• Nora Sun

Tags: Duke, low income

Institution: Duke University

Study: Major in physics and computer science

High School Experience

I really enjoyed my high school experience! I was always busy going to work, running cross country/track, going to clubs, playing in the orchestra, and spending time with friends. I'm really shy, but I made some great, quality friends through my activities that helped me open up. Really the only thing I didn't like was how tedious and boring classes could be sometimes. Or the bathrooms, they were so dirty haha!

Course choices

I really love science and stuff, so I ended up straying towards STEM stuff, taking AP Physics and AP Chem. I also love writing, so I took AP Lang and Lit too.


I took AP classes, like Psych, Physics 1, Human Geo, APES, and Lang (I got a 5 on all except Physics). I took Physics 2, Calculus, Lit, and Chem this year.


4.4837 weighted

Standardized Testing

SAT: 1420

ACT: 33


I just like being around interesting people, so I did a bunch of stuff. I ran Varsity Cross Country and Track, and I was in Math Club, International Club, NHS, National Technical Honor Society, Key Club, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and TSA. I was an officer in NHS and Tri-M, and I did all these clubs for 3 years.


My relationships with my teachers who recommended me were great! I chose the teachers that I actually would talk to as like people you know.


For my essays, I really wrote about the diversity of my upbringing and the work I did managing school and athletics while growing up in a low income household. It was a really good opportunity to reflect on my life and myself.


I think my management of everything going on in my life made me a strong applicant. In my essays, I described what my life means to me, how being adopted shaped my life goals, and how embracing the struggle allowed me to contribute to my family during times of struggle.


I would advise people to really think about their life, who they are, and what the people and things in their life mean to them. When you really start to feel the significance of imperfection that comes with life, you begin to understand what drives and affects you. When you start to understand that, you can do anything!


Low income


I chose Duke because it is an excellent blend of academics, athletics, and extracurricular activities. I felt like I would grow the most here.

#Duke #low_income

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