What was your most memorable moment at TAMS?
“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. It was super fun. The music was really nice and my roommate had helped plan it. So originally I there to help support her and I ended up having a really good time.”
What advice would you give incoming Juniors and upcoming Seniors?
“I would tell them to focus more on the relationships that they are trying make and not break them over silly things or waste time fighting or stress out about things that ultimately won’t matter ten or twenty years down the road. TAMS is a really special place where we can make so many friends in a short period of time. Also I would encourage them to branch out more. I mean, I think it’s realizable that a lot of Juniors are kind of forming cliques which is not a bad thing. If you find a good friend, you should stick with them, but also try to meet new people because you’ll never know what you’ll learn.”
What was your happiest and saddest moment at TAMS?
“My happiest moment at TAMS was when my roommate and I got the Senior Mentor position. The day we got the email for Senior Mentor, I was upstairs on the day of prom and they had a dunk tank that was outside. My roommate, Samantha Wang, was at the dunk tank all wet because people were dunking her and I was upstairs and Sam texted me ‘hey can you get me a towel’ and I was heading downstairs to get a towel when I got the notification on my phone and I ran. Sam had just seen the email and we were jumping up and down because we were so happy. That was definitely one of my happiest moments, I mean everything since then has been amazing like getting to know my Juniors, being able to interact with my wing and being able to interact with the other wings, and it’s been so great.
As for my saddest moment, it would be anytime something happens to a friend that you didn’t foresee. You live with all these people, so any small conflict become a really big conflict really quickly. Any time that happens it’s kind of sad, but I’m also really glad that, in a way, it’s easy to resolve these conflicts because you’re forced to see these people all the time so it’s either you get over it or you don’t, but either way you have to move on one way or another. It’s good that I’ve been able to maintain all these friendships even through the ups and downs and we come out stronger for it, so I guess that, in a way, all things happen for a reason. If there was one specific saddest moment, it would have been on my birthday this year (2019). One of my friends wasn’t able to make it to dinner but it was because they were busy but I think they could have made time, so I was kind of mad at them for not showing up, but that’s a really petty thing. I can’t really think of a really sad time actually.
Which McConnell staff represents you best?
“Apparently people see a lot of Crystal in me, so I guess Crystal? I don’t really know her that well, but I’ve had four or five RAs tell me that I’m very similar to her, so Crystal I guess.”
What is your biggest achievement at TAMS?
“I think being able to branch out. Initially, at my old high school, I had a couple of good friends and I stuck with them. It wasn’t that I was shy, it was just that I didn’t try to meet new people or expand my boundaries, but I really tried to do that here at TAMS and I think it worked. I am really happy with the outcome because otherwise I wouldn’t have been able make the friends I have.”
If there was one thing you could change at TAMS, what would it be?
“Uh, WiFi cutoff? I’m struggling. I don’t have hotspot and it’s really a problem. But a serious thing I would improve is probably the fact that some people feel like they can’t talk with others about problems they’re going through and it’s not even a mental health thing, it’s just in general. They feel like everyone else is doing so well that they don’t have a right to be struggling. So just being able to be more open about issues without making it a big deal like ‘oh my god, you’re going through this… why.’ That sort of thing. Just being willing to speak about things openly and relate with others in a way that’s comfortable.”
Special Question - How would you rate your ping pong skills?
“Was this Kevin? Kevin, tell me. I hate you. I would rate it like a solid 4 out of 10 but whoever asked that question is a solid 0 out of 10, so that’s fine okay!”