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Meet Angela Luo

Art, Immigration and Sociology at UC Berkeley

Determined to help immigrants, low-income families and disadvantaged communities break the poverty cycle—while inspired by art, painting, culture and fashion design—Angela is heading to the University of California, Berkeley, with a leadership scholarship to study sociology.

Her two dream-job contenders are immigration lawyer and museum curator. Excited to learn more about social sciences, economics and statistics—she also hopes to continue exploring painting and fashion design.

“I love art, art history, traveling, exploring cultures, and learning the science behind art preservation,” she explains. “And I want to become an immigration lawyer to help people who are undergoing the same circumstances as my family in the past.”

When Angela hears stories of her parents, who grew up in rural China and lived in financial insecurity before gaining the opportunity to move to the city and become financially stable—she recognizes societal traps that keep lower-income individuals in poverty. After her family immigrated to Canada, she noticed similar barriers faced by immigrants.

At Branksome, Angela served as an executive in the debate and public speaking club, as well as with the World Affairs Conference. She was also senior art editor for Perennial, Branksome’s student-run literary and art magazine and head of Synthesis, an annual student presentation of culture and fashion.

She remembers many eye-opening experiences throughout her Branksome journey, including school camping trips, where she discovered she is capable of outdoor activities and even has a talent for canoeing.

With her sister still attending Branksome, she plans to visit often and is especially eager to see the new Innovation Centre & Studio Theatre (iCAST) take shape. A collision space connecting the arts, science and innovation—it’s a concept that aligns well with her diverse passions.
We wish to acknowledge this land on which Branksome operates. For thousands of years, it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous peoples from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work and go to school on this land.

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