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(This is Part 2 of 2 in my TAF 2013 post, about small group, people in TAF, and continued musings. Part 1 has my thoughts on staff and TAF in general. Read it first please! )
2013 represented the best year of my life since I started going to TAF. I was more relaxed, able to chase more dreams, and check more things off my life checklist than ever before. I can confidently say that I am a happier and more content person today than I was in the past. That’s not to say that life was perfect this last year. I was hot-headed with friends, I still get frustrated easily and react immaturely, and I’m really quite unfocused. It’s just that I felt like nothing was holding me down, that for the first time in a long time, I felt like I was in a good place. Which is probably why I feel like I got the least out of TAF this year as a person, that the stories and feelings I shared came from a different heart. For me, I always separated my life with TAF life. TAF was a place where I could be myself, to be the me that I wanted to be. To leave my problems behind because for a week in my life I wouldn’t have to worry about it and bring it up when it was relevant. That is, in group games, water fight, dances and the such, I should be positive, and only share my stories and troubles in small group and ID, where it felt right and comfortable to do so. But this year I couldn’t do either. I was content in small group and in activities; it was hard to separate life out of TAF and within TAF. It’s more a testament to what TAF is and how TAF has affected my life. Save for one year where I was absolutely lost and devastated after TAF, I’ve always left and returned to TAF in a better place than before.
It wasn’t that TAF wasn’t rewarding, but I do realize now that where I am in life is inversely related to how effective TAF is for me. Plus, I don’t go to TAF solely for an emotional release, I go because I also enjoy working with campers and staff, and being in a better place in my life did allow me to be a better advisor. But I don’t know if that necessarily meant I was giving better advice. I felt a bit more disconnected from the stories and feelings people were entrusting to me, because I couldn’t dig deep enough to find ways to relate to them. I don’t feel comfortable telling other people how to live their lives, to make suggestions on what someone should do. I like to share my experience, tell TAFers my story and what I would have done the same or differently, so that they can better make their own decisions. But I felt like I was dictating more this year, because I had to dig extra deep for stories to share and that was really difficult. I often had to catch myself or pull back; I had to catch myself from being the advisor I didn’t want to be.
That was a little startling. I never expected that my actions as an advisor would clash with my philosophy as an advisor or that my emotional reaction as a TAFer would clash with my expectations of TAF. The whole experience was a bit startling; which was probably why I wrote about catching the little things. I had to make myself appreciate TAF more because I found that going through the motions just wasn’t enough for me. Monday and Tuesday of TAF were really tough for me, I think the staff can attest to that. Yes, I had some bad experiences and it felt like TAF, one of my safe spaces, had disappointed me in some ways, but mostly because I didn’t know why TAF wasn’t “working.” When I woke up on Wednesday and talked to Andrew and Alex, I realized that I was no longer separating my lives and putting them together. The troubles I tried to leave behind in Los Angeles stayed with me because I also brought the happiness I felt from my life back home. In a way, I was more myself, I had fully grown into someone who could be comfortable at TAF but also away from TAF all because of TAF. I think that’s really quite amazing and I hope I could bring that back to TAF soon.
What I do go back to TAF for is the reward of watching campers grow, not only through the week, but through the years. It’s something that’s always brought joy to me : to see people grow out of their shell the same way I wish I could have. To see them smile more, interact more, be more comfortable in their own skin. This year I was really blessed with a small group that needed no guidance to love and smile. The Pockymon got along from Day 1, respected each other, listened to each other, and learned from each other. It was the easiest year I’ve ever had as a small group advisor. I always use the word “magic” to describe TAF, but this year’s was a bit different. Everyone got along, not just as small group members, but as friends. They would spend time together when they didn’t have to. We never get to write notes before Sunday, to put in their mailbox one last time before the week was over. I just want this to be a reminder, forever, of what I think of you, how much I love you, and how much you inspire me. So this is for the Pockymon, thank you for an amazing year!
Again, in respect of our safe space I’ll limit this to what I think we’d be willing to share with the public. I hope you guys can continue to come to me to talk about things in private, both serious or not. About word games, League of Legends, Food-Pokemon puns, sweaters, sunglasses, rubix cubes, seal of approvals, seal the marine mammals, Seal the singer, stamps, or lemons. Probably not lemons, because that’s kind of boring. And sour. Like really sour.
Athena - Thanks for being so cool when I sat on you Friday night after that super rainy small group session with the wasp. I will always remember how you’re so cool with everything, and always just go with the flow, like it’s no big deal. I know you got stuck with the last Pockymon choice and you just took it and ran with it and made it yours, which was really awesome. I think of everyone in small group, you and I are the most alike. We really like to think things out about or lives and really process it before sharing, which is something that I do a lot. Although I feel like sometimes I do blab without thinking and you never do that. Obviously I think that’s pretty awesome because I’m really awesome. It simply makes me think that you’re really, really awesome as well. I do feel like out of everyone in small group, I spent the least time with you and I feel a little guilty about it. I want to make it up to you somehow! Hopefully we can connect and get to know each other even more! Much love, Athena, thank you for being you!
Ben - I’m sorry I never had to actually learn from you how to solve a rubix cube. I was really hoping that we would get a chance for you to teach me. It’s definitely something that you have to bring back next year so that I can learn! You and I are very similar in that we’re very logical people that always consider the angles. I struggle with people who don’t see things my way, or letting my heart dictate my decisions, but you don’t seem to have that problem. You are super smart and passionate about things like robotics and algorithms, these super intricate and advanced things that other things almost seem boring to you. TAF seems like one of those things you’re really passionate about though, and I’m really glad you put in the effort to connect with everyone. I remember that I used to disconnect myself from things I wasn’t passionate about and it was really hard for me to put effort in things I saw as repetitive or boring. It’s still important to work at things we don’t find interesting though, and I hope you can be stronger than I was. As always, I will be there for you whenever you need it. Love you, Ben!
Catherine - Blue! Purple! Brown! Black! Orange! Green! White! Turquoise! Grey! Silver! Thank you for being so appreciative and supportive. For taking the time to tell me how you felt and for asking if I was okay when I was looking a bit down. I honestly was feeling a little gloomy for the first couple of days and it was a crisis of confidence. But you talking to me, asking me, and caring about me definitely turned that around. I hope that you could tell! You have such a kind and gentle soul, and everything you did at TAF came from a really good place. Honestly, spending time with you at TAF has been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences of TAF. To hear you talk about your life and the reasons why you go to TAF reminded me of why I come to TAF. I know that it was a really difficult decision for you and one that hasn’t resolved itself, but I can honestly say that everything will be ok! Ultimately the choices you have in front of you are things that only you can decide but know that I am always going to be there if you have any questions! Thank you for everything Catherine! I love you!
Colleena - I have in my phone your number from 2009 when you and Ellery took it for a bit as “Colleena the camper I wish I had” and it took four years but it finally happened! It was really awesome to have you there, because ever since I had Ellery in my small group my first year at TAF, you’ve been one of the campers NOT in my small groups that I’ve been very close to. I can’t believe it’s been 5 years and that I finally got to see you two lead TAF night this year. To think of how you were back then to where you are now is really rewarding. I’m glad we could spend the time this year to hang out and learn from each other, to get to know each other a little bit better. I hope you got out of small group and TAF as much as you wanted to this year. It was really awesome to see you smile more as the week progressed, it reminded me of all the jokes and fun we had through the years. Best of luck in college apps and make the most out of your year in Shanghai! I hope that the time difference doesn’t keep us from keeping in touch. With my love!
Eric – You don’t know who I am but I know who you are! Actually, I hope you know who I am after this week. And I definitely know who you are. As a senior, I’m really glad that I got to have you in group before you moved up to staff (which I think you’d be great in). You bring such joy wherever you go; whenever I picture you in my head I think of your hat and that really big smile you have and it just makes me feel better. I’m really glad you decided to pursue your dreams. It’s something that I wish I could have done more and it’s something that I really admire. You’re going to be a great teacher and a great musician and I hope you get all that you want out of Rutgers to pursue that dream, and more. College is a huge step but I think it’s one that you’re more than ready to take, but even if you find yourself stumbling, I want you to know that I’ll always be there to help you out if you ever need it. Love you!
Jeremy - First things first, you are a ball of energy. It really does cause me to have an “Aiyah” moment because I just can’t keep up most of the time. Honestly, it made me feel a little old. That’s okay though because I think your energy was contagious and it got everyone else’s energy up when we needed it. I’m really glad you’re so grounded in your faith and find it such a big part of you. It’s not something I can relate to exactly, but your fervor and dedication are qualities that I definitely find within myself. I know how you defined yourself and your values sort of clashed with some of the values of other people at TAF. I really admire your courage and resilience in pushing through and staying strong through the week. It honestly looked like nothing fazed you through the week when sometimes you probably had more trouble than I could ever imagine. At the most basic level, I hope you had fun this week and that you take the time to come. It would mean so much to me if you did. Thank you and I love you!
Justin – I honestly don’t know how to start this, because I got to see so many sides of Justin at TAF. You are fun and goofy, you are emotional and deep, you are loud and energetic, you are thoughtful and attentive, you are quiet and introspective. To me, it means you can be comfortable at TAF and that’s really awesome to me. I wanted to thank you for sharing things in small group that were things you’ve never shared before. It showed me how important you thought small group was and how you respected it as a safe space. The fact that you smiled after and joked around shows that you’re so strong and I’m so proud of you for that. I hope you come back to TAF next year because you make such a positive impact on so many people’s TAF experience. I want more of Justin Lee, the excitement and variety he brings to TAF. Until then, let’s hang out, chat, and play League some more! Thank you and much love Justin!
Theodore - Dude you are so much more funny than I would have ever expected. I’m so glad we got to see the part of Theodore at TAF that I felt like was hidden away last year. I will honestly NEVER forget the “I can’t, I can’t” line. It was really amazing and it came out of nowhere when were practicing our cheer and I couldn’t believe it. It was so funny but I was like, “WHAT?! WHERE DID THAT COME FROM!?” and when you said it in front of the entire program every one just CRACKED UP. It was all you! Plus everyone got a crack out of you doing Psy’s “Gentleman.” You’re really good at that! I think that opened you up and allowed you to share more in small group, and I’m really glad that happened. I hope we get to see more of your humor and more of you at TAF down the road. Until then I hope we can just hang out and chill because you honestly make me a happier person. You’re the best Theodore, and I mean that with all my love!
Tiffany - I always have to remind myself that it’s your first year in Youth because you seem so mature. Plus I don’t think it’s very common for first year youth camper to be a coordinator. But the Mickey’s Posse was really, really awesome, and the dance you and Dorothy did was really great. I’m so happy that you and Dorothy got a chance to coordinate swing choir together before she left for college. I want to apologize again for ditching you that night it was thunder-storming. I honestly had no idea you weren’t with the group, but I hope going back to get you made up for it! I’m really glad that I could help you clarify speaker sessions to better form your own ethics and values. It was really nice to have you there to affirm me, to know that it was helpful to you was really important to me. You’re always so fun and happy and jumpy and it was really cool to see a different side of you in small group. I will hopefully send you a necklace sometime soon, it might not be brown though, depends on what I can find. I hope that’s okay, the important thing is that it will be a gift of love! Nonetheless, thank you for making my TAF so memorable this year.
I always try to extend my TAF experience beyond just staff or small group, and I wanted to recognize some of the people that made it so special.
As always there are gears to TAF that operate before it even begins, that make it possible for everyone. It really starts from the Board. I want to thank Bob Lin for always supporting and recognizing my work during our cherished conversations together, and for his service as president these last years. I love how caring and active Dave Chiou is through the week, caring not only for his children, but the entire program. I want to thank Alex Yang for coming into our staff meeting and introducing himself to each of us and making an effort to connect with staff. I love Spencer Chen’s cooking, humor, and approach to life, he talked about playing a round of golf with everyone during the water fight and invited me, which was very nice. It’s amazing the sacrifice and dedication HoChie Tsai gives to the TAF and the Taiwanese American community, it’s something I really admire. He will always be a role model for me. I also want to recognize Jessica Fu for the great work she’s done over the last two years. As I delve deeper into the TAF experience and see more and more how the sausage is made and the more I grow to appreciate and admire the work of an ED. She’s a truly remarkable person and I’m glad she can put all the time and energy freed from TAF into her wedding. Congrats again on your engagement!
Thanks to all of TAFLabs, especially Kev Yau and Jon Lee two of my closest friends and mentors. They come back every year, are active on the board, and do such amazing work cataloging the experience of TAF and showing it to the world. I don’t know what I would do without you guys and I don’t know where TAF would be without your leadership. Harmony, Dan, and Anna. Thank you guys for your work and for connecting with me through the week! Thank you to Stanley and Andrew for coming out all the way from Taiwan and sharing their sense of humor and joy with us!
Huge shout-out to Karena Lin. While I was lucky enough to stay decently healthy through the week, I know there were WAY MORE TAFers this year and that there were more people who were feeling under the weather than in the past, but she still PA’ed the juniors program and gave medical aide to everyone at TAF. Karena’s one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and always so caring wherever she goes and whatever she’s doing. She definitely had one of the hardest jobs at TAF this year and did it all with a smile on her face.
Cheers to Bettina Chang for finishing her last year as JH PD. I’m glad we got to spend a lot of time together and hang out. We are both very authoritative people apparently, and we bonded over that. Thank you for letting me crash at your place, getting coffee with me, and all the nice conversations. And to all the JH staff that I got to reconnect with. Allen Yu, Josh Chang, Bing Wang, Joy Hua, Kristen Wang, Jason Yeh, Alison Yeh, Nicole Liu, Victor Wang, Alicia Shiue, Tech with a K Kuo, and Bronson Chien. Most of these guys were youth campers last year, and they jumped in without any experience and did a better job than I ever could. Some of them I’m very close with and it’s really awesome to see what kind of people they are now compared to who they were just two, three years ago. They were full of energy throughout the week and made a huge impact on a lot of campers, so I’m super proud to have been able to work with them.
To Ryan Yang and Tiffany Wu, our partner crabs in crime! They are great small group leaders for JH and so fun to be around. I’ve actually been blessed to be in the same family with Ryan for two years now and he just gets better and better, which I didn’t think was possible. Tiffany was actually in my first small group ever, and to see her in an advisor role, which she’s perfect for, was a little intimidating at first. It made me feel old! But nothing made me more proud than seeing her lead her small group in activities and laughs, it was really amazing. Thank you guys! I didn’t get a chance to connect with every one of the Doors, but a big hug for Alayna Wong who is just the most awesome person I’ve ever met. She’s super strong and super sweet and just the best. I can’t wait for her to be in Youth next year, and to have her in my small group. She’s the reason why I want to go back, mostly because we have to meet up and she has to return my bracelet.
I didn’t really get to hang out with all of Juniors staff. I hold tremendous respect for Sherry Lin and Steve Hsieh; they are so dang great with kids and I hope they find ways to continue to serve. I’m really glad I got to hang out with Johnny, April, Jessica, Jasmine, Erica, and Travis to some extent during and after TAF. They are all so amazing. Like, I can’t emphasize this enough. Juniors staff was REALLY amazing this year, it takes a special type of person to do Juniors and the staff executed the program to perfection, from top down. They did such a great job and will continue to be really strong with such great staff continuing in the future.
I’m glad I got to hang out with Jeremy Chen before, during, and after TAF. His guidance is so important to me and I wanted to appreciate him for all the advice he’s given me, the words he shares with me, his humor, and the patience he shows to me. Thank you dude!
I wanted to thank Nathan Willems for spending the time to work with us this week at TAF. He is, by far and beyond, the most dedicated speaker I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. From chaperoning the bus to participating in near EVERY activity, he gave his body, mind and soul to be with the Youth program and cater to our needs. Beyond his words and sessions, his sacrifice is what I’ll always remember and aspire to. He was never hesitant to take criticism, to learn, to be open, to share, and to be supportive and to be adaptive. Thank you so much for all the work you put in this week.
The Youth Program is one of my driving passions, and I really wanted to connect to every camper this year and I was SO CLOSE. I don’t think I got the chance to really connect with Ching Lan and Allison Chang. Sorry guys! I hope I get the chance in the future! The first camper I met (coordinators not withstanding) was Sean Lu. Thank you for hanging out with me! I hope TAF made a positive impact and I hope you tell everyone who went to TANG about it! I remember going up to Alice Pen right before “Ride That Pony” on Sunday night, and her not remembering my name. Sad. But she introduced me to Andrew Pen and it was really great to get the opportunity to hang out with the Pen family (I even got to see Alex during the weekend!) Apparently Alice writes really well. You’re gonna have to share that with me sometime soon! Andrew always comes up to me to strike a conversation and whenever people do that, I’m really happy. So thank you for taking the initiative Andrew! Forgotten names and all, I actually didn’t recognize Jessica Hung and confused her with someone because she looked so different from when we hung out in JH. Sorry! I always remember Jessica was really energetic in JH and it was really great to see her carry that over to Youth. Shout out to Nini Tseng, I think we got to talking around Sunday morning at the end of TAF, so it was really late, but we got there! Best of luck at 台大 next year! I’m really glad we got to hang out. I hope to remember Melissa Chao, Kristi Lin and Winnie Wu talking to me in the little cafe after TAF Night. Melissa was one of my campers and it’s always nice to connect with her. She never really got to tell me about Washington though! Kristi is the most real person I know. She tells me the truth straight and that’s awesome. Winnie is really fun and quirky and I’m glad I got to meet her. That night was also the night Alex Hong added me on Facebook because I pestered him to do so. I actually found out that his sister and I went on this little adventure called Loveboat back in 2008. Small world! I’m glad I got to hang out with Kenny Hsiao. He’s really good at basketball. He tried to sneak out into another boy’s room after light’s out and got caught not only once by me, but stayed and got caught by Ming after. Weak. Henry Liu is really good at football. That’s really awesome. HE IS A CORNERBACK. IT IS CONFIRMED. He was really funny in swing choir. That’s what I’ll remember him by. Vinson Chu always takes the initiative. He tried really hard to get Jeremy Lin to come to TAF and he has people sign these playing cards to remember TAF, it’s really cool. I’m glad he came back. He and Cathleen Hua are the only people from last year’s small group to come back. So it’s a really intimate family. But I’m really glad I got to hang out with Cathleen again. She’s one of my favorite people in the world that I always want to spend more time with. She is truly special and did a great job on group games. Jarrell Ku aka 50 Centromere was her partner in crime and also did a really good job. He’s grown so much, in every sense of the word, since I first met him. I constantly tease him about Michelle Hsu, but he’s always a good sport about it. Thank you for being so cool. He also stepped up and worked with Colleena and Ellery Wong at TAF Night. Ellery is one of those people that I can trust to tell it to me straight. She’s still as sassy as she was back in JH but she’s a lot more confident and is always upfront and straightforward with me. She is one of my best friends and I’m glad she’s always been there at TAF. I will remember Jonathan Hwang for losing his phone, but I’m glad he got to be reunited with it. He’s really funny if you get to talk to him, and doesn’t act his height ’cause he’s real sweet. Tiffany and Dorothy Teng did a really good job on their swing choir. Dorothy and Reggie Lin are also some of my first campers and to think they’re going to college is really scary for me. I’m scared of being old. Like Alex Yang. Or Karen. Or Ming. anyone else that’s really old. Reggie, as always, is really cool. I’ll always hold on to the days when I could give him a ride on my shoulders. Dorothy is always so smiley, happy, and funny. And we share a passion for great Kpop. So does Kenny Chen. I will always remember when Jason laughed at the two of us for having a conversation about Kpop. It’s okay. Kpop is amazing. Kenny did a great job coordinating swing choir with Jessica Ma. Jessica is one of the people that always tries to keep in touch with me. I’m glad that when we took a TAF wide photo right before the water fight that she wanted to ride on my shoulders. Really honored. Too bad all the PD’s and Labs sprayed us with water. Ryan Chiou was a great Simba, and did a really good job with Josiah Eng during their annual family performance. It was, as always, really cool. Ryan’s stories in ID will always stick with me. He’s such a great person and I wanted him to know that. Josiah, as always, can be a bit of a trouble maker and will never go to bed, but it’s always in good fun. I never got to tuck Mitchell Sun in, which was a bit disappointing. Until next year! Ethan Lang is also a bit of a lights out trouble maker. He actually didn’t have his luggage the first day so I guess it was hard for him to go to bed, but he got it later and was better by the end of the week. On the last day of swing choir practice Tiffany Barnett and Cynthia Diep were lined up right next to me and the closing of swing choir had them charge towards the front of the stage so they were always running towards me and joking around when they did. That’s a really nice memory and I’m glad I got to hang out with them. Jeff Lin, Josh Lee, and Kyleen Jan did a great job on rule #3. Apparently they woke up early everyday and spent time to work on it. That’s really impressive. I’m glad I got to talk to Jeff, he’s a really cool person. I think Josh shrunk this year. He’s not as big as when I had him in JH. I don’t know. I’m glad he’s been inspired to be a coordinator next year. Kyleen is almost a bit too cool. I’m glad we could talk and I’m glad she could share with me. She’s one of my biggest inspirations. Andrew Huang, Maria Lee, and Jonathan Liu are these trio of friends that are way smarter and think about things way deeper than anyone else I know. Andrew and I got to connect through the week and I’m glad we could share in our troubles. I remember when soccer was his thing, and now it’s guitar and college. Just goes to show how much time has gone by. Jonathan is one chill villain. I dunno, he tells it to me with a straight face on. Unless he’s like really hyper and active, fun and crazy. He scares me sometimes. In a good way. Maria is just all energy, really cool, and really fun to hang out with. I’m glad she came back for her last year of TAF. She’s truly special. I will always remember that Sean Wan is from Palatine, Illinois. I had lunch with him when our small groups went on a group date, he’s a super cool dude. Same with Brian Chu, I was teasing him one night and he just took it like a champ and deflected it. Super strong. Glad I got hang out with Curtis Fang, he’s just a really good and chill dude. I actually had no idea he was related to Elena Fang and Harrison Fang. I’m really glad I got to hang out with Elena throughout the week. She was my flexible buddy, my ID buddy, AND my walking buddy. She is always so smiley and happy and she makes me feel better about everything. I will always remember Matthew de la Paz was one of the most helpful campers this year. He always helped out whenever we asked. So thanks for that Matt! Same with Jonathan Sun. He’s also really helpful whenever we ask. This is the first time he performed his yo-yo’s by himself and he did a really good job. I’m really glad that Adam Chen came to TAF all the way from Taiwan. Language was a barrier but he always pushed through and tried his best. That was really amazing. Willy Chen though, not so much. He’s way too sassy. Although I did get to Facetime with Jessalyn because of Willy, because she was Willy’s tafcrush. CUTE. Erica Yu and Melinda Lai were the best safari explorers of the year! Erica has the best laugh in the world. Seriously. Go hear it some time. Also ask her about Koala’s standing. Melinda and I played this game where we were trying to find out camper’s advisor counterparts and we came up with Pamela and now that’s all I think about. But seriously, Melinda is one of the coolest people. At night after coordinator meetings I think she just starts to wear a towel or some really comfy blanket and just walks around. It’s amazing. I’m glad I got to hang out with Kristen Lee, she is super sweet, super strong, and super amazing of a person. For whatever reason I will always think of Curtis Lee during swing choir, I felt like he was all over the place and always made his presence felt. It’s weird. I know. It’s just what I think of when I think of Curtis. I’m glad I got to share a meal with Sielawk Wong. He’s a SUPER talented artist. If you haven’t seen his art, definitely go check it out. Vivian Chen is my kitty in crime. She’s the best, cutest kitty in the whole world! Julie Lai is crazy. From when I met her the first Sunday of TAF until the minute she left, she always had energy on top of energy on top of energy. If she’s eating candy, make sure you slap it out of her hand. The only person who could rival her is Andrea Lin. She is all over the place with energy, and always asks me about my life. She took my phone and updated a slightly inappropriate Facebook status on Saturday with Cindy Lin and Jessica Ma. Cynthia was really good with choir this week, she’s really mature and thoughtful and I’m so happy with the song she chose (see the blogpost title). I’m really glad to hang out with Jesse Kao through the week, he was all over the place and we never got to sit down and talk, but he’s one of the most mature 18 year old people you’ll ever meet and it was really nice to see him take a leadership role this year! The same could be said about Jocelyn Liang. She’s one of the few campers who decided to go to the College workshop (along with Sielawk and Eric). How mature is that? She’s always been the most observant and thoughtful people I know and I’m really excited for her first year at UIUC. Last but not least, shout out to Matthew Lin for being super cool, even when I bug him and hold weird eye contact with him (which he holds back.) Hsing Louh is the most caring and sensitive person I know. He thanked me for cheering the campers on during swing choir practice, thanked me for doing something nice and thoughtful. It’s really nice to hear words of affirmation like that from a camper. We hear overarching big things at the end of the week but for him to come up to me whenever he sees something means a lot to me, so thank you Hsing for doing all that you do. Erin Lin for whatever reason always thought it was weird that I talked to her or cared about her in the past. I think she finally trusted me this year! That was really great. I’m really happy she could share with me and more importantly that I could share with her. She’s such a brave and strong person and I’m super proud of her. Allison Liu and I keep in touch over the years she’s been gone and to finally get to hang out with her is really awesome. She’s really cool, has grown up a lot, and is stronger than ever. Best of luck in Philly!
I hope I’m not forgetting anyone in Youth or in TAF in general. Even if I am, you guys are really special to me and I love you all! Thank you for a great year and I’ll see you next year!