So as you all know, these past two days were Prefrosh Weekend! This is where all the admitted students come to stay for a couple days and learn about how AWESOME Caltech is :)
Each House holds a lot of special events. For example, Ricketts hosted an open mic night, and Blacker had “deconstruction,” which is where everybody takes sledgehammers to things. Ruddock made a mini-golf course out of the entire house!
Alley Six! Seems more like an obstacle course for the player, not the ball.
We also turned the fabulous room 119 into A GIGANTIC HOT TUB. Everything–beds, chairs, inhabitants–was removed from the room, the floor and walls were covered in plastic, and the entire thing was filled halfway with water.
The moral of the story is that Techers like to go all out on things.
Although the PFW slogan was “It’s bright here,” for Thursday and Friday there was nothing but thunderclouds and pouring rain. (Personally, I loved it. I’ve grown up in super sunny Cali and so gray skies are really nice. I think something about having the combination of coffee and rain is very conducive to thought.)
But just to make sure you don’t think we’re deceiving you with the promises of eternal sunshine, here are some pictures from earlier in the week, when in between classes my best friend Caroline and I frolicked in the grass by Millikan Library.
ROSES ARE PRETTY <3
This building is non-eponymously named Bridge. It’s home to a lot of physics classes.
And here is the lovely Millikan Library, home to a lot of books. Anybody know what Millikan was famous for?
So that’s all for this week everybody! Hope you all had a wonderful PFW and stay tuned next time for a post about tea parties and movie stars :) And as always, if you have any questions or comments, POST THEM!
My favorite part about Caltech is the Houses! The easiest way to describe them is as Hogwarts houses: each has their own personality and group of people and the first thing you do at Caltech is go through a “sorting” process. The people are what makes the Houses at Caltech so great. As a frosh, it’s amazing to be able to come in and immediately have a group of 100+ people to support you. Because the Houses have students from every grade, you make friends with upperclassmen and can ask for help on tons of things like:
It’s crazy to think that it has been four years now since I was applying to college. I remember it vividly. This week we’re spending some time reflecting on our personal admissions processes, and how we ended up at Caltech. There’s one question though that I wanted to spin out into a separate post: “what advice would you give to the admitted class of 2025?” And I think the best way to do this is to tell a more detailed story than I did in my other post.
These past six months have been a whirlwind- from having to move out of Caltech housing in March within a week’s notice due to COVID-19, to starting the first term of my junior year, I’ve definitely experienced a lot of change. When I went home in March, it was to a completely new state-my family moved from Chino, CA to New Jersey in January (great timing, huh?). While I missed seeing my friends from home, it was fun to have the chance to explore a completely new place. The pandemic obviously limited what I could see and do, but I got to experience walks through nature and along rivers normally foreign to a SoCal native and had some time to focus on bioinformatics research for the lab I work with on campus.