. I’d just pick one or two things you enjoy and stick to it.”

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Sophia Boisvert (Class of 2019)

“I really like knitting, knitting is a lot of fun. I watch a lot of really bad TV shows like Gossip Girl or Heart of Dixie, just really bad soap operas so I don’t have to think because I like all my limited brain power for school. I also really like rock climbing a lot as well. Knitting is probably my go-to though. I recently just finished my dad’s scarf. It was supposed to be his Christmas gift but I was a little late and I’m just starting on a new hat and a sweater, so I’m excited about those projects. I definitely won’t finish them by the end of the semester, but it keeps me busy.”

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Arinze Appio-Riley (Class of 2020)

“So I guess the advice I would give is to join every single Facebook group that you can so you’re not in your second semester joining random things and joining volunteering just because your roommate was doing something. Also, volunteer for as much as you can first semester and then stick with it so you have a good record especially when it comes to exec season because that’s something you can talk about and have leverage too. And the ones that aren’t STEM-orientated should find something they’re passionate about and when they get to exec season, they should be the pioneers for creating a new TAMS environment for their following years.”

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Joshua Allen (Class of 2019)

“The best thing about TAMS is that you have a lot of support, like you can go to your councilor, you can go to Sharon Vann, and go to Russ. You can go anyone. If you have a question, there is someone out there that’s going to be nice to you and kind to you and that can answer your questions. Support, tutoring, and all this stuff.”

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Rania Agrawal (Class of 2019)

“I think my most memorable moment at TAMS was at last year’s prom. It was really nice, and they had the tent event and a really nicely decorated tent and everything. Even though it was super cold, everyone was dressed up and it was really crisp, picturesque, and nostalgic, I was surrounded by all my friends and we were all dancing and it was cozy in a really cold way.”

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Nikita Agers (Class of 2020)

“I don’t know, I guess it’s not really just one moment that I’ve been happy, but I’ve gotten really close to my friends more this semester than last semester, so I guess making new friends and getting close to them.”

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Swapnika Alahari (Class of 2019)

“Okay, so one of my most favorite memories at TAMS was second semester, right before finals week was when my friends and I all decided we wanted to study together for one of our finals. We decided to go to Union, but we made a little stop in front of the giant eagle statue at that giant grass patch right in front (of the Union). It was super sunny and warm and we just sat there and we didn’t get any work done, but the memory of feeling the sun rays and just having my friends with me and having these cool Starbucks drinks was just really memorable.”

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Snipta Mallick (Class of 2018)

I met my roommate, Aparna, through mutual friends. And it was like a struck of luck since we are basically the same person. In having the same values, raised the same way, and it’s nice being able to go to someone who understands you. She is actually my best friend, attached at the hip, I will fight for her, and I love her to death. I met my other friends through classes and i'm just really close with all of them. We have a weird dynamic thing too but it all works out. I can go to different people for different types of advice like practical, personal, and more.

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Nihal

Having the responsibility of helping to raise her alongside my mom has given me a unique outlook on life, and I try to set an example for her in everything I do.

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Leon Jacob (Class of 2017)

The college application process was mostly logistics, and sorting things out--so being organized and keeping track of what you’ve done and what you have left to do. Except for the essays. The essays were so much art, its was crazy, it was just all about trying to be artistic and convey who you are in a creative sense.

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Esha Aggarwal (Class of 2018)

After quitting, I had to venture out of my bubble and make new friends in school and cultivate new relationships. The experience taught me not to get to comfortable in one position, because there is so much more to experience in life

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Janrose Samson (Class of 2018)

As an ambassador for the Japan-America society of Dallas/Forth Worth this summer, it was nice to go to a country that I’ve never been to before and learn about their culture, so I really like experiences like that. We got to spend a week in Japan, and we stayed with host families, so we really had the opportunity to be enveloped in the culture. That was just an amazing experience. We also went to a sushi belt place!

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