After joining the Ledger two years ago as an intern from Baruch College, Tsang soon landed a full-time job as a reporter and editor, covering all corners of Queens and parts of Brooklyn where she has encountered all sorts of locals from veterans to civic leaders.
But now, Tsang is ready for something different. As she departs the Ledger, she has one thing on her mind: to make an even more direct impact on people.
“I want to volunteer more and do more good,” she said. “As a journalist you write about people doing amazing things. Rather than write about it, I want to start to do it as well.”
As much as she enjoys journalism's platform which allowed her to listen to and share the stories of people, she now has her sights set on spending more quality time on things she's passionate about. She wants to lend her time helping seniors, animals and veterans.
It's safe to say that Tsang, 22, is exploring her options and figuring out what will ultimately fulfill her. She started as a business major at Baruch College, but then switched to journalism. Now her course is changing again and it's something she feels she's ready for.
Throwing caution to the wind as she puts down the pen and pad, her first plan is to walk to the senior center near her home in Flushing and volunteer her time.
“To be a great journalist, your heart has to be in it … I want to make a more direct impact,” she said. “There's a shortage of people who want to give their time freely and it's necessary.”
Within the next few years, Tsang sees herself starting a nonprofit or even teaching elementary education. She would also like to travel but for now she will remain in Queens.
“I've lived here all my life but I didn't really know the borough. You don't know Queens until you start covering it. I've met amazing people and I've been inspired by those people.”