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30/36 (bowls of rice)

While shopping for my dorm room, my parents bought me three boxes of Haetban instant microwaveable rice, which has the tagline “Rice that tastes better than rice!” They also bought me a box of instant ramen, three packs of rice vermicelli noodles, soy sauce, and fish sauce. The only problem was that the rice (and the rice alone) had an expiration date of January 10, 2015. At the time, we believed that Caltech didn’t provide any food over the weekend, so my parents estimated that in ten weeks, I could have rice for two meals a day every Saturday and Sunday, with some breaks, and thus easily get through 36 bowls of rice in a term. However, once I got on campus, I learned that Caltech was trying a new thing this year in response to popular demand: holding open kitchen in Chandler on weekends from 10 am to 2 pm. This meant that there were fresh fruits and sandwich fixings available for lunch on weekends. Additionally, I often ate out or had dinner provided by different clubs and events, so my rice consumption was even lower.

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The ARC on Retreat

I am a member of the Academics and Research Committee at Caltech. The ARC is an undergraduate committee that serves as a liason between students and faculty, advising the Faculty Board and other committees on academic policy pertaining to UGrads, and promoting improved teaching practices. We are currently on a retreat to discuss all we have done so far, and what we are planning to do for the rest of the year.

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I walked on Mars.

The Student-Faculty Programs Office organized a Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) tour for us a few days ago, and it was one of the most exciting places in which I have ever stepped foot. Immediately upon arrival, we were greeted by friendly faces who commenced our tour with a brief history of JPL and its goal of propelling rockets into space.

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Campus exploration and a mini discovery!

Millikan Library is no longer a library.

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Guster concert ft. Kishi Bashi and all of my happiness

I turned in my Math3 set at 2pm, my CS21 set at 4pm, my CS2 set at 4:58pm, and then I headed to Anaheim for a concert at the House of Blues in Disneyland!

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We're All Mad Here

Hey guys!

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Second Term = Ski Trip

Hey guys! Every year a lot of houses go on ski trips. This year, Avery went to Mammoth Mountain, which is a comfy six hour drive from school. Here are some shots from ski trip.

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Time Travel and Sheldon Cooper

Welcome back! This is the second part in a two-part installment of my fall term adventures, so if you’d like to read it from the beginning, you can start here. Continuing on… 6. Interstellar and Formal Dinner with Professor Kip Thorne Every house has a formal dinner once per term when we dress up all fancy-like, invite professors and other guests, and are served really delicious food.I don’t remember what exactly was in the dish, but this is what it looked like:

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Ski Trip!

Last Thursday, January 8, was the beginning of Venerable House’s annual ski trip to Mammoth, CA. Our car arrived late Thursday night after about a 6-hour drive, around 11:30 pm, though the rental cars had issues and ended up getting there past 2 am…

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Caltech == Hogwarts (it's magical)

System.out.println (“Hello world!”)

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Important Life Achievements, Just in Time for the End of the Year

Here are some very important life goals I managed to achieve as winter break drew to a close this year:

  1. Got my permit so I can finally start driving. I’d forgotten that lines at government offices could grow so long… I also learned that a permit was a flimsy piece of paper and not a solid ID card like I’d thought (guess I’ll have to apply for the ID separately…)
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End of the 2014 Fall Term! At Last!

It feels incomplete to jump to winter break without explaining what happened for the rest of fall term, so I shall give a quick, picturesque summary.

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Musings from a Single

As a sophomore, I now live in a single slightly “off campus” in Braun House (ie. literally across the street, rotated perhaps 30 degrees east from Venerable). Single life is…not as bad as I thought. My room is amply spaced and contains the usual wonders–a sink, an AC; my only complaint is that the shelves are rather high, so I have to stand on my chair to reach. That being said, I do miss having a roommate. I bought a carpet because she bought a carpet and it filled up the emptiness in the room slightly.

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Hawai'i or the biggest New Years fireworks ever

This winter break I went on a family outing, just my parents and me, to Hawai’i (pronounced Hah-vye-YEE). This wasn’t initially my idea; I’d have prefered to stay home and help out my parents around the house, doing the chores with which their aging bodies now struggle. But nope, the day after my finals in France I was informed that in a spontaneous decision my parents had decided to send us to Hawai’i between Christmas and New Years, a serendipitous turn of events by all means. We were unable to find accomodations at our island of choice, the ever-gorgeous Maui, so we in yet another fortunate stroke of luck booked for the Island of Hawai’i instead, or colloquially known as the Big Island.

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Girls' Night and Formal Dinner

The lovely ladies of Venerable House decided to compile together a Girls’ Night on 11/14, which would entail watching rom coms, decorating each other, and eating cupcakes. (This prompted the men of Venerable House to hastily throw together a Guys’ Night of beverages, action films, and card games.)

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Bright eyed, bushy tailed

At the end of my 2014 SURF, my mentor told me that she had submitted our project abstract to the American Geophysics Union (AGU) 2014 Fall Meeting and that should I find funding I should feel welcome to go. I ended up applying for Caltech’s Hausner for what turned out to be a three night funded trip to San Francisco! I just finished up the trip, my first conference, and while it was admittedly a geophysics conference for someone certainly more interested in the harder fields of physics, it gave me a terrific understanding of what academic life could possibly look like.

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La Salle Pleyel, Paris's crib of legends

After going to Vienna, the world’s heart of classical music, I suddenly realised that music is a bigger part of me than I’d ever realized. Immediately upon returning I scanned through the great Parisian concert halls for performances I could attend before leaving, and though I found no more operas, which were my original target, I did find two concerts at the Salle Pleyel.The Salle Pleyel is a slightly smaller concert hall than the great opera houses, and is much more intended as a recital hall, almost built for piano performances. Not surprising given the homage of the name to a composer and the founder of a great piano company of the 19th century, the height of Romantic pianicism.The first concert I found was a concert with Emanuel Ax playing the Brahms second Piano Concerto with Bernard Haitink and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in the first half and with the latter two performing the Fourth Brahms Symphony in the second half. I couldn’t find any cheaper tickets, and dropped 65 euros on this ticket, which also landed me in quite a nice seat

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Getting Rid of Extra DBal

As part of the Caltech Board plan, we get a little over $400 a term to spend on Declining Balance (DBal), which can be used in Chandler Dining Hall or the South House Kitchens for lunch or Breakfast, or in the C Store or Student Coffee House (Chouse) at any time. DBal doesn’t roll over between terms, so if you have leftover DBal during finals week, you try to buy up the CStore to get your money’s worth! In previous terms, I’ve bought several boxes of Clif Bars to bring home for my father (who loves them), or bought a dozen pints of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream for my house (impromptu ice cream party!)

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I Went To SoulCycle!

And I Loved It!

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London

The title was spared no words because it merits no more; London, perhaps the single most diverse city on the planet. Indeed, the only thing it famously lacks from its decorated coffers of riches is sunlight. A veritably enormous city, it is a forefront authority in just about any conceivable field and has riches upon riches for every last visitor.

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Networking With Tinder, and a Q&A with Tinder President Sean Rad FINAL

It was about time Tinder right-swiped a college campus. Two weeks ago, following their first (!) career fair appearance ever, the startup Tinder came to Caltech for a networking event. Tinder’s lead recruiter met up with a few Techers the week before the event andplastered the undergraduate houses with posters advertising the event.

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Fancy Nights, Rough Weeks, and Taking Care of Friends

I love breaking out of Tech for a few hours to do something very much non-Techy. Page House had formal dinner on Friday night, so at 4pm a bunch of girls got all dolled up and headed to Pasadena City Hall to take pictures of each other (fun fact: that building is where they film the exterior for Pawnee City Hall in Parks and Recreation). We had to go early, before the sun set, but most of us had PS12 recitation from 3-4PM, so we put on makeup and did our hair before lecture. #toofancyforclass After the sun set, we went across the street to the Paseo Colorado outdoor mall, where a few stores had already put up holiday decorations. There were large wreaths, lots of string lights, and a giant Menorah. While in the mall, we went to Bath and Body Works for the smells. Soo many amazingly scented things (I went home with a candle).

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Procrastination Tool

I have been procrastinating my PS12 reading today by shopping online for holiday gifts! Double procrastination by writing this blog post (and making the graphics using Canva)!

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Epilogue/Review

Wow, as I write this blog entry sitting on our final plane ride back to LA, it feels like the past two weeks have been a blur.

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Wein, marred by grave mistakes

The title is a pun, as you will soon come to see.

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NCAA Cross Country Regionals

Adventures in Oregon!

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Give me RStudio and coffee and I'm a happy girl.

I get distracted pretty easily. I read an op-ed letter in the New York Times last week that described attention disorders as manifestations of evolutionary tendencies to seek out stimulating activities. The author insists that people who have short attention spans just need to find activities that they, personally, find interesting, and they can focus as sharply as anyone.

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Venezia, City on Water

Venice, Venezia, the city on water. Yet another quintessentially Romantic city added to this itinerary. When I checked online, one person described the journey to know Venice as "making sure you give her the shot she deserves," as rampant tourism has turned the city into a bustling, crowded, obnoxious shadow of what it once stood for.

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Firenze, the Cradle of the Renaissance

Florence, Firenze. While Rome sports its millennia of ancient culture Florence holds its own being the birthplace of the Renaissance. Moreover I personally think Florence is a much more photogenic city, but you may judge for yourselves When I first arrived I ran into a 76 year old man whose influence on me will be the subject of a separate post. Nonetheless, I will say I spent my entire first evening with him, wandering around the city and chattering. I will certainly admit I prefer to travel alone now, as I hardly got to see anything with the constant conversation. Sometimes, when the goal is incessant fascination, company only gets in the way of the present. While I need my human interaction, just like any social human being, I still believe that some hangings are best done alone, and now I am firmly of the opinion that backpacking is one of them.

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Roma the Ancient City

This week was the Vacances de Toussaint in France, and apparently reading week all across Europe. With these nine days I chose to make a trip to Italy, being inspired by a friend who chose to do the same, though I planned independently. Thus it was so that within to days, three days before departure, I booked two flights, two trains, and three hostels in Italy. My three cities in my itinerary were the three usual ones: Rome, Florence, and Venice; Roma, Firenze, Venezia. Not knowing any better, I allotted each three days.

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Cupcake Tour of Beverly Hills

I try to get off campus at least once a week, whether it’s just going to Old Pas for dinner or heading to Micheal’s or Home Depot for materials for making gifts for our adopt-a-frosh program or lumber for Interhouse party dancefloor building. It’s rather hard to get too far off campus, unless you have access to a car. I was very lucky this Saturday to have had the chance to get to Beverly Hills for a walking tour of cupcake boutiques!

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How to make $ as a college student

There are plenty of ways to make income as a college student. Most of my friends here at Caltech SURF or intern over the summer, and put their lump-sum salaries from research grants or internship paydays in savings, from which they siphon money during the year for eating out, traveling, or buying clothes, mechanical keyboards, arduinos, and the like. Many Caltech students (including myself) also work during the year. There are several well-known and accessible ways to do this, including:

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Day Off Means Going Off Campus

The Inauguration of Caltech’s 9th President, Dr. Rosenbaum, was declared an Institute holiday. This means no classes or sets due! We celebrated by sleeping in and getting off campus for brunch at Urth Cafe. Urth has an amazing selection of teas and sweet coffee drinks, and an extensive and delicious menu. It’s a great place to go with friends on the weekends, or family when they come to visit!

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Page House Beach Trip

Hi guys, So Remember how I told you I didn’t go on the Fleming beach trip because I wanted to do work and go to the art exhibitions around Pasadena? Well… I ended up going on the Page house’s beach trip instead because Sunday came and I had finished all of my work. This was possible because I’m a dual member of Fleming and Page (and also Avery, but anyways). I am a social member, which means I can attend any of the Page house events (and get it subsidised) but I can’t vote in the Page house election.

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ArtNight Pasadena

Hey guys! So instead of going on the Fleming house beach trip to San Diego this weekend, I decided to spend my weekend catching up on some work and doing cultural activities like…going to the Pasadena Art Night! For those of you who are not yet familiar with the Pasadena ArtNight, It’s one day every year when all of the major museums and galleries in Pasadena are open until late, and you can visit all of them for free! There are shuttles from the Pasadena City Hall, and those are completely free of charge also! So Basically it’s a night where you get to go out, enjoy some great street food (from food trucks around the area), look at contemporary art for free and meet loads of different young and upcoming artists in Pasadena. More info here.

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Home Sweet Home

Not even three short weeks after arriving in Grenå, my time in Jylland was up. My last few days were bittersweet: on one hand, I was finally going to København after months of planning and anticipation. On the other, the time I’d spent learning Danish, going on adventures, and making lifelong friends with the 50 other international students in Grenå was up. We ended with a bang — our final exams, a series of conversations with our classmates and teachers, finished by noon on Friday, and we had the rest of the day to ourselves before our final dinner and graduation ceremony (read: we starting partying after lunch). The only caveat was that we had to be packed and ready to leave the hotel at 9:00 the next morning.

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Beach Trip!

This past Sunday, the Page house RA’s and UCC’s organized a day trip to Huntington beach. We left Tech around 2pm, spent a few hours in water/on the sand, and ended the day with a bonfire, grilling hotdogs and smores.

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The Mighty Mountains of Denmark

The second weekend of my summer course, I had the opportunity to explore Nationalpark Mols Bjerge in the center of Jylland [Jutland]. Provided it didn’t start pouring rain, we would be dropped off at one end of the park, hike three kilometers through the park, have lunch on the top of the mountain, and be picked up by the bus on the other side. The week prior, our instructor Torkild had gone on and on and on about how majestic these mountains were, and the tallest hill I’d seen in Denmark so far was the sand dune on the beach outside my hotel, so I was pretty excited to see them.

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Safely in Grenå

Yay, first post! I wrote this post when I first got to Denmark, so it’s awkwardly in present tense when it happened over two months ago; however, as I am very lazy, I do not feel like editing it, so I’m posting this in early August rather than mid-October.

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En dag i Århus [A Day in Århus]

On Saturday, my classmates and I begrudgingly dragged ourselves out of our warm beds and into the cold, cruel world to see the beautiful port city of Århus. Well, that’s being a bit dramatic: it was cool enough to justify wearing a sweatshirt, and it rained a bit (okay, a lot) on and off, but it was certainly not cold and only slightly cruel. And we even got to sleep in for an extra hour, as the bus didn’t leave the hotel until 9:30! As per usual, I promptly fell asleep on the bus; but when I awoke, I was greeted by modern skyscrapers intermingling with thousand-year-old architecture. Århus has been inhabited since at least the 8th century, and has been a center for shipping since the 1800s, making it a city bursting with history (most of which, I’ll admit, I don’t know).

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A little bit about myself..

Hi everyone! For those of you who don’t know me yet, a brief introduction about myself…

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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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