Caroline Sun  

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Editorial Board Spotlight      October 2018

                                                                                                 

"Before becoming an editor, I had only a vague idea about what millions in the world were going through. Now, as I read about poverty and homelessness and hunger, I feel as if a rainbow screen has been ripped away from before me, leaving the world bleak and monotone and flawed. Because of this, it is more important than ever to educate others about our world, and the people living in it."

"I hope that someday, one of my pieces of writing will touch another’s life, and they will find their rainbow screen ripped away as well."

Hello! My name is Caroline Sun, and I am a freshman from North Carolina. Stories have been a part of my life for longer than I can remember. I began reading before I was even 4, and as soon as I could pick up a pencil, I started writing stories. Anything that was fantastical fascinated me, which is why I love creative writing. However, writing is not the only form of art that fascinates me; I enjoy photography, drawing and painting, singing, and musicals. I have won awards and been published for my art, photos, and stories, such as in contests held by Scholastic Art and Writing, Saplings Literary Magazine, and many school magazines. Although writing is a big chunk of my life, the rest of it is taken up mostly by math, which is something else I am passionate about. The best part about math is participating in various competitions and meeting people just as nerdy as me. Some of my favorite math-related memories are receiving a full 25 on the AMC 8, placing top 10 in the NC State Competition 2 years in a row, and getting invited to ARML. I also received a full score on the NLE for Introductory and a 39/40 for Level I. Other things I am interested in are horseback riding, swimming, hiking, and camping out in the wilderness.

What does Actions in Spotlight mean to you, and why is it important for you to promote the sustainable development goals?

 

Actions in Spotlight is a chance for me to learn more about the world we live in. Before becoming an editor, I had only a vague idea about what millions in the world were going through. Now, as I read about poverty and homelessness and hunger, I feel as if a rainbow screen has been ripped away from before me, leaving the world bleak and monotone and flawed. Because of this, it is more important than ever to educate others about our world, and the people living in it. As Malala once said, “Education is the best weapon through which we can fight poverty, ignorance and terrorism.”

What has been your favorite submission so far? What was it about and what was the story behind your work?


My favorite piece of writing so far is the poem titled “The Student and The Worker.” I enjoyed writing this because I feel that it really underlines the contrast between cultures around the world. More importantly, it shows how each is totally oblivious to the other, so trapped in the monotony of their own world to even think or care about others with bigger, sometimes life-threatening problems. I also used it to show the opposite — despite the fact that these two characters cannot be more different, they are still thinking about similar things, just in different contexts. I always find it ironic that each and every person around the world is totally unique, yet also the same.

What are your goals for the future? How do you think Actions in Spotlight plays into these goals?

I hope that someday, one of my pieces of writing will touch another’s life, and they will find their rainbow screen ripped away as well. And once they see the truth of the world, the horrible truth, they will start wishing for others to see it too. It may be hard, and it may be slow, but even changing one person’s perception of the world is a massive success. “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." — Mother Teresa

2018 Actions in Spotlight

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