• Nora Sun

Tags: Stanford

Institution: Stanford University

Study: Major in computer science

High School Experience

I went to school in a suburban upper middle class environment outside of Houston, Texas. My school is relatively competitive, and I liked being at a school with so many well-funded opportunities. I also liked how my school was really diverse with pretty much all of my friends having parents that grew up in other countries. What I found challenging was the conservatism of the community and how it made conversations about race and class rly hard to come by in the classroom. A parent got “The Hate U Give,” a book about a black teen’s encounter with police brutality banned from libraries in my school district because it had “curse words in it” which we all know is not the real reason. And when racist incidents occurred on campus, the administration brushed it off. I was accused of lying by an administrator when I came forward about a racist incident. Someone said I’d only get into Stanford because I’m black. Knowing that some people resent you for your success can make you less confident to speak up in the classroom, compete in certain activities, or take advantage of opportunities because you may start to internalize those feelings of inadequacy But I’ve learned that at the end of the day ppl that resent minorities for their success are typically experiencing insecurity themselves and are looking for someone to blame for their unfavorable outcomes.


AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP World History, AP US History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Literature, AP Language, AP Spanish Language, AP Physics, AP Government, AP Psychology, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Computer Science


Standardized Testing

SAT: 1580

SAT Math 2: 800

SAT Chemistry: 780

SAT US History: 770


I did debate, community service, and cultural activities for 3 or 4 years each.


I asked my favorite teachers to write recommendations.


I didn’t have a theme and so each essay was just something new about my interests. Or personality. I think what may have helped me was the humor in my essays and how I portrayed as many different sides of myself as possible through writing.



I’d advise others to go for things they think they won’t be good at because the worst that can happen is someone says no. The easiest way to get rejected is to not apply.





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