• Nora Sun

Tags: UC Berkeley, first generation

Institution: UC Berkeley

Study: Major in biochemistry and business, minor in ethnic studies

High School Experience

My high school experience was pretty good up until the very end. COVID ruined that. I had couple regrets too: I'm bisexual, and I’ve always wanted to have a kind of Love, Simon high school life. I liked that I studied and got good grades, I didn’t like the fact that I didn’t take any risks and I didn’t attend many parties and I’m also sad that I didn’t continue playing sports. I had an injury but I could've been team manager or another way to be involved.

Course choices

Throughout high school, I was always interested in a broad range of areas of study. However, my main interest resided in the hard sciences - biology, chemistry, etc. It was this innate interest that helped contribute to my passion for medicine, which would eventually transfer to my enrollment at Columbia as a Pre-Med undergraduate planning to major in biochemistry.


Due to a lack of resources, my school had access to a few AP courses and no IB courses. Those of which were taught, I enrolled in, including Government, Calculus AB, World History, and English Language and Composition.


3.83 unweighted

Standardized Testing

SAT composite: 1500

SAT superscore: 1580


I play viola, piano, volleyball, basketball, oil/ acrylic painting, and I volunteer at Aloha medical mission. I had around 5 or 6 each year. I also have a job as a teacher's assistant for mandarin and Japanese immersion program at my school. Since I can speak the three, I became the lead Teacher Assistant in my senior year.


My math teacher was great! He was super knowledgeable and someone I looked up to, my USH teacher was also really nice to me and understanding and we used to chat a lot because she was my friends sister.


I generally wrote about my family background, I have an identical twin brother who I was separated at birth due to my parent’s divorce, he studied in China, while I studied in the U.S. I wrote about how meeting him again after 10 years changed my ambitions and outlook on life. It was mostly about family and a little about my volunteering experiences at aloha medical mission.


I think my essay and grades as well as my perseverance/grit.


I would say to study hard, and never give up, push through the hardships, if you really want something, you can achieve it.


I was a first generation student, parents are divorced.


#UC_Berkeley #First_generation

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