Gary Sun ’22

Boarding Student, Shenzhen, China

Gary Sun poses for his headshot during the "Annual Head Tour Guide Photoshoot" outside the Chapel on Sep. 13, 2021.

What are you involved in at CA?

I’m a cohead of Poetry club and History Club, a tenor in CA Singers, and play on Varsity Squash!

Why did you choose CA?

I was immediately hooked by the idea of Common Trust that CA upholds, and I really appreciated how CA is such a small and tightly bonded community that brings warmth to each member. For an international student like myself, being away from home was always daunting at first. Nothing was more reassuring to the 14-year-old me than a second home where I’m cared for and supported with love!

How would you describe common trust?

It starts with putting bags wherever on campus without worrying it’ll be lost; and you see it whenever your friend and teacher help you out with any obstacle in school and in life. In essence, it’s a spirit all of us have: that we believe each person in this school will extend the greatest kindness, support and goodwill for no reason. (or from another angle, every reason 🙂 )

What is the best class you’ve taken at CA and why?

I can’t say there’s just one best class, but one example would be Claire’s research seminar on modern US conservatism. What this class offers is rich in detail and it really helps someone like me who’s out of context for US politics to understand another face of America. The class also does its best to be unbiased and investigative, and all of us were able to learn without any stigma, which is a something I love about CA.

What is your favorite boarding memory or tradition?

It’s not even something big: just grabbing a bowl of house food made by your generous house parents on a Saturday, sitting on the sofa with your friends while watching an NBA game is a sublime memory I’ll never forget.

What is on your CA Bucket list?

Here are some: Give a chapel (will happen!); dominate the stir fry bar (I’m very close); picnic with friends at Walden Pond on a Saturday afternoon.

What advice would you give to prospective students?

Always ask for help when you need it, no need to be shy. Everybody is out there willing to help you, whether it’s a math problem you can’t solve or late night melancholy you want to get out of. We are all here for you.

Share a moment where you knew you belonged at CA.

Every time we played another school’s squash team, our co-captains would call out each person’s name, followed by applause and loud cheers from people watching, even though they don’t know me well at all. Wearing the school uniform, the consciousness of representing this community and being supported unconditionally suddenly occupies my mind, and I’m given a purpose to play hard on court.