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