Gary Sun ’22

Boarding Student, Shenzhen, China

What are you involved in at CA?

I love history and English! Aside from academics, I’m a head tour guide; a member of the CA Singers, our advanced choral ensemble; co-head of Poetry Club and History Club; and I play on the boys varsity squash team.

Why did you choose CA?

I knew someone who went to CA before and learned from him about the small and closely connected community of CA, which I was really interested in. When I came down to Concord for a tour and interview, the friendliness and kindness of the admission officers, as well as that of everyone on campus, consolidated my impression of CA, and that’s the moment when I decided, “This is it!” I also liked the depth and breadth of the history curriculum at CA, which has definitely helped me enhance my skills and learn about the past of different parts of the world!

How would you describe common trust?

Common trust is the culture here at CA. It allows trust, respect, and mutual aid to grow in this community, and it allows people to give their backs to each other because they know they are going to be loved for who they are and supported so that they can shine. It’s true camaraderie that is hard to find elsewhere. 

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

I think it would be Topi Dasgupta’s Anthropology and Sociology class, which I took this past fall. The class showered us with comprehensive knowledge to help us understand anthropology and sociology, and it was fantastic for me that we were able to connect theoretical terms to each other as well as to current issues, such as climate change or fairness in education. For me, this class consolidated many ideas I had before and taught me much more; it enabled me to analyze the communities in which I’ve lived from a new academic perspective. It really instructs students to go beyond their duties of learning the concepts and put their ideas to the test as intellectuals and human beings, which is so important for me. 

What is your favorite boarding memory or tradition?

Watching the NBA games on Wednesdays and weekends in Bradford with everybody in Bradford, with a burger in hand.