Fam­ily brains trust

A Tassie fam­ily has forged a path to suc­cess by all study­ing at the Univer­sity of New South Wales

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THERE are two things never in short sup­ply in the Narulla house­hold: brain­power and talk of life at the Univer­sity of New South Wales.

Harki­ran, 22, Raj, 20, and Har­jee­van, 17, have all fol­lowed their lawyer sis­ter Rani, 24, to UNSW.

Back home in Ho­bart, 14-year-old Nanak who, Harki­ran says, ‘‘is prob­a­bly the most in­tel­li­gent of us all’’, is plan­ning to fol­low suit to study medicine.

The ex­cep­tion­ally gifted Narulla sib­lings all have IQs above 145.

Harki­ran says Rani fin­ished school at 15 and, af­ter three years at univer­sity in Ho­bart, headed to UNSW to com­plete her law de­gree.

He found it easy to fol­low suit when choos­ing to study com­merce/law.

‘‘I knew about the fac­ulty be­ing the top in Aus­tralia, but Rani be­ing here topped it off be­cause I heard all the sto­ries about O-Week (ori­en­ta­tion) and it be­ing a re­laxed cam­pus,’’ he says.

Harki­ran is in the fourth year of his dou­ble de­gree, ma­jor­ing in busi­ness eco­nomics, and Raj is in his third year of medicine.

Their fa­ther, a cos­metic physi­cian, tried to dis­cour­age him from be­ing a doc­tor, Raj says.

‘‘It’s tough and time-con­sum­ing, but in year 12 I came to Syd­ney to a course-and-ca­reers day and met peo­ple from the med­i­cal fac­ulty. Then I started to see my­self in that role.’’

Last year Har­jee­van re­ceived a per­fect 99.95 score in year 12, mak­ing him Tas­ma­nia’s equal top per­former, and took out UNSW’s top schol­ar­ship award to study com­merce law.

But the fam­ily doesn’t fo­cus ex­clu­sively on study.

Harki­ran says one of the best things about life at UNSW is mak­ing new friends and hav­ing ac­cess to the coast.

‘‘I’ve got to know a whole bunch of new peo­ple from such places as By­ron Bay and Coffs Har­bour and have learned to surf prop­erly,’’ he says.

Harki­ran and Raj also find time to act as stu­dent am­bas­sadors for the univer­sity.

‘‘We do road trips, visit­ing schools and ca­reer fairs and telling stu­dents how good the uni is,’’ Harki­ran says.

Ea­ger to achieve: the Narul­las, from left Harki­ran, Har­jee­van, Rani and Raj.

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