• Nora Sun

Tags: MIT

Institution: MIT

Study: Double major in psychology and mathematics

High School Experience

I really liked my high school experience. I got really close with a tight knit group of friends, took accelerated classes, and was able to balance a good academic and social life (even if the social side was small). Ultimately, not too much to complain about.


I am highly interested in mathematics and philosophy and hope to pursue these at university. I did not take AP/IB classes, but rather took some at the local community college. I graduated with an associate degree for transfer in mathematics



Standardized Testing

SAT: 1440

SAT Math 2: 800

SAT Physics: ~600


I participated in academic decathlon and was team captain: leading meetings, discussion, and reading sessions. I was also a tutor at the college I graduated from.


My relationships were great. One of my recommendations was from a teacher I tutored for, and she was also my academic decathlon coach. Overall, pretty close.


I had a few key points to hit on in my essays including:

a) my passion for maths and how I got there/what I want to do next

b) growing into my identity as a part of the LGBT+ community

c) living/dealing with a disability

d) growing up low income


I think the strongest part of my application was being able to show how I was passionate about mathematics. I'd highly encourage new applicants to find ways/express the passion for the field they wish to go into, and continue fostering your wonder for the subject.


For other applicants, I would say show colleges who you are and really accentuate your strengths.


Living/dealing with a disability, growing up low income


#MIT #low_income

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