Meet Tamyra: A Dorson Scholar

Meet Tamyra! She has a lot to say, and enjoys making people laugh. Tamyra is passionate about her music and her band. Check out her Q&A!

What are some of your hobbies?

Reading, writing, playing my instruments, and drawing.

What genre of music do you like?

Pop rock/pop punk/Alternative

What is your favorite movie?

This Is the End

Who is your favorite actor/artist/celebrity? Why?

Matthew Gray Gubler is my favorite actor for a number of reasons. He's a great actor, he's in one of my favorite shows, he's a kindhearted person, he's full of positivity and he's really funny.

If you use social media, which is your most preferred?

Twitter and Tik Tok

Cake or ice cream?

Ice cream cake.

Would you like to live to 100? Why or why not?

That would be fun but only if my friends live that long too. I wouldn't want to go on adventures without them. But living to 100 would give me the chance to see how the world changes over time and I think I'd really like to see that. So yes, I would.

If you won 1 million dollars today, what would you do with it?

Invest in stocks to get more money. I'd also spend some at Hot Topic. I'd also get my brother something cool for his birthday. The rest of what I don't spend could go towards college and things for my family.

If you could choose a superpower, what would you choose?

Shape shifting would be cool. I could change small parts of me (physically obviously) or I could become a completely different person. The possibilities are endless. I could become taller, get longer hair, robotic arms, an animal, a mythical creature, and so much more. It really just means that I can be anyone other than me and that's cool.

Who/What is your inspiration? Why?

As crazy as it may sound, Lucifer is my inspiration (and I mean the TV show Lucifer, not the actual devil). He lives by his motto of not letting others define who you are and I think that that's something I need to hear. He lives his best life and he tries his best to never let anyone stop him from doing that. I think that that's something that I would want to do (I don't have the confidence for that yet but I'm working on it).

If you could send a message to your 30 year old self, what would it be?

Stay positive and please love yourself.

What are your three greatest takeaways from the Dorson Scholars Program after completing year one?

  1. Talking to people is the best way to get what you want.

  2. You have to advocate for yourself because no one else will.

  3. There are different opportunities for us as young as we are. We should take advantage of that.

You’ve been balancing the Dorson Scholars Program with your band. How has that experience been for you?

It's not super difficult. The only tiny little problem is that sometimes classes are scheduled on concert days and I'm forced to choose between the two and that's super hard (our previous Winter Concert was on a class day and I sadly missed my concert).

How did the sudden changes with your band due to COVID affect you? Did you notice any changes in your day-to-day operations? What kind of changes?

I became a very, very, very sad person. Sure, I can still play my instruments at home. But I never actually get the chance to play as people are always sleeping and I didn't want to wake them up. Being in the band room is different than playing at home and I really miss playing in the band room. I wouldn't say that there were any changes in the day-to-day operations other than me not playing any music (this is why I learned piano virtually. It was quiet and I could use headphones).

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