Letter from Thomas Sun, New Haven, Conn., to Alfred E. Stearns, September 29, 1930


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Letter from Thomas Sun, New Haven, Conn., to Alfred E. Stearns, September 29, 1930


Letter from Thomas Sun, New Haven, Conn., to Alfred E. Stearns, September 29, 1930


My dear Mr. Stearns,

Your good letter reached me Friday.

I wholly appreciate your words of consolation, and I will attempt to live fully by your advice.

I have already joined the New Haven Branch of Y.M.C.A. hoping in part to meet some people as well as some place where I may exercise. I also received letters from the Chinese Students Club of Yale asking me to join. All these activities seem to overwhelmed me, because they at first seemed to me as impossible in a larger place.

As yet, I have had no classes. This afternoon, I start the academic year in earnest. All my work is concentrated in the field of Political Science, and two thirds of which is within the scope of Functional and Organizational Problems. I am also taking a course in Political theory. The Professors discourage me strongly in my proposal to try for the M.A. degree in one year. They informed me that it is almost next to impossibility. However, I will try to make it in one year and a half. The Yale requirement is "two years' of satisfactory work” regardless of how many courses are taken. If I go to some summer school during the summer, I may be able to make it, provided the professors will listen to my reason. That is if I don’t have to take German for my Doctor’s degree.

I am beginning to feel rather at home in my own way—that is when I am alone. But when I go out for my meals or to the University, I am invariably a stranger usually beheld with interest or novelty, whereas a Chinese laundryman will pass by unnoticed.

I find New Haven an extremely expensive place. All the stores have borne signs signifying loyalty to Yale students including banners, slogans, and some wen go as far as having a bullitin [sic] of activities to happen that day in Yale and the like. These stores literally abound in the town, and since they are all the stores, except women’s stores, they are all the ones of importance where the students must go for their supplies. The prices in them are exhorbant [sic].

I have met so far two Middlebury people and one old Andover student by the name of Tulley, a sophomore. I also saw Ted Avery and Johnny Sprigg, but they failed to recognized [sic] me. I went to New York yesterday to see Middlebury play Columbia and I met Jack Foster, and Johnny Phillips, both old Andover and Dartmouth football men. They were scouting Columbia. Of course during the game, I met a lot of old Middlebury students.

I hope to settle down from now on till the end of the year with studies and will not probably notice my loneliness.

I have not seen Mary or heard from her since last June. I went over and phoned her dormitory, and they informed me that she is in Providence. They said that she will be back shortly.

Hoping that Andover will have another good year.

Very sincerely yours,


Thomas Sun


Phillips Academy


September 29, 1930


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