Somehow, someway I’ve just managed to sit at my computer for
three hours doing absolutely nothing. I know that around 2, I had every
intention of blogging, napping, and then, I dunno, maybe hitting the gym or
something. But all of a sudden, it’s 6:30 and I haven’t done any of those
Story of my life, man. But not for long, I hope. See maybe,
just maybe, me writing this blog will set off a whole chain of productivity! I’ll
blog, I’ll work out, and from there it will only pick up speed. Suddenly I’ll
be collecting the week-old dirty laundry from my floor, reading for physics,
and maybe even considering starting a set sooner than the day before it’s due.
Before you know it, I’ll have written a novel, paid my taxes, and graduated
Oh wait…it’s Saturday and I’m a lazy frosh. Let’s just keep
it at blogging, shall we?
Week two of the term down! I’m getting pumped for second
term thanks to a house meeting we had this week. There’s so much coming up! Elections,
building our Interhovse, the party itself, a ski trip, and even a Ricketts
Girls’ Night, not to mention other houses’ events. I hear second term is
exhaustively fun, and I’m ready for it.
So what else has been up this week?
A lot, actually. If you
are among our EA admits, then chances are you know that this week was our EA
It’s been three days so far, and there will be another night of
calling next week.
Beckoned by the call of a dinner from Baja Fresh, I headed
over to Steele House Wednesday night, and joined up with Laura Conwill (also a
I think, and had such a blast. Earlier that day, I had a miserable time
wrestling with a physics set, and getting a chance to sit down and tell
prefrosh some of my favorite Caltech stories was a real pick-me-up.
After leaving the phone campaign, I settled down to work on
my Phys 8 lab. Phys 8 is so far outside my comfort zone, it’s not even funny. I
remember other Techers stopping to laugh at me as I struggled to put together
this bookcase I bought at Target first term. I am NOT an engineer, folks. But
Phys 8 has me spending hours of quality time each week with a soldering iron,
resistors, and LEDs. I know I didn’t have to take Phys 8; there are plenty of
other frosh labs available. Still, there’s just a certain appeal to doing
something you never thought you’d be able to do. Just don’t ask me to fix
The week ended in the best fashion possible— with a party!
But even better, it was a themed party. Page Hovse hosted a Rubik’s Cube
party. The idea is that you come dressed
in as many different colors as possible, and then trade articles of clothing
with other people until you’re dressed in only one. Check out this pic of us
before the party. I’m not gonna lie, I felt pretty weird walking around like
that. It was an extraordinarily good
time, though, and I fell asleep completely exhausted.
Alright, it’s after 7 now, and this blog entry is officially
finished. What happens now? Laundry?
Math set? Will productivity truly skyrocket?! Find out on the next episode of…The Frosh Experience!
Almost a year ago now, I was just about to start my first Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at JPL. NASA had sent out an email to all of their summer interns containing a social media template to announce that we had been selected as NASA interns. Excited to show my NASA pride, I posted it on my Instagram story, unaware of what would come out of this small action.
Hey hey! We’re starting a series where I walk you through my best finds for food and drinks in the Pasadena region, and in the LA metropolitan area. Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, if you will (although, for copyright reasons we can’t call it that). As you explore your college options, I firmly believe that food and location are more important than your high school guidance counselor may lead you to believe. And I’m here to share my best finds from my time at Caltech with you.
Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to intern at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) under the mentorship of senior research technologist Dr. Xiaoqing Pi. Dr. Pi’s guidance and mentorship has been instrumental to the development and success of my internship at JPL, where I use machine-learning to enhance the accuracy and integrity of navigation and communication signals. In addition to helping me develop an understanding of atmospheric and ionospheric remote sensing and machine-learning, Dr. Pi has often offered his insights on how to improve my researching skills. Dr. Pi was generous enough to take the time to answer a few questions regarding his research and advice for future student interns. I believe many students can benefit from some of the lessons that he has taught me:
The transition period to remote learning was a very uncertain time, especially for research and the Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program. Many hands-on projects had to pivot at the last minute to facilitate off-campus contributions. However, many Techers were able to take advantage of the research opportunities offered at Caltech and JPL to make the best out of remote learning and research. To paint a picture, I’ve interviewed a few talented Techers for some insight on what researching from home looks like for them.