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Spring Break

Hi everyone! It´s been a while since I´ve blogged. This year has been a year of traveling for me, largely due to Caltech´s amazing resources. I just finished up winter term, and I´m currently writing thisfrom Peru! The story begins last year with the Caltech Y. I had been wanting to go to on a medical missions trip for a while, and the Caltech Y was the perfect organization to which to bring this idea. The Caltech Y is a non-profit organization that lives on the edge of campus. It has been around for 100 years–we´re celebrating its 100th birthday this year, which has been super exciting. The Caltech Y provides waysfor Caltech students and the community to grow by offering opportunities to volunteer, explore LA, learn about science policy, lead campus events, and more. I first learned of the Y my freshman year, when I signed up as a volunteer tutor for high schoolers through the Y tutoring program, called RISE tutoring. Since then, I´ve gotten to work with them a lot more. We host Make-A-Difference Day, which is my favorite because I getto know other Techers better as we volunteer together.

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Being a Lady

Happy International Women’s Day! Today is a good day to reflect on all the positive things in my life as a woman. It’s also a good day to think about the things that stand in my way, and in the way of all women.

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South House Formal

Hi fam! Every term, the houses have formal dinner in place of a house dinner,so CDS provides us with food that’s marginally better than usual, we all wear nice clothes, and try not to bang on tables or throw napkins for a nice dinner. Last Wednesday was Fleming’s formal dinner, and it was a nice break from the sets.

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Avery House's Fake Ditch Day vs. LIGO?

A while back, the Avery seniors decided to host a fake ditch day on Thursday 2/11. It seemed like the perfect sort of day, just after midterms were due but before too many other sets came up, and it left more room in the year in case we wanted to run another ditch day. We began our planning, divvied up roles…

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Fun and games 2

Hi all! Long time no see again. Let’s just go through the laundry list of all the fun things I’ve been up to, then I’ll tell you a bit more about my life here at the good ol’ California Institute of Technology.

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Kit Day :D

Hello! So as I’ve mentioned in many previous posts, I’m a Health Advocate in training here at Caltech. That means I receive my EMR (emergency medical responder) certification and equipment for free in exchange for being “on call” in my house all the time. Lots of Health Ads are premed. Many are not. I’m not, I just like to be well educated.

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The Best Sushi Ever

Hi there!

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Concussed

Hey fam, Sunday morning, Henry and Kelsi knocked on my door to pick me up for brunch. As I stumbled out of bed, I’m told that all they heard was a huge crash from the other side of the door. Yes, I fell out of my bed. And got a concussion. Yup.

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Food, Weather, and other Small Talk

It’s cold. Let’s be clear. When I say it’s cold, I don’t mean like… East Coast cold. It’s about 50°F outside. We don’t have snow; we don’t even have rain most of the time. It’s windy and chilly and I kinda want to just sit at home with hot food and not worry about things.

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Living Off Campus

This year I’m living off campus. “Off campus” at Caltech means “in Caltech housing but not one of the eight Houses.” I’m living in a three-bedroom house just across the street from Caltech’sElectrical Engineering building, which is owned by Caltech and affiliated with Page House, but not actually one of the “Houses,” which are more like dorm buildings. Confusion! It’s everywhere!

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Back to school!

Welcome back to the latest iteration of Yubo forgets to blog! I will catch you up to speed as well as talk about all my commitments this term, probably in two posts so as not to make the post too long I got used to just wearing perpetually damp sneakers those few days, since I don’t have anything remotely sensible for rainy weather. Apparently with El Niño coming up, though, this will be a persistent problem. I tried to go to Target to buy an umbrella, and they were out of stock. In the about 5 minutes I was in the checkout area, at least five more people asked for umbrellas. I guess we don’t stock for rainy weather here in sunny sunny Pasadena…

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Freezing Techers

Hi there! It’s Monday, which means we just finished the first weekend of winter term, which means we just got back from ski trip! Most houses have a ski trip. Venerable, Ricketts, Page, and Fleming all had theirs this weekend. I was on the Page ski trip to Mammoth, which was really fun.

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Postcards from Jenny

Hi friends! What would you do if you only had a weekend in London? What if you’ve never been? i faced that fun, fortunate dilemma a few days ago as the past weekend neared. London has so many amazing things to offer that it’s tough to figure out what is feasible in a single weekend. Here’s a list of what i hit, but please comment with more suggestions, recommendations, and reviews for other readers and for my next trip there! Selfie Stops As the title indicates, these are all places that my friends and i stopped for selfies. Entrance fees varied for each location, but they shared one similarity–that they seemed too much for our wallets and our time.

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Caltech Y DC Science Policy Trip

Hey guys,

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A little more travel (to Xurros i Xocolata)

My last European weekend this Fall was a trip with a group of 7 other Caltech study abroad students to Barcelona! 7 of us are studying at Edinburgh this term, and we met up with a Techer studying at UCL once we got to Spain. I spent the weekend touring beautiful architecture, eating incredible food, and walking/biking my way around the city’s beaches and Gothic quarter.

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Jorge Cham Talk + Misc

And so it happened that Jorge Cham was invited to the Caltech Physics Colloquium to give a talk, on everything related to research except actual research. As expected, it was a talk laced with lethal doses of humor in the usually uneventful halls of Bridge Lecture Hall, but it hit on some extremely resonant ideas with me, some of which I will aim to share below.

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Michelle Feynman Visit!

Last week we got a visit from Michelle Feynman! To understand why this is exciting, one much first understand the unfairly-not-household-name Richard Feynman.

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Friendsgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you enjoyed the holiday and areready for the rest of the holiday season. We got a couple days off for a break from classes and sets and it was well needed before a last final push before the end of term comes. I spent my Thanksgiving weekend eating, shopping, studying, and cooking. I went to a potluck with the other students at my church here on Wednesday, and then to a relative’s place on Thursday for Thanksgiving. Both places were super fun and nice to me, and they gave me so much food to bring back, and as a college student living off-campus this year, I can’t say no to free food.

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Avery Pumpkin Carving

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!).

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A Weekend in Paris

One of my last weekend trips during my Study Abroad term has been a whirlwind weekend in Pairs. I traveled there with three other girls from Caltech, all studying abroad here at the University of Edinburgh, and I had probably the best trip of my life! Traveling with other Techers was a fantastic experience, and a great one for making closer friends: we three new each other, but not well, and I feel like I learned a whole year’s worth about each of them in the 48 hours we spent in Paris.

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Interviewing and Jobs!

I’m not sure if the interview process I went through is very typical, but my day was scheduled to start at 11AM on Friday and go until 5PM. I generally do my best when I’m fully relaxed though, so I took the effort to wake up extra and walk over to Fisherman’s Wharf to relax. The result? I had a full clam chowder bread bowl at Boudin’s,the place to do it, before going in.

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Five Things I've Learn From NaNoWriMo

Last Summer, I came up with what I thought was a fantastic idea for a novel. Think,Ready Player One, but with a female protagonist (a Caltech student, natch), and collaboration as a sub-plot. I daydreamed about this storyline all Summer, even starting to write out the first chapter one night in July.

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Cambridge and London!

A few weekends ago, I got the chance to travel to Cambridge to meet a few former Caltech classmates. Adam is currently studying for a PhD in Churchill College (on the Churchill, Marshall, and Hertz fellowships), and Charles is studying for a Master’s at the University of Nottingham (on the Marshall), and he was visiting Adam the same weekend! It turns out, there is another Caltech graduate, Connie, studying for a Masters at Cambridge (on the Gates fellowship). Yet another Caltech grad, studying in Switzerland (on the Fulbright Scholarship) was visiting Connie that same weekend. IN ADDITION, there are three Caltech undergraduates studying abroad at Cambridge right now, in addition to a handful of Techers studying abroad at Edinburgh, who were visiting the undergrads at Cambridge the same weekend I was. We ended up all running into each other at Trinity College, and we got a picture in front of the Bridge of Sighs!

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Midnight Donuts and Class Registration

Hi Everyone!

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Winners Draft

Hi there everyone,

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Weekend at Tech

Hello there! This weekend was a pretty busy one. I suppose you last heard from me on Thursday so I have quite a bit to cover. Monday to Wednesday are my busy days (I have three sets due on Wednesdays and two due Tuesdays) so those days are usually pretty boring. On Thursday, I did some studying for my Health Ad class. It’s first responder training for students so we can respond to emergency medical situations among our classmates. While emergencies are uncommon, we’re considered part of the comprehensive safety net that Caltech has put in place. Anyway, this week we’re doing human anatomy. It’s pretty difficult, there’s a lot of things to memorize. Mostly bones. Next week we’re doing lifts, moves, and carries.

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Pumpkin Pie, Coffee Shops, and School Work

It’s been a longggg time since I’ve had any homework due. Edinburgh University courses require 1-3 homework assignments (coding problem sets or essays, depending on the class) a semester, followed by an exam that is usually worth 60-80% of your final grade. At Caltech, you’ll usually have a problem set due every week, accompanied by midterm and final exams that are worth around 25-30% of your final grade, each. I’ve just finished week four of classes here in Scotland and I’ve only just now turned in my first assignment. Phew. Can’t say it was any less stressful than at Caltech, mainly because I left it very late and felt absolutely no hurry to complete it early so that it wasn’t hanging over my head.

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A Weekend in London, Part 1

I had the amazing good luck to find extremely cheap flights to London for this weekend. I had another round of good luck in accommodations, in that ten Caltech students are currently studying abroad at UCL! Gauri was kind enough to let me sleep on her floor on Friday and Saturday nights, so I was able to take the weekend holiday of a lifetime for about 45 Pounds ($70). That doesn’t include the insane amount of money I spent on food, the Tube, admissions tickets to attractions, and souvenirs, obviously. London is EXPENSIVE.

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Postcards from Jenny

Hey guys! In the time since you last heard from me, I’ve been a complete tourist here in Edinburgh. Since I only have one semester here, I’ve been seizing every opportunity to explore the city. Thus, I believe I am now qualified to write the following guide: if you ever stop by Edinburgh, here is the breakdown of all the places!

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Classes in Edinburgh

Class has started, and I’m fully immersed in a completely different style of learning than at Caltech. At Tech, and even in high school, most learning is done in the classroom or on problem sets. Students rely on their professors to present most of the course information to them and to explain it well. Textbook readings are assigned to hammer home certain concepts, but the textbook and lectures follow each other closely. Problem sets can introduce new material or ask students to devise their own problem solving tactics to solve problems in the same topic as that week’s lectures.

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Days Off in Edinburgh

Pasadena is a pretty walkable city, unlike Los Angeles as a whole. If you have a friend with a car at Caltech, or you have a Zipcar membership (which I have, and highly recommend!), you have easy access to all that Los Angeles has to offer. Edinburgh, however, is about the size of Pasadena and everything is within walking distance of the University housing (depending, I suppose, on exactly how far you want to walk, but there are excellent buses for everything else).

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Cal Hacks 2.0!

(Hello world!)

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Minnesota Nice

Hey there, all! I’ve been in Minnesota since Wednesday for my cousin’s wedding.

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Innovative thinking, Brights Ideas, and the Future

The BIF Stage: Where the Future is Made
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A Walk in Scotland

Walking, Hill Walking, and Hiking are all incredibly popular in the UK. Walking the West Highland Way is a popular way to spend a week or two, and Scotland’s scenery is so beautiful that I completely understand why. There are gorgeous mountains, beautiful fields, and picturesque villages all over the country. Honestly, there’s just more beautiful nature here than I’ve seen anywhere else. There are a few great walks and hikes in the city of Edinburgh itself (see my post on hiking Arthur’s Seat for great pictures of the city!). But my flatmates and I were looking for something especially scenic, and figured that this weekend was probably our last chance to get a great walk in. It’s starting to get cold, wet, and dark in Scotland.

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Flying to Minnesota

Hi there, everyone!

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Castles Galore

Hello from the Scottish countryside!

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I Won't Be Back Till 2016

And I’m so excited about it!

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Misc fun activities (including Ditch Day video!)

Sorry for the long delay in posting; summer is a time when the days begin to blend together, and a long time flies by without being noticed. I’ll catch you all up in two posts, one talking about everything fun I did (serving as a photo dump) and one with reflections on everything being learned this summer.

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Weekend Out with the Roomies

Hi all! Anita here. It turns out that I won’t be able to talk too much about Intel—confidentiality issues and all—but that’s okay, because unlike during the Caltech school year, we actually have lives outside of work during the summer! Since Hillsboro is a very suburban area, most people drive to nearby Portland to find action. It’s only about 20-30 minutes away, unless you’re stuck in traffic. My friend’s dad complained a bit about how windy the roads to Portland are but it’s definitely worth the drive, if you ask me. Our itinerary was thus: Friday Night—Dance Social and Ice Cream.

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San Diego Sun

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My Trip to the Galapagos!

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.

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Caltech Food Tour

Caltech may be a small campus, but it has a large variety of food options. There are three main dining locations on campus — The Lee F. Browne Dining Hall, the Hameetman Center (which houses our beloved Red Door Cafe), and the Broad Café.

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Some Late-Night Stress-Saving Food Runs

Midterms kept up its unrelenting attack on my sanity this week – at least a little bit. And how did I solve this? Two words.

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Quick Trip to the Beach

Although there are a lot of smaller things, such as midterm smoothies and milkshakes (Blacker does something similar to this) and some larger things like Faculty Dessert Night, the soc team usually agrees that beach trip is the most work.

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