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Sophia Li

My name is Sophia and I am from Toronto, Canada! I am in the class of 2025 and love learning about neuroscience, psychology, and visual arts. In my free time, I love to draw, sleep, dance, and write. I am also obessEd with personality psychology, all things red or pink, and taking pictures of exit signs.

L's Taken


"Thank you for applying but..."

  • UPenn.

  • Student government my freshmen year of high school

  • I'm sure there are others but I can't think of them at the moment because defense mechanisms blocked them out


Things I thought I'd finish but never did

  • Literally every single art piece

  • And writing piece

  • And every single project that isn't for school

  • Anything without a deadline really

  • It's a problem


Everyday L's of life

  • Currently in isolation and have terrible COVID symptoms

  • Often tripping walking UP stairs (and sometimes down)

  • Struggling to open heavy doors ie Wu, Bc, my dorm washroom

  • Forgetting to pay attention when someone is talking to me

  • Forgetting people's names as soon as they are said

  • Running out of food points but there is still two weeks of school left

  • My academic dean not replying to my follow-up follow-up email

  • Under-eye circles that won't go away

On the Bright Side

Memories I made when I wasn't working/studying

Things I've learned that will still matter in 10 years

TV shows, movies, and books I've enjoyed

Things I'm proud of that you won't see on my resume

Things I want to get better at

Things I'm looking forward to in the future


Small joys in my life

  • McDonald's egg and sausage biscuit when I have to be at Gross Hall at 8:30 am

  • CaFe's pistachio gelato

  • The way the light filters through the top of trees

  • Cherry blossoms at Duke

  • Typing in my favourite font

  • The way ink flows from my favourite pens

  • Instrumental strings to calm my nerves before an exam

  • The release of pressure after an exam

  • Trying to guess what a friend might say to say it with/just before them and watching the reaction on their face

  • Re-watching Studio Ghibli movies

  • Paying attention to my surroundings when I am walking

  • Not paying attention and letting my mind drift aimlessly

  • Breathing, existing, being alive

Obstacles I have overcome


Things I've done that pushed me out of my comfort zone

  • Joined debate club

  • Moved-in to Duke on my own

  • Gotten sick for the first time away from my parents and taking care of myself

  • Took a creative writing class

  • Joined a dance group

Failures that seemed like the end of the world back then but don't matter in hindsight

Ways I take care of myself


Unconventional skills

  • The C1 always stops for me :D

  • Do random things left-handed or right-handed depending on the hand I learned it with

  • Not do the reading for writing 101 and still raising my hand at least three times in class

  • Mind-reading (trust me on this)

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