On Saturday, my house had a social event at the Santa Anita Race Track. If you’re not familiar with the Santa Anita Race Track, it is the race track at which Seabiscuit raced. It was a beautiful day, about 80 degrees out, and we had a great time.
I didn’t realize how many devoted fans there were for horse racing. I guess if I were betting money on a winning horse, I might be more devoted, too. Near the end of every race the crowd would get very rowdy, sounding almost like the crowd during the last minute of a close basketball game. They got pretty intense.
The jockeys were so tiny! They have strict size requirements, being under 126 lbs. including their equipment. They typically range from 4’10” to 5’6”, though there is no height requirement.
This guy in the polka dots actually won his race. It was a great race; he was in 3rd or 4th place on the home stretch, then shot out to first place. It was really cool to watch.
Overall, it was a great day. There were a lot of food trucks, in the center of the race track. I’m not sure I’ve seen so many food trucks in my life. My friend watches “The Great Food Truck Race,” and actually recognized one of the food trucks from that show, Nonna’s Kitchenette. It was great to get off campus, especially because the Santa Anita Park is only about 20 minutes from Tech and tickets were as low as $5 per person. I may be a sophomore, but I do get out some, too :).
Unlike many students, I never had the opportunity to visit Caltech before enrolling. I had visited California once in elementary school, and the first time I returned was to move in for college. The only time I had ever left home before was for a week or two of sleepaway camp. Now, I would be moving across the country to a place I had never seen before with a bunch of strangers. Naturally, I was a bit terrified.
…Or, How a Disciple of Bethany Ehlmann, a Former Desert Militiaman, Moore Lab Subbasement Dwellers, Roblox’s Newest Intern, a Florida Man, and a Luminous Plasma Scientist Went to War with the Caltech Mail Center, Got Double-Crossed by AirGas Corp., Survived Three COVID Outbreaks, and Nearly Stranded Themselves in the Mojave in order to Send a Bag of Peanuts to Space (A True Story).
Every midterm week and final week, Page House Peer Advocates (PAs) put on a de-stressing event. This term for midterms, the PAs hosted a painting night in conjunction with a Page dessert night. (Every Thursday, the House gives $60 to a pageboy (a member of Page) to buy a bunch of dessert and snacks for the house for dessert night.). They provided canvases, paint brushes, and a variety of paint colors for the night. It was a really fun and relaxing time to stop working on sets or studying for midterms for a bit and hangout with friends.
On the weekend of April 16th, my friends and I participated in the first ever Southern California College Poker Tournament! The tournament was for college students in the SoCal area with a $0 buy-in that doubled as a recruiting event for quant and finance firms. A senior friend of mine (Vanessa, a fellow blogger) put together a team of five girls who had no interest in being recruited and just wanted to have fun playing poker.