I look forward to Thursdays…not because it means that it’s one day from Friday and the end of the week, but because every Thursday night I have Jazz class and Hip-Hop class! :D
As long as I can remember, I have always been dancing…I absolutely adore performing (I mean, I’m Filipino after all!) and am addicted to the rush dancing brings me. Dance is my main extracurricular activity, since I don’t play on any sports teams at Tech…but I will absolutely defend that dancers are some of the strongest and disciplined athletes out there. RESPECT!
I danced on my high school’s dance team and naturally continued it at Caltech–I’ve been dancing for Caltech my entire 4 years here, and have been involved in everything from ballroom to bellydance to jazz, hip hop and ballet. I just can’t get enough, I guess! I think it’s the main thing people know me for around campus…other than being a food critic and a tour guide. “Dannah?—she’s probably dancing….”
We were super tired today from class–it was our first practice of term…and most of us didn’t continuing our conditioning and taking technique classes over winter break. We’ll all be sore tomorrow, I’m sure.
In most of my dance classes–we’ve all started discussing our pieces for the Caltech Dance Show in April. That’s only a few months away!…and it will be my last! :( I remember when I came in as a freshman…I’m pretty sure I was the only undergrad dancer–I was dancing alongside grad students mostly. But I’m so excited that over the years, I have been joined by wonderful underclassman in the dance classes. I guess as the senior member on the troupe…I feel a great sense of responsibility to promote the dance classes/troupe/show, and recruit dancers. Which isn’t hard, because it is truly something I am passionate about.
Stay tuned for more dancing this term…we’re really gonna pick it up in preparation for the big show!
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.
One of Caltech’s many clubs is the RISE tutoring program, where undergraduate students connect with local high schoolers and provide tutoring in various STEM subjects. I only became a tutor this academic year, but the experience has been so rewarding for me and, hopefully, also for the students I tutor.
Usually, while writing this post, I would be at Caltech playing volleyball. I begin school eith preseason, which for those unfamiliar (or are planning on joining women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, men’s waterpolo, or cross country) is a 5 week long period before school begins where the sports teams I listed before practice and compete. My life during preseason is basically volleyball 24/7. Two practices a day (during school only one) and game days three days a week. No school work to worry about, spending time with my teammates all day, a nice refresher before school begins.