Engineering the Future
A Better World
When DHZH Student Ethan Sun was growing up like any other child in a big city, he was fascinated by the magnificent skyscrapers and bridges around him. Watching documentaries that focused on engineering marvels from all around the world, helped form his passion for Civil Engineering. “I was astonished when I learned about the ingenious engineering designs that lay behind those buildings,” said Ethan.
Ethan has taken that early enthusiasm for Civil Engineering and now uses the power of social networking to follow the developments of engineering in other fields. He has followed many major projects including the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge project, which came in handy when researching for an extended essay in his school work.
During the last application season Ethan took his passion, which has been nurtured here at DHZH, and applied to some of the best universities in the world. DHZH is proud that Ethan has received conditional offers from many of the top universities including in the UK: Manchester, Imperial and Nottingham. He has also done very well in the US where he has been accepted by Illinois, Urbana Champaign, Northeastern, University of California, Los Angeles, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Tech and most recently University of California, Berkeley.
University of California,Berkeley is often cited as the top public university in the United States and around the world, as well as being a founding member of the Association of American Universities. The ‘Times Higher Education World University Rankings’ rated Berkeley as one of six university brands that lead in world reputation rankings in 2016. They pride themselves on the number of acclaimed faculty, alumni, and researchers that have made an impact on the world, not least accumulating 90 Nobel Prizes and 117 Olympic gold medals.
“My mother used to tell me that education enriches the opportunities that you come upon in your life. Now I realize what she means. I'm glad that my effort over the past few years has paid off. Dulwich has not only provided me with the resources for me to make strides in academics, but also the environment in which I can pursue my own hobbies and develop myself to become well-rounded. Unlike the application to UK universities, US universities also emphasize your achievements out of class,” said Ethan.
Ethan is thankful to his family for all that they have done for him. “My family has always shown great support in my decisions, especially as I have grown older. They encourage me to pursue my interests.” This includes his aunt, who is a civil engineer in Shanghai, and often gives him updates about interesting things in her job.
At DHZH, gaining entry to the top universities is the goal for our students; Ethan has thrived at the sciences but thinks other subjects have also aided his application. “I believe studying Economics also benefited me, as it offered a brand-new perspective. I learned how to look at all sides of a problem, and to evaluate it thoroughly. Modern day engineering focuses on cost-saving and sustainable development, so economics can contribute a lot. It could have been the difference between me and another student who purely studied engineering.”
Ethan is fully on track to achieving his goals and becoming a Civil Engineer although he is still not sure where this will lead him. “It is a broad field, and I don't want to be too limited at this point, so I haven't decided which area I will focus on.” He is keeping a constant eye on the future and trends in Civil Engineering and thinks, “There's a growing need for future buildings to be more sustainable. I really hope that I can be involved in such innovative projects in my career.”
Good Luck Ethan.