McConnell 101

Hey Guys!!

ok first things first, I should have posted a little while back but things at lab got super hectic and I just started watching Daredevil on Netflix and well...... oops. It's ok, I'm here now lmao.     In other news, we just got our new room assignments for the new school year WOO HOO!! Steph and I were super pumped to learn that we got our old senior mentor's room, right by the kitchenette and TV room. Our wing is B200 and Erica is our RA, so HOLLA AT US IF YOU IN OUR WING WOO HOO B WING BEST WING :) :) Anyway, I thought I'd just talk about my first dorm experience and what I learned from it and what not. 

For me personally,  I found it really weird to not go home after classes everyday and eat my mom's home cooked food :(.The story of my fuchsia joggers/sweatpants can explain this better than any explanation I could ever give, to be honest. Okay, so I have these really obnoxiously colored purple sweatpants that I love and adore with all my heart, but I used to be super afraid of people judging me for wearing them because of how ridiculous they look. So naturally, I only wore them in my room and at home, and only to sleep, because again, I didn't want my roommate to judge me for wearing them. However, as Nivedina and I became closer, I started wearing them during the day, however still exclusively wearing them in the privacy of our room. Then, as I became more comfortable with the fact that I would be living in this building for the next 4 semesters, I became more comfortable with wearing my fuchsia pants out in public. I began wearing them downstairs in Mac, and then outside when I went to Bio in the morning, and even for my ambassadors interview!! For me, home is where I can be comfortable and do be completely myself without having to worry about what other people thought of me, because I mean, who is there to judge me at home? my family??? I mean, ok. It was a little different at TAMS however, because initially, I wasn't super close to anyone and didn't really want people to judge me for being weird as hell LOL. I think that as I got more comfortable with the people at TAMS and living away from home, I really came out of my shell,and consequently, began wearing my purple pants e v e r y w h e r e. It took some time though, I'm not going to lie, there was definitely a period of adjustment and I felt like I would never be comfortable sleeping in a bed other than the one at my house, but I got through it, and so did the other 171 people in my grade. So what I mean to say is, it'll take time, but if I can do it, so can you! (plus, if you have any more questions about McConnell or TAMS or whatever, hmu fam) 

Below are some other people's experiences with moving in and living at McConnell first semester:

Rohan Batlanki - Rohan is going to be a senior this fall and is currently my useless lab partner. He is also a "lovable senior" and a pretty cool guy; you should hit him up.

"I have a big family. Like, a really really big family. There’s the standard outfit: my mom, my dad, annoying younger sibling. Then there’s my grandmother. And my other grandmother. And the multitude of relatives that seem to be constantly cycling through our front door. At any given time, there’s maybe fifteen people in my house. So, yeah, I have one big @$$ family. Cue May 2014. I got my admission to TAMS and was working on the housing form. On the side, I was excitedly shopping for new gear for my dorm. As fourteen other voices clamored their opinions on what I should buy for my new dorm, I realized how much I couldn’t wait to be living on my own. Move in day was unlike anything I had ever seen before. iTunes top 20 blared at an ungodly loud volume and I could feel the pain as hundreds of hipsters – prevalent at UNT – bled from their ears. It was hot, humid, and wonderful. Before my car was in park, my trunk flew open as three sweaty Indian boys in self-made cutoffs pulled the luggage out of my car. I was effectively ejected from my car seat and thrust into the insufficient AC of McConnell hall. Warm, welcoming smiles greeted me, along with slaps on the back and more fist bumps than I could meet. Now a year later, the clamor still hasn’t died down. The lively energy persists year round (except during finals). There’s something comforting about being surrounded by so many people. It’s something I thought I had to let go to come here, but something that I never lost. Living in a dorm with TAMSters is chaotic, fun, dramatic, annoying, sometimes gross, energetic, and easily one of the best parts of TAMS. So, yeah, I have one big @$$ family. And it’s absolutely amazing."

Kevin Wang - Kevin and I are super good friends and he is hella @ golf. He is obsessed with Uniqlo and his shoe game is super strong.

"The first semester of TAMS really flew by for me. At first, I did not know many people at TAMS so I knew I had to make new friends, which I was a little apprehensive about because I don’t like to talk much, but I quickly got to know quite a few people during the first week of school. Even though the TAMS community is fairly small compared to a traditional high school, there are so many different kinds of people in McConnell Hall, which makes it really easy to get along with others. Another factor that contributes to the close friendships here at TAMS is the fact that everyone lives in the same building so there is a lot more opportunity to spend time with your peers outside of class. Therefore, it didn’t take long for me to find a group of people I really connected with. Dorm life was a little different from home because I had a community wing so I had to shower in the community bathroom. At first, I was afraid that there would always be a line for the showers since there are only 5 of them, but it turns out not many people like to shower at night so all was good. (Hint: if you’re in B wing 3rd floor, the 2nd shower from the right is fire emoji.) Living with a roommate isn’t too bad either as long as you can tolerate each other. I was lucky that I was friends with my roommate before coming to TAMS. "

Kunaal Kumar - ok tbh low key but I don't really know him that well but people said we have the same sense of humor so we are friends now.

"Adjusting to life in McConnell is pretty easy; even though it may seem daunting at first, it only gets easier and more familiar over time. Even if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing, you’re living with plenty of other people who are just as confused about life as you are-which, believe it or not, is probably the best thing about TAMS. You’ll experience things you never even imagined, from Indian boys gathering in your room at 2 am to talk about developing a social network for terminally ill patients to chasing people down the hallway at 5 am with a banana in hand (I’m not making this up). Even if staying up absurdly late and doing stupid things with stupid people isn’t your thing, you’ll still have plenty of fun. For example, if you hate everyone, you can still entertain yourself by playing pool all day or walking with the one person you don’t hate to get some boba. There’s definitely something for everyone in McConnell, and I promise you, you won't ever be bored!"

Nandita Ramkumar - Queen. Nandita is honestly the kindest person you will ever meet, AND SHE HAS SUCH A CUTE DOG NAMED OSWALD OMG. 

"Hey Guys! Dorm life was an experience that I absolutely loved. My roommate happened to be my stand partner from middle school orchestra, who I hadn't spoken to in years! Adjusting to the lively, fun TAMS environment was not a challenge at all for me because everyone was so welcoming and very helpful (so don't worry if you ever forget something at home smile emoticon ) The rooms may not be the biggest or the nicest, but once you get used to them and your roommate, they really aren't that bad. I found that the best way to get adjusted to TAMS was to try to meet those around me, so I could be comfortable in this new place I called home. The many late night study groups and GA's will make dorm life exciting and easy to adjust to.I hope you guys have just as much fun as I did and good luck!

Sachit Menon - Sachit is a mess, but he is a smart mess. 

"When I came to TAMS, I was really unsure about a lot of things. Would I be able to live by myself? More importantly, would I be able to live with the people around me? Once I actually got here, my wing seemed like a weird and foreign place. Soon enough, I learned I was wrong - it wasn't my wing that was a weird place, it was all of TAMS. But this "weirdness," which I originally thought to be a bad thing, was actually what made everyone comfortable living here. At how many other high schools can you show up uninvited at a classmate's door and study all night before a test? (Note: you should study in advance so you can sleep before tests.) Making friends was not hard once everyone got over their initial awkwardness. Overall, getting used to McConnell was more a matter of changing how I thought about social interaction than how I acted to other people."

Jessi Cai - ok Jessi is honestly one of my best friends at TAMS and I am so thankful for her tbh. Also, she taught me everything I know about photoshop because she is a goddess.

"A People-Hater’s Guide to Surviving McConnell Hall: An Autobiography

Once upon a time, Jessi was in lab totally doing important stuff that does not include filling tip boxes because she’s too incompetent to do anything else when Tarjani messaged her begging her to write a paragraph on her experience living in McConnell. Jessi typed up a super funny/witty response, but Tarj was like omg plz type a paragraph that’s at least 10 sentences.

So, the basics to surviving this place:

1.    Bring as much food as possible to stockpile in your room. I’m talking Costco-size of everything. Yes, the 64 pack of Poptarts (because Colleen will literally eat, like, 50 of them) and 128 pack of granola bars. You need them. Why? So you never have to leave your room. The goal is to minimize the amount of time you spend outside.

2.    Pray for a private so you literally never have to leave your room.

3.    Yell at people who try to interrupt your naps in order to assert dominance.

4.    Avoid Mac like the plague. There are always people in there, and people are bad.

5.    Befriend Tarjani so you guys can bond over how much you both hate everything.

lol, 90% of this is a joke. (lolnotreally.)"


Michael Yuan - wow Michael and I have known each other since 7th grade, but never really talked until last year at TAMS. He is cool, but his hair game is kind of weak to be honest. Also idk why the font is so small but idk how to fix it sorry. 

"When I knew I was going to attend TAMS, I felt extremely prepared for everything because my sister attended a few years earlier. Furthermore, socially, coming from Jasper, I knew a lot of people at TAMS before the school year, so I thought I would just hang out with them the whole year. However, after the first few weeks of meeting new people, I extended my friend group to people in all parts of Texas, from Plano to Frisco to Houston to Austin to Mansfield to Abilene, and deciding to meet new people was probably the best decision I’ve made since attending TAMS. TAMS provides you the opportunity to develop close bonds with people from diverse backgrounds due to the ability of living in the same building with your peers, and it’s an opportunity people should take advantage of. Dorm life for me turned out to be crazier than I expected. From 6AM donut runs to midnight food runs to stargazing to basketball to just hanging out with other people in Mac Café, dorm life for me became an experience that I am so excited to have. Dorm life also taught me a lot about time management that I had to adapt to. Because no one is there to tell you to work and because the tests ARE harder than those from Plano, you have to manage your own time and study a decent amount before tests in order to succeed. In conclusion, your social and academic life is completely up to you, so make the most of what you have, and you’ll definitely enjoy TAMS!"


Also to all the people I asked to send in their own testimonials but didn't, I have beef with you and we are going to need to talk fam. -.- 


 Until next time!  - Tarj

Until next time!

- Tarj

Posted on July 29, 2015 .