We had the good fortune of connecting with Tiana Lee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tiana, what do you attribute your success to?
One of most influential factors in my success would probably be my perseverance and self-passion. It is something that was embedded in me at a very young age from my parents. Although I was given the necessary tools to succeed, I had to fully utilize all my resources and put in the time and effort if I wanted to be successful in that area. Another thing that I believe is a determining factor is one’s success is inner passion; also known as the flame that forms inside of you to keep going.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I believe something that sets me apart is how versatile and unique my abilities are. I am most proud of my recent college graduation. 4 years of hard work paid off and now I can proudly say that I have a B.A in Psychology. Currently, I have 2 degrees one in Psychology and the other in Piano; countless hours of hard work were put in to achieve these and I couldn’t be happier! College is one of the most memorable times as well as difficult. Trying to juggle my studies, job, social life and much more was one of the hardest and rewarding experiences. It allowed me to have impeccable scheduling tools and great experiences. I also am coming up on almost 50k followers on Instagram which is such a crazy number to think about since I started my account back in 2013. Sharing my life and story online has been something I have been very passionate about and grateful that I will have a forever photo album I can keep. The experiences and friends I met through networking are unforgettable. To achieve all of my accolades by the age of 22 is humbling and reminds me daily to never stop believing in myself and to also have passion and commitment. What I have realized growing up is that there will always be sacrifices and you have to pick your battles wisely. Growing up I didn’t have the normal childhood of always hanging out with my friends or going to movies. That time was spent either studying or practicing figure skating or piano. Looking back, I do not regret anything and I’m glad that my mother pushed and encouraged me to pursue figure skating and piano. I would like people to remember me for being a hard-worker and a loyal friend that will always be there.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ooh this is a great question! I would love to take them to all access lease of San Diego. I live in the North County so it is nice to have a laid back style in the big city. First I would show them around downtown and all the great parks and museums we have downtown. Balboa Park is a stable to see all the unique architecture and fun street performers. Then, for a late lunch I would bring them to Clairemont for some dim sum and the best tasting asian foods. We would then have a desert break at either Somi Somi or get some shaved ice at Tea Station. On another day I would like to take them to La Jolla cove to see the cute seals and breathtaking views. La Jolla has many great cafes to eat at so there are many options. I think Panakin is a great option for anyone who loves coffee and pastries. For a great day trip Pacific Beach would be fun to walk around, bike, or paddle board. A day on the water would be unforgettable and to end it a bite at Hodads for the biggest burgers. To end the trip a night out a Gaslamp is a must for anyone visiting San Diego who wants to experience the great nightlife! I personally like Omnia with the rooftop views and Spin for the house music. If you get a chance to experience any of these activities it’ll be a great San Diego experience.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would love to give a shoutout to my parents for always supporting me whether it be my school or extracurricular activities. They always instilled strong morals for me and have given me the necessary tools for success. Second, I would like to thank my piano teacher Ms. Pik. I’ve taken lessons with her for over 12 years and she has not only guided me through my piano studies; but she has given me valuable advice and encouragement that spans throughout every aspect of my life. Lastly, I would like to thank my all my close friends for not only giving me encouragement, but support in the hardest times. My friends not only give me great memories, but they are always by when I need to express feelings of sorrow or happiness.