I had a wonderful Friday evening this past weekend, courtesy of the Caltech Y! They were able to secure us a block of tickets to see the musical “Chicago” at the Pantages Theatre, and I was lucky enough to have won the competitive lottery to get a pair! I do admit I’m kind of a theater snob, as I live an hour away from Broadway so have seen lots of shows, but I’ve never seen this particular one nor have been in this particular theater, so I was up for a new experience! Remember my mantra: explore as much of LA as possible before leaving!First, pictures, then review of the show!
So what did I think of the show? Well, I’ll be honest… it was good but definitely not one of my favorites. It is a unique kind of show - mostly dancing and singing without too much other interaction. I mean, both of those aspects were good (and I got to see Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child play Roxie!), but I think that there was just something missing. Maybe the classics of “Phantom” and “Les Mis” are so familiar to me that I think that’s what all musicals should be like, but in any case I still enjoyed the show and the experience. And Dannah LOVED the dancing (though she kept comparing it to the movie, and obviously you can’t compare the two haha). So all in all, I think it was a very enjoyable evening!
Thanks again, Caltech Y, for the awesome experience!
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.