In the Light: On Tim Tang

Colgate senior On Tim Tang, who was born in Singapore and moved to Hong Kong when she was 3, has spent her summers in both Hong Kong and in the United States. She has also traveled off-campus to New Mexico through Colgate’s SRS Program and studied for a semester in Washington, D.C. on the Political Science program. 

Her summers in Hong Kong and the United States have allowed Tang to grow as a person. 

“In the summer after my first-year, I taught at Summerbridge Hong Kong, an intensive English-language summer immersion program for local youth from underprivileged backgrounds. During that summer, I got to fight my fear of public speaking, and I became good friends with the other teachers, many of whom also go to college in the United States,” Tang said.

Tang has also worked as a student

paralegal at the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York and for a think tank, the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.

Tang, a Political Science and International Relations concentrator is very involved on Colgate’s campus. 

“I have been involved with Class Council since my first year, and I am serving as the Senior Class President this year. I am also a Peer Advisor at the Office of Off-Campus Study,” Tang said.

Aside from her majors, Tang has developed an interest in poetry thanks to an Introduction to Poetry class that she took, taught by Olive B. Fellowship Recipient in Creative Writing Javier Zamora. 

“I learned to process and unpack my identity and feelings in writing. I also read incredible poetry from writers I had never been exposed to,” Tang said.

Tang also urges first-years to seek help from the available people and places when needed. 

“There are many people at Colgate who are invested in helping you succeed, be it summer funding, the writing center or tutors. Never hesitate to reach for these resources,” Tang said.

Lastly, Tang would hope to revise the campus’s busy calendar.

“I think a campus-wide scheduled free day once a month would be helpful, so that everybody has the chance to take a breather,” Tang said.

After Colgate, Tang hopes to stay in the United States and go into consulting

or sales.