They say that you can’t be in two places at once. I figured I would start this blog off with how you can be in two places at once and some times even more.
Because of our proximity to LA, one of the things you will run into as a student at Caltech is the film crews. This is kind of fun the first few times they block your way to class, but it gets old when the fake students block your way to class or cut you off as you are dashing to turn in a problem set on time. If you are fans of the show or movie that is getting filmed, you might be able to get autographs and photos with the stars. It all depends on your luck. So the first fun place in Pasadena I’ll be introducing is Caltech itself. So when we say welcome to Caltech, the film crews have already told you “ Welcome to CULA, Berkeley, and Cyprus Rhodes”.
Although the show Numb3rs has become known as THE show that is filmed on campus, visitor’s don’t realize that they have also seen your beautiful campus in Legally Blonde, The OC, and Greek. Most recently Entourage filmed on campus and some students that built an Entourage themed stack for ditch day got some of their t-shirts signed. Yup, turns out, even if you don’t go into LA much, sometimes it comes right to you.
Here are some scenes you might remember from TV and film with their real life campus counter parts
Where it really is: The Gene Pool in front of the Beckman Institute (Where I work!)
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.