Irena Sun – Physical Therapy
Bio- I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated with my bachelor’s in Sports Medicine from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA. While I was at UOP, I was a Delta Gamma – Delta Epsilon chapter. I love hiking, playing volleyball, and trying new food with friends.
What is your major & what do you plan to do with your major after college? I’m currently in graduate school pursuing my Doctorate of Physical Therapy. I want to specialize in pediatric physical therapy, but I also have dreams of someday doing medical missions in Third World countries.
Why are you pursuing a degree in science? Science changes people’s lives! I am super passionate about helping people regain optimal movement so they can get back to their activities of daily living, and science helps me do that within the healthcare field. Part of me also loves it BECAUSE it’s challenging. I love learning about the world around me through the science lens.
How has being in a sorority impacted or influenced your education or career in the science field? Joining a sorority actual played a big part in shaping who I am currently as a student clinician. Before I became a DG, I was extremely shy and had a hard time interacting with new people – that’s actually why I joined in the first place. I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. My sorority played a big part in growing the communication skills that permeate my everyday interactions with patients. Being able to interact with women of many backgrounds and interests definitely equipped me for my future job!
- Advice to another sorority sister- Try everything when you’re in college! Undergrad is such a unique place to be – meet as many people as you can, try as many new things as possible, and take every opportunity! It’s a time that you can never get back after you graduate, and it’s so precious.
- Tips for someone who may want to pursue a similar major – It’s hard, but don’t let people convince you that it’s not worth it! Sometimes it’s hard – like when you have to study when everyone’s going out – but remember that in 5 years, you won’t regret it.