Last Friday, Avery had an alley pumpkin carving challenge at Tom Mannion’s house. There were two pumpkins per alley, and plenty of snacks to go around - pie, corn dogs, bagel bites, donuts, and even warm apple cider (yummm!).
My alley, Alley 1, carved a Charlie Brown pumpkin and Joker pumpkin. Both of them required a lot of precision, and I think they turned out really well!
Why so serious?
And here’s some pictures of the incredibly creative designs everyone else had!
*Kitty, Pac-Man, and the Morton Salt girl.*
*Minion, Homura (an anime character), and Kitty, again.*
Jesus, Tim (a kid in Avery), and doge.
*The winner: two wolves howling. (Sorry for bad picture!)*
Pumpkin carving was definitely a welcome break from midterms. I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks of next year!
Studying at Caltech is a lot like crewing a spaceship. You get to work alongside some of the most talented people on Earth, you’re constantly doing science in order to survive, and the environment tends to keep you under a lot of pressure. It’s an incredible experience, and also a very challenging one, to be sure. Sometimes you’re left feeling like an impostor among your crewmates, having failed to complete every task you think is expected of you. But fear not! These feelings are not based in reality; they are merely symptoms of a benign condition known as impostor syndrome. Think you might be affected? This post is for you.
It’s been over three months since my trip to the Galapagos, and I am still thinking about it. For seven days, we all woke up at 5:30 am on the boat, ate breakfast together, and went out as the sun was rising on our morning hike to catch frigatebirds mating or iguanas spewing salt from their nostrils. Our days were spent snorkeling with turtles, sea lions, and schools of fish, and our nights were spent sitting on the bow of the ship, talking all together under the stars. It was truly a spring break I will never forget.
I can still recall the day college admissions results were released in the spring. In my own hubris, I was expecting a plethora of options from top schools around the country. I actually ended up with only two schools to choose from, Caltech and Columbia University, before Decision Day. “This is gonna be easy” I thought to myself. I was not thinking correctly. I was being a fool.