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Future lawyer earns UUP scholarship


There’s no debating that Ting Ting Tam has built an impressive
résumé both on and off campus.

Tam, a 19-year-old junior from Brooklyn, has been a Discovery Adviser and has worked with the Boys and Girls Club at Binghamton and the Catalysts for Intellectual Capital. She is now an on-campus tutor, a teaching assistant and serves as an SAT instructor for Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. The political science major also is trying to graduate early to go to law school.

“I’ve gotten myself into so many activities that I feel like a headless chicken,” Tam said. “I like volunteering and giving something back.”

Tam recently received a UUP scholarship for her work with a team led by political science Professor David Cingranelli that researched worker rights around the world. She was one of three SUNY students to receive the award.

Liz Rosenberg, professor of English, general literature and rhetoric, suggested that Tam apply for the UUP scholarship.

“Ting Ting is an extraordinary student; she makes teaching a joy,” Rosenberg said. “I think she’s going to help change the world.”

Tam said one of the reasons she decided to attend Binghamton University was the strength of the Debate Team. The payoff: Tam was a member of last year’s team that was top-ranked in the nation and is the captain of this year’s squad.

The experience has helped prepare her for the future, she said.

“I found studying for LSATs was a lot easier because of the skills I learned from debate: reading critically, reading in between the lines, reading for inferences,” she said.

While Tam spends a lot of time looking toward the future, the past shapes many of her outside interests. She enjoys I Love Lucy reruns and the music of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holliday.

“I feel like I’m 60 years old at heart,” she said. “Most people have an inner child; I have an inner older person.”

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Last Updated: 10/14/08