Extraordinary Engineer: Angela Sun

Angela Sun

Angela Sun

Suwanee, GA

High School
Northview High School

Biochemical Engineering

Expected Graduation
May 2026

What is your favorite thing about being a student at UGA?

My favorite thing about being a student at UGA is the people! I’m blessed to be able to surround myself with these amazing individuals who inspire me every single day and encourage me to strive to become the best version of myself.

Angela and friends standing in front of fountainWhy did you choose engineering?

I chose engineering because I wanted to challenge myself to be able to do more for my community. I always knew I would go into STEM in general, since there are endless opportunities within the field, but engineering stood out because it offered such a unique blend of problem-solving and innovation compared to other STEM degrees.

Why is it important for the university to have a diverse community?

It’s important for the university to have a diverse community so that everyone can feel that sense of belonging. Nobody deserves to feel isolated because of their race and/or culture, and each should be something that is celebrated!

What has been the greatest challenge you have faced while at UGA, and how did you overcome it?

The greatest challenge I have faced while at UGA was probably going through the New Member Process for my sorority, while taking some of my major-specific classes during my sophomore year. At the time, balancing and doing well in both seemed super overwhelming, especially since I was set to apply to the engineering college later that academic year. During that time, however, I learned how to really manage my time well and how to manage my stress, as well as how I could stay organized. I used those skills to slowly overcome whatever obstacles were thrown at me, and essentially did my best to stay on top of everything, while keeping a positive mindset!

Group of students behind giant letters spelling "SASE"

What have you learned that has made a difference for you?

I’ve learned that having a positive mindset really takes you a long way. There is something about being optimistic that makes even the most monumental tasks and challenges seem possible, and ever since I began to switch gears from a more pessimistic mindset, I’ve been able to see positive changes in my disposition and motivation!

Who has helped you become a successful student at UGA?

Her name is Livia, and she actually works in the DEI department for the College of Engineering! I’ve known her for a bit before she began working for the college, and to this day, she remains someone I can truly rely on. I know I can always turn to her whenever I need some advice or just someone to talk to, and she’s taught me a lot about how I want to portray myself as an individual. She is definitely someone I look up to and someone who has helped me succeed as a student!

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus has to be Founder’s Memorial Garden. It’s such a beautiful place to walk through, especially during the spring. After a particularly difficult week, I find that walking through this area also helps to clear my mind and de-stress.

Students sitting and smiling in auditiorium

What has been your favorite class at UGA?

ENGR 1120, the Inventor class with Mr. Wineland! That class has fulfilled my desire to learn the basics of 3D modeling, and to this day, I’m still able to apply what I’ve learned to complete some of my personal projects.

What has been your best memory at UGA?

My best memory at UGA was probably when I got my two cats. I plan to eventually harness train them and walk them around campus one day.

What advice do you have for younger students who wish to pursue engineering?

It’ll be difficult, and you will meet obstacles that you won’t know how to overcome. However, part of the experience is learning how to overcome those challenges and learning to grow from them. Just remember to be kind to yourself and know that you are never alone in your struggles. There are so many people and resources who are willing to help you out, and all you have to do is take the first step to ask!

How do you hope to impact society with your engineering degree?

I hope to inspire others, just as others have inspired me to want to do more for my community. I also hope to be able to contribute to the research and creation of new, innovative solutions that will impact environmental sustainability, no matter how small that contribution may be to the bigger picture.

Join a cutting-edge engineering program at a time-honored university

Apply Today Make A Gift