What are some fun facts about you?
“I’ve actually lived in five different states in my life, and I’ve moved almost every two years of my life because my parents had to go around a lot for jobs and education, that kind of stuff. To say the least, I’ve been around.”
Are you an exec in any club? How’s that club going?
“Yes, I have a position in CSO. It’s been going well. CSO has been doing a lot more this year and I’m really proud of what we’ve been able to do. As a whole, since there wasn’t a lot to go off of from last year, some of the larger events we’ve had this year have been completely original and completely set up. The volunteering committees have been working especially hard for that, so I’m really happy where our club is right now.”
What was your most memorable moment at TAMS?
“There are so many. My most memorable moment was probably the first Hackathon I went to, Money20/20. It was in Las Vegas, and although I’ve travelled a lot because I do fencing, it was the first time that I’d gone somewhere with a ton of my friends rather than my parents. We did a lot there, like going to Gordon Ramsey’s burger restaurant. All in all, it was memorable because it encapsulated what TAMS was to me, just hanging out with friends and having fun.”
What do you think the best and worst things are about TAMS?
“I think the best thing is unquestionably the access to friends and being able to be with them and be closer to them. The worst thing would have to be how much backtalk is in the community, like how much gossip is in the community. This comes hand-in-hand with how tight the community is and there isn’t really anything that can be changed about this. Like obviously I’ve participated in feeding gossip, but there’s a level at which it’s gone too far.”
Who was the most influential person for you at TAMS?
""Maybe my roommate. Ryan won’t admit it, but he really uses his time very well and he has a lot of drive. It’s the kind of thing where he doesn’t brag or speak as if he’s really good at doing these things but everyone knows he’s really good, so it’s one of those things where his actions speak louder than his words.”
So you’re a world-class fencing champion. How’s that going? How has TAMS affected fencing?
“I don’t know if that’s how I’d describe myself, but one of my biggest challenges as an athlete was the time. Before I was at TAMS I was living in Waco for a while because I moved around a lot. So in Waco, I wanted to participate in fencing, but the place I wanted to train at was in Dallas. I can only train on weekends if anything at all, so that was a big thing for me, but coming to TAMS was very different for me in that I was closer but my parents couldn’t really always drive me, so I actually carpooled with a guy at UNT who also fences. But being a student athlete at TAMS was really a unique experience in that I had a lot more time to allocate to fencing, but at the same time, I had more time to allocate to my studies, so it was really about how I wanted to use my time with these. I still go to some championships like one every month for the season which generally lasts from October to February, maybe March. After that you have a big break until over a tournament over the summer, and that’s basically the season. I’ve tired to continue to be a competitive athlete, so I as I can.”