Hello hello hello. I know it’s been a while since you’ve seen me post anything… and I apologize for not being there to make your day. Here’s what you can look forward to on this edition of “International Perspective” (or as I secretly call it “The Chad Scribbles Experience”): Ditch day 2012 recap, why in the heck I haven’t posted anything in so long, where I am right now (you may or may not be surprised), and other musings. Here goes!
I’m sure you’ve been thinking, “Why haven’t you been making with the entertainment Chattergoon? My life is so void without your blog posts.” The short answer is… drum roll… I really dunno. There’s just been one thing after another coming up from finals to travelling to settling into Harvard (yes, Harvard. I’ll explain that in a future post). You can think of it as me going out and doing cool stuff to tell you about… so really my lack of a post in a while is really all for you guys… yeah that’s what I’m gonna stick with.
Ditch Day 2012!
So I kind of failed my first Ditch Day ever… I fell asleep at noon and didn’t wake up until 5 hours later… I know, I know- Mega lame. I did however participate for half of it and the half I did was pretty cool. Page did three stacks this year: Sherlock Holmes, The Hunger Games, Indiana Jones and the Shrine of the Seniors. I ended up picking (or rather having it picked for me) Indiana Jones. It was a perilous stack filled with rope jumping, slippery caves, poisonous (plastic) animals, and dangerous ledge walking.
The day starts off pretty regular except that everyone is actually awake for a change. We waited around until around 8 when the seniors gave the all clear for the start of Ditch day and then headed upstairs to pick stacks and get our stack t-shirt. I was on the blue team for the Indiana Jones stack along with Muneeb, Andy, Mia, and I think Ritwick and Juan. There might have been more people but I forget.
Our first objective was to get to the map room, located in the building that the Gene pool is in front of. Unfortunately when we got there, the map room had been tampered with! Dramatic drum roll As a result the seniors had to direct us to where the activities were. The first event for blue team was to navigate the slippery cave (aka slip and slide). The next challenge was to use rope swings to jump across the bottom less pit and then we had to tip toe across a thin ledge to get to a magnetically sealed box containing the first of 4 totems that was our goal to collect.
Our next challenge was to dig through mud banks to locate the clue, which was a series of transparent flash cards each with a small piece of a drawing on it. Combined the pieces formed a picture that we were to use to determine the location of the next totem. This part definitely took a while. We were wondering around for quite some time and also trying to get help from the other teams on this. As it turned out we had to get to an elevated position for our view finder to help (thanks Green team for telling us). We got the totem and were off to the pool!
We just kinda chilled at the pool to be honest. There was nothing for us there although we were able to watch one of the other house’s stacks: they were on floating mattresses in the pool and beating each other with noodles. It was quite a show. This is the point where I petered off and went to bed… But when I woke up I heard legendary tales of water fights and candy.
So that’s basically my experience with Ditch Day. I would have liked to been awake for the rest of it but when you get a chance to nap… it’s hard to say no.
Here’re some pro tips for Ditch Day:
Don’t go shower if the start of Ditch Day will occur while you’re showering cause then someone else will pick your stack for you.
Go pick your stack as soon as you can because the t-shirts aren’t unlimited and trust me, you want a t-shirt.
Wear comfortable shoes; you’re going to do a lot of walking.
Don’t wear anything that you’re too attached to, some stacks can be on the dirty side.
And as always go to bed early frosh! Ditch day is tomorrow!
I think that’s enough to digest for now so I’ll talk to you guys soon.
You’re squished with all your dorm essentials in the back of the car and your parents in the front trying to find parking. Emotions are high: Will you make friends? Will classes be too hard? What’s your roommate going to be like?
So you’ve done it! You’re going to attend Caltech, one of your dream schools, and you can officially call yourself a Techer. Maybe you grew up in sunny Southern California or, like me, moved thousands of miles from the East Coast (where they actually have seasons.) Regardless of how familiar you are with Pasadena or the Caltech campus before attending, becoming a student is a unique and new experience. Life at Caltech can be fun, but it is also one of the most rigorous schools in the world. It is important that your own health and wellbeing is always a top priority, regardless of whatever commitments you have on your plate.
Senior year tends to differ widely between different folks. Some have finished nearly all their major requirements, while others will be working through their classes all the way until graduation. My friends and I all fall on different points along this spectrum, but we all have something in common: we’re ready for second and third term.