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Best Weekend EVER!

Hey y’all! Hope you had a fantastic 3 day weekend and a lovely Valentine’s Day! I sure did. This was one of the best and busiest weekends I’ve had all term! YAY! :D Friday night, I attended my good friend’s going away party at the Tolman House (gorgeous venue on campus that visiting professors, etc stay in). It was a costume “Geek or Chic” party—Andrew and I showed up as “chic” (but we’re still big geeks lol). The party involved a lot of food–yay for Filipino food, how I’ve missed you!, mingling with grad students/post-docs and a fun karaoke party towards the end. Couldn’t help but to get up and sing some tunes….

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Run, run, run!

Well, the past week consisted of a very interesting assortment of runs! We ran in sunshine, we ran in pouring rain (and almost thunder), I missed a turn and split from the group which resulted in running through Old Town Pasadena, today we stopped twice at a grocery store and did core exercises in the carpeted hallway of an apartment building, and tomorrow is our first meet of the season! Here’s a view of the pool (and you can see Mia way in in the center).

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Mamma Mia!

So as I alluded to in my last post, we cooked Italian food tonight in class! Now I’m fourth-generation Italian (my beloved Nana came over from Sicily in 1914, and my other great-grandparents at different times), so I do know a thing or two about Italian cooking. I was trying to channel my grandmas and my mom when I was in class, so I hope that helped my group out in making our dishes! We made lots and lots of pasta, which was of course good, except I would have liked to have cooked more meaty dishes. That’s because in Italy, pasta isn’t ever really a main course, but instead a “Primo Piatto” (first dish). My favorites are chicken saltimbocca (recipe below) and the perennial Italian-American favorite, chicken parmesan. So that would have been nice, but, alas, we spent the whole night making sauces.

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Follow the Leader (or Tour Guide!)

Happy Friday everyone! I’ve got an exciting 3-day weekend ahead of me, which includes Valentine’s Day (one of my fave holidays!) Nowadays, I give about a normal campus tour once a week (at 11:15 if you’re interested in taking a tour here!) and one special tour a week in which I give a tour to a group of students from a high school.

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The Masters of Dumplings!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen that much food for three people EVER in my life before…Last night, I went to dinner at Dumpling Master with Dannah and Tom Mannion. As food reviewers for the Tech, he wanted to take us out and show us somewhere that he really likes and wants more Techers to go to. Well, he’s definitely got us sold! We met up with him at dinner time and he drove us through the windy streets of Pasadena/San Marino to get to the restaurant, down in Monterey Park. We knew it was legit when we saw the signs were all in English and Chinese. So after we got seated (being a Monday, it was not crowded at all), we let Tom work his magic and order us our dinner. When he prefaces ordering with “Do you guys mind taking home leftovers?” you know it’s going to be a lot! Then, he showed us how to make a more traditional dumpling sauce - mostly vinegar, with a bit of sesame oil, soy sauce, and hot sauce to taste. Very different from the sweeter ones you get at the standard Chinese take-out, and it really went well with the dumplings! Speaking of dumplings, look at our spread!

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From Tech, to JPL, Venus...and back

Hey Everyone! It’s Tuesday—and I am currently still recovering from the weekend and Monday.I had a wonderful weekend that included shopping in Glendale, watching a theater production and girl’s night in Hollywood, ballet class and Superbowl Sunday.

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A description of paradise

Last week, I was in Hawaii on the joint Rob Phillips (Caltech)/Steve Quake (Stanford) lab retreat.

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I'm ready for my close-up!

TGIF!!!! I am sooo happy it’s the weekend!–I am too excited! I’ve got an action packed weekend..which I will definitely be blogging about on Monday. I had a rough week—I had some pressure systems safety training at JPL, that intense set due on Wednesday, yoga and 2 dance classes last night (I’m so sore at the moment!), and meetings with a professor and my E102 group to prepare for our midterm presentation. On my way across campus—I noticed that a filming crew has completely taken over the Athenaeum (remember my post on the fancy shmancy dinner I had there with Caltech Alumni Donors?) There are a ton of filming crews that come out periodically to our campus throughout the year (grrr—its frustrating when I find out as I am giving my tour across campus or am headed to class and find out it’s blocked off). Greek (that ABC show) and Numb3rs (its based on our campus!) film regularly—There are also scenes from The Wedding Planner, Ugly Betty (both at the Athenaeum), Legally Blonde (Millikan Pond in the opening scene!) that were filmed on the Caltech campus. Our campus is just so close to Hollywood, and picturesque, and pretty calm/quiet….its no wonder filming here is like a dream for them. My dream?–to be an extra!!! please please please?!?!? hehehe Well–I did make my official debut on TV last year, when I got casted—as the Captain of the Caltech Team on the game show, Family Feud. We competed with about 7 other universities from around the country. It was so much fun! …and I still have the recording on the DVR back home :D Here are few pictures I snapped as I walked by the Ath….

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CONSTANT VIGILANCE!!

I think I am starting to sound like Mad-Eye Moody from Harry Potter…After being on all my interviews (save one, which I have in a couple of weeks), I am now in the waiting phase. February is the “magic month” for many schools, when they tell you of your fate. I am officially waiting on 7 schools to get back to me, ranging from anytime between now and March 15th. This is nothing like college admissions, when at least they tell you when they’ll let you know! And you know how the info is coming, too - e-mail or snail mail. At this stage of the game, I may get a phone call, I might receive an e-mail, or even could open up some old-fashioned snail mail.

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Here's to Caltech!

<span style=”font-size: 12pt; font-family: “Times New Roman”;”><span style=”font-size: 12pt; font-family: “Times New Roman”;”> Life is full of surprises and Caltech can sure convince you of this fact if you are having any doubts. Ten years ago, I spent the last night of the 20th century on the stage of San Francisco Ballet Opera House participating in the company’s production of the Nutcracker. At that time I would never have thought that I would be celebrating the coming of 2010 in the audience of San Francisco Symphony thinking mostly about my upcoming second term at Caltech.

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¡Cocine!

For those of you unfamiliar with Spanish, that means “cook,” and it’s an order! As you could probably guess, this week’s cooking assignment was the food of our neighbor to the south, Mexico. Well, in reality it was a Mexican-American fusion, because my girlfriend (from Mexico) explained to me the finer differences between what we cooked and the food she’s familiar with.So what did we cook in our Mexican(-American) feast? We started off with enchiladas (which I learned means the tortilla is dipped in chili), and each group made a different one - we made a so-called “entomatada” because it was dipped in a tomato sauce. We also made a Chile Relleno casserole (because stuffing chiles is still a bit too advanced for us), which was good. Lastly, we made different types of salsa (ours was a very spicy green one!) and guacamole. I don’t eat avocados, but everyone else in my group kept “tasting for flavor” - suspicious, because after tasting almost 1/4 of it was gone! Other dishes prepared by “the kitchen” (read: the more experienced chefs) included chile verde and quesadillas (one with mango and pomegranate - SO unexpectedly delicious)! ¿Tienes hambre ahora? Pues, miras estas fotos y tendrás más hambre ;). (Translation: are you hungry now? Well, look at these pictures and you’ll be even more hungry!)

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Pushed to our limits

Last night was one of those nights where I was asking myself a lot of questions…

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These Are Good Times

February is when it’s at. This past weekend we had the Batman-themed Lloyd Interhouse (Interhouse is a party that each house throws every year for all the other houses to partake in). This weekend we have midterms and Ricketts Hovse initiations (nothing like balancing work with a little fun); the following weekend we have the Ricketts Interhouse; fast forward another seven days and it’s Parent Day Weekend (I can’t wait to see you mom and dad), and finally, the last weekend I will also be visited by a loved one. Tell me if that doesn’t sound like an eventful month. I should have a lot of pictures from the upcoming weekends.

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Welcome, Chefs!

Hello!So for those of you following already with my “Senior Spotlight” blog, I don’t need to introduce myself. But for the rest of you just seeing a cool new blog on Caltech Admissions and wondering what it’s all about, welcome! I’m Andrew Freddo, a senior who has the privilege this term of taking Cooking Basics. It’s conducted/taught by Tom Mannion, who is such an AMAZING resource! In addition to this class, he is a go-to guy for almost whatever you want, frequently opens up his home for students to use for events (like the Super Bowl and March Madness).

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My roommate's birthday party two weeks early

Sally is my lovely roommate. A week ago, a few of Sally’s best friends started conspiring to surprise Sally on her birthday, which is February 9. For scheduling reasons, we decided that we’d throw her a surprise birthday party on January 30, yesterday.

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Wake Up Frosh!!

Good morning everyone! This morning, we had a fake ditch day in Fleming House. Andrew and I have been planning out or “Price is Right”-themed stack all week…and woke up early to set it up and awaken the underclassmen along with the other seniors in our house. So here is our fake ditch day stack 2 of the year in pictures…

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That Was Then, This Is Now

The Food Representative of our House, Noah, is taking the term off so I asked him if I could sub in his stead – he said yes. I really enjoy all types of food and discovering healthy and delicious combinations, so I figured I could learn and do more by trying out the food rep position. My first meeting was Monday during lunchtime. The committee consists of theCDSManagers and each House’s representative. Basically, we run through the previous week’s dinner menu and each House’s representative relays the comments of their fellow House members on the taste and provocativeness of each meal. (The fresh oven-baked cookies always get five star reviews.) Once this process is over, the panel is opened for any other suggestions and/or comments.

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I'm Back!! ...just kidding

So I actually made it back to California last Sunday! After two long weeks of interviewing at various places in the Eastern Time Zone, I flew back into LAX to the RAIN! I will not go on at length about that because you can read about the craziness in the other blogs, but let me say it was not what I was looking for after leaving a chilly, rainy day in NJ. Fortunately, we had off for MLK Day, so I was able to catch up and unpack before going back to class. And my did I go back to class?! OK I only went to one (Polymer Chemistry), but I was totally confused. I guess that’s what happens when you miss two weeks!I then was immersed in my TA’ing job. This term I’m TA’ing Ch 4a (an introductory chemistry lab). It’s fun to see the young chem majors get their first taste of the lab environment. And there are 6 TA’s total in the class of 20 or so. So in any given lab period there are 3 TA’s for about 10 students. What personal attention we give!

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Adventures of the Techers

This past Saturday a group of us woke up early to go on a day trip in the Zipcar. Sebastian, an international from Costa Rica, contributed some deliciousgallo pintoto our breakfast. (You should really click on that link, it looks so good.) Then we were off the Getty Center, a pre-20th century art museum and research institute. My favorite sighting was Gauguin’sHead With Horns; and I was also very pleased to see a piece by Toledo’s esteemed El Greco. Aside from their collection, the Getty’s modern minimalist architecture is astounding. I will spoil you with three pictures this entry, but I won’t expose pictures of the Getty itself as you have to experience it on your own. However, this is the view from one of the Getty’s gardens: After the Getty, we went to Beverly Hills.We walked into Ralph Lauren to look for a nice sport coat, and the cheapest one we found was marked at $4000.Although we couldn’t afford any of it, we reassured ourselves that in a few years these expenses would represent change from our pockets.In short, the Hills is a beautiful piece of LA filled with mansions, high-end stores, neat buildings, sporty cars, and very tall palm trees. Check out this bad boy we stumbled upon (From left to right: me, Dev)

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My Ballet Class

Good news everybody: It stopped raining! Phew..I was starting to think I wasn’t in California anymore :P The week went pretty well for me…I was pretty productive and was able to start my weekend on Wednesday afternoon since all my work wrapped up in the beginning of the week. In the past week, I’ve been running experiments with my aluminum blocks at JPL, invited to the Athenaeum for lunch, gave another tour in the rain and read more freshman admission applications. As always, I had my ballet class on Sunday morning. We have just started learning choreography for the piece we are doing for the show in April—a piece taken from the ballet, Carmen. So FUN! We are using fans as props since the story of the ballet is set in Spain. I will say, it is pretty darn difficult to be aware of a prop in your hand while dancing…I’m not too experienced with handling a fan either. But it is exactly why we’re learning now….

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Downpour!

It hasn’t stopped raining since Monday. It’s kind of inconvenient because campus doesn’t have drainage so the walkways flood somewhat. But it’s definitely fun to get a different taste of campus. Yesterday I was walking back from chemistry lecture when it started to pour. I tried to avoid getting wet, but then my friend Rocio and I just decided to make a run for it. I also went to the Paseo Mall and bought a nice Italian coat for the cold. Today I got soaked again on the way back from chemistry recitation, but it’s always great consolation warming up in my alley’s shower (the largest shower shower in Ricketts.) The weekend was awesome. We took the Zipcar out to Santa Monica. We found parking at the Santa Monica Pier and had dinner at Bubba Gump. Afterwards we walked Promenade Street, famous for its shops, white lighting and dinosaur-shaped bushes. Once we covered all of Promenade, we got back in the car for a one hour expedition to Mount Wilson. I had never driven up a mountain before, it was exhilarating. The road meandered so much, and I forced myself not to look to the side until we finally got to the top. We finally reached the peak and parked on a side road; we got out of the car and walked to the edge to admire the view:

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Here Comes the Rain

For some reason, SoCal will be experiencing rainstorms all this week. O_O Sure enough, as soon as Monday of our 3-day weekend came along–the heavy rain hit! Rain or shine, I enjoyed my weekend nonetheless. I caught up with some good friends, hit up hip lounges in Downtown, watched some football (NOOOO CHARGERS!!!) and had ballet rehearsal.

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The Art of Exploration

Wow! This week was awesome. Let’s start with Wednesday, when I took a walk around campus with my fellow skurve Chris Estrada. We went to Millikan Library (the tallest building in Pasadena), and first stopped on the fifth floor. The fifth floor and its two neighbors have the nicest layouts, very modern office cubicles. Then we elevated to the top floor (9th) to see the panoramic view of Tech, Pasadena, Downtown LA, and the other surroundings. The timing was perfect, it was sunset. Also, the windows of Millikan have rounded edges, which make you feel like you’re looking out of a submarine, very retro. Our last stop in Millikan was the basement, where we found the greatest collection of reference books. There was a star atlas from 1925 that was made in Germany, a collection of volumes of immigrants to the United States, another set of volumes of Facts on File, so many interesting things. I even read some books in Chinese – well, more like flipped through the pages. It was so strange but fascinating to realize that there are millions of books written in completely different alphabets and characters. The point is, there is so much interesting reading material in just that basement to keep a person from being bored for years and years.

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Whoops!

I am currently blogging from the comforts of the Campus Inn, on the University of Michigan’s campus in Ann Arbor. It’s been a long week so far, but hanging in there (in the true interview season spirit!). This visit to Michigan has been nice so far - cold and there’s snow on the ground, but it’s definitely bearable. The environment is also totally different from Tufts, where I was earlier this week! Both are really great programs with super-nice people. But what wanted to let you all know was about how much of a KLUTZ I can be at times! So after my interview at Tufts I thought “OK time to change and then rush to the airport!” But I had to run down a flight of stairs carrying my carry-on bag with my change of clothes in it. In my rush, guess what I did? Yup, I FELL DOWN THE STAIRS!! In my “professional” medical opinion I twisted my ankle. Luckily, it was only four stairs and I wasn’t carrying anything breakable like my computer (which may not heal like my ankle is trying to!). So after this spill, I almost gave up in despair but I had to push through to change, get to the airport, and make it to Michigan. Luckily the flight attendants gave me ice and I was able to put my foot up almost the whole time, but I was totally relieved to get to my hotel room.

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All That Jazz

I look forward to Thursdays…not because it means that it’s one day from Friday and the end of the week, but because every Thursday night I have Jazz class and Hip-Hop class! :D As long as I can remember, I have always been dancing…I absolutely adore performing (I mean, I’m Filipino after all!) and am addicted to the rush dancing brings me. Dance is my main extracurricular activity, since I don’t play on any sports teams at Tech…but I will absolutely defend that dancers are some of the strongest and disciplined athletes out there. RESPECT! I danced on my high school’s dance team and naturally continued it at Caltech–I’ve been dancing for Caltech my entire 4 years here, and have been involved in everything from ballroom to bellydance to jazz, hip hop and ballet. I just can’t get enough, I guess! I think it’s the main thing people know me for around campus…other than being a food critic and a tour guide. “Dannah?—she’s probably dancing….”

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All That Jazz

I look forward to Thursdays…not because it means that it’s one day from Friday and the end of the week, but because every Thursday night I have Jazz class and Hip-Hop class! :D As long as I can remember, I have always been dancing…I absolutely adore performing (I mean, I’m Filipino after all!) and am addicted to the rush dancing brings me. Dance is my main extracurricular activity, since I don’t play on any sports teams at Tech…but I will absolutely defend that dancers are some of the strongest and disciplined athletes out there. RESPECT! I danced on my high school’s dance team and naturally continued it at Caltech–I’ve been dancing for Caltech my entire 4 years here, and have been involved in everything from ballroom to bellydance to jazz, hip hop and ballet. I just can’t get enough, I guess! I think it’s the main thing people know me for around campus…other than being a food critic and a tour guide. “Dannah?—she’s probably dancing….”

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Lights, camera, action!

Last week ended on a great note. On Friday we had our first lecture with David Politzer (he won the Nobel in physics!) and it was amazing. The lecture consisted of a series of demonstrations on electric fields. My favorite was theKelvin Dropper. It was very cool to be able to see things like these in action and understand what was going on. I can say that I’m very glad to have picked the practical track for physics because I’ve learned why the window on a microwave has a black mesh with see-through circles on it – and other very interesting things like that.

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Shop 'til I Drop

Hope you all had a great weekend! I definitely did!…some highlights: In-N-Out, hanging out with friends, spending the day in Old Pas, enjoying the nightlife in Downtown Los Angeles, and ballet class. Now, it’s back to work…

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California's natural beauty

Last weekend, roughly 25 friends and I piled into five cars and headed towards the very cold mountains of Mammoth, California for the Avery House ski trip. Did you think that California was nothing but sunshine? Surprise! Pasadena is a balmy 70 degrees Farenheit in the winter, but it will snow in Mammoth on Independence Day.

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Absolut and Love Sucks

Here’s an understatement: Fluid Dynamics is busy! In a month, we will perform at Absolut, an a cappella competition with some of the best groups in SoCal. (Ever heard of last year’s international collegiate a cappella champions, the SoCal Vocals? Well, they’re competing at Absolut. Oh great.) A few weekends after, we’ll be hosting our annual Valentine’s Day concert called Love Sucks, where all performing a cappella groups sing at least one break-up song.

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Still At Home

Hello!I haven’t been on in a while, but I’ve definitely been busy. Ever since ringing in 2010 with my family, I’ve been in full med school interview mode! I had two this week in Manhattan - Mount Sinai and Columbia. I enjoyed visiting both schools and, of course, New York. At Sinai, I met two Caltech ‘09 alums and it was really fun to catch up. When I asked about what was different for them now that they’re in medical school, what really impressed them was how well our Honor Code works! If you didn’t already know, our Honor Code essentially states that “no member of the Caltech community will take advantage of any other member of the Caltech community.” The most direct implication of this is the lack of proctored exams (if you remember from our exam week posts here and here). It’s really great to have that trust at Caltech, and no one takes advantage of the system because it is such a small group of people. Of course, it’s not the same everywhere, so in medical school it was a big adjustment for them to have proctored exams in class. Besides that, they’re loving medical school, and it really seems that Caltech has prepared them for what usually is a really challenging transition! That assures me that it will be a smooth one for me, too! However, as you have seen on the other blogs, our winter trimester actually began this week! So classes have started, and I haven’t even set foot outside of the Eastern Time Zone! How have I managed? I contacted all my professors and have been able to stay in the loop, so even though I’m missing lectures I’m not falling behind (too much…). I’ve found, through meeting students at other schools, how flexible our professors are at Caltech. There are horror stories from other schools of students missing exams and almost failing classes because of interviews and inflexible professors. I could never imagine this happening at Tech - everyone is really willing to work with you if something comes up so you stay on track. Overall, these other students have encountered some big obstacles to their classes that aren’t even possible at Caltech, because our administration and faculty are so great! Well, time for me to go back to work… I have two more interviews this week (at Tufts and University of Michigan). But then next week I’ll be back to the 70+ degree weather!

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Snipping away...

Happy Friday everyone! I had a fairly hectic first week of term…I prepared all week for an all day off campus interview I had on Thursday. I met with about 6 different managers of a department and gave a 45 minute technical presentation to the group on some work I had done during one of my internships. The day started at 8am and ended around 5pm….I definitely crashed as soon as I got back to Tech! Earlier this week, I also went up to JPL to work on my thesis (which I will be doing for two mornings of the week). I worked in the balloon lab since it had a huge table where I could lay out all my materials for some pattern cutting. I spent about 2 hours cutting up stainless steel sheets and high temperature fabric to wrap the insulation for more testing in the oven. It wasn’t too hard, though I got a few nicks on my hands from the steel, and was feeling a bit sore in my hands after all that cutting. But all of us Techers know that that’s the price we all pay for getting our research :)

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California Cruisin' and The Week in Review

At school we have a service called Zipcar, which some of you might have heard of. The way it works is once you sign up, you are given a card that grants you access to one of the two Zipcars on campus (we have a Prius and a Matrix, nice cars). Then you can go online and make your reservation for any time slot that you need to use the car (for a small charge per hour). So after a long wait, I finally got my card and I took the Matrix out for a ride with some friends to our local Target. We got a lot of grocery shopping done, and I got the chance to buy anti-viral tissues for my cold.

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Hello 2010!

Hi guys, Now that I’m back at Tech I’ll be blogging for the winter term and I’m excited to share my next 10 weeks with you. I’ll begin by talking about the winter break.

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2010 is here!!...and so is my new blog

Happy New Year everybody!! I had a wonderful holiday break—and am now back at Caltech for winter term. Things already seem much different from fall term—I have so much more free time and I am less stressed about coursework (woohoo for underloading!). I cannot tell you all how EXCITED i am about 2009 coming to a close and 2010 being here. I have been waiting for this year since uhhh, forever–I am graduating in a few months! Looking back, 2009 was a good year though there were definitely some very difficult trials; but I learned so much last year and was given numerous opportunities and experiences.

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2009 at Caltech

Welcome to 2010! Let me be yet another person to wish you a Happy New Year, and I hope that this one is happy and healthy for you. This one is especially a big one because I’ve been waiting for this number for many years. Maybe you have been, too! I know I was looking forward to 2006, when I graduated high school (I may be dating myself now…). My advice for these last 5-6 months of high school: enjoy your time at home, with your friends, and in your hometown. I’ll be taking my own advice, except I’ll be making the most out of my last 6 months in SoCal/Pasadena! There’s so much to do, and I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface.OK enough of me giving advice and looking ahead, this post is about “Looking Back,” so let’s see what else I did this year! Rose Bowl: Another event giving me the opportunity to spend time with my House was our trip to the Rose Bowl. You know, where they play that kind of important football game every January 1st? Yup, we get it all to ourselves for an afternoon to play football, chill, and explore the historic stadium!

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Christmas Card Lane

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! One of the things my family takes for granted here in SD during the holidays is the popular Christmas Card Lane. We live less than a mile away---and have to drive right past it to get out of our neighborhood...so we see it everyday, every holiday season..so to us, it's nothing super extraordinary anymore. But for you all who aren't from here...:) Christmas Card Lane is a holiday light display that snakes through a bunch of residential neighborhoods in Rancho Penasquitos in SD. People come from all over SD county (and out of town too!) to walk the streets and see the beautifully decorated houses with large (plywood) Christmas cards on every front lawn. It is really a spectacular sight to see...There are many people walking the streets, caroling, and even horse drawn carriages that are brought out at night. So if you're ever in SD during the holiday season...definitely see it---it's up usually right after Thanksgiving until New Year's!

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2009 at Caltech

Happy Break! Ahhh, I’ve had a busy long weekend. Between Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and a day trip to Atlantic City with my family, the last thing on my mind has been school and schoolwork. But now that things have calmed down before ringing in the New Year, I figured now is as good a time as any to think about what has happened in this year of my life. It’s the last full year that I’ll be a student at Caltech! Never thought of it like that before, but now I’m getting a bit anxious about graduation in 6 months! So here are some of my highlights from this year: Rose Parade: I rang in the New Year in Pasadena! My family and I wanted to see the Rose Parade, since I go to school just around the corner! So we talked to my friend, Diane, who has lived in Pasadena all of her life, and got our seats for the parade. It was so exciting to be in such a familiar place, but see it in a whole new light.

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So long, farewell, adieu to D.C.

Apologies to our dedicated readers for the delay of these posts! The internet connection was pretty shaky and I didn’t know if things were loading on the server, because they certainly weren’t loading on my laptop. I’m currently sitting at Dulles Airport, happily connected to their free wifi. Where have we been? The comprehensive list is as follows: Wednesday was our free morning/noon, and many of us went to see the monuments and memorials. In the afternoon, we headed over to the Department of Energy to talk with Steve Koonin, who actually was at Caltech to give a talk earlier during this term. The National Academy of Sciences was next, and there were equations carved into the floor: and where there was an amazing DNA staircase [extrapolate the double helix]…

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Relaxing...and Shoveling

Hello, there, from chilly, snowed-in NJ!If you are in the northeast, you’re probably snowed in right now. If you’re not…well, then you’re probably warmer than I am right now! I’m enjoying the beginning of my break. What have I been doing? RELAXING! After such a busy term and all, Caltech students really enjoy the breaks so they can spend time with high school friends and family over the Holidays. How have I been relaxing? Well, I LOVE Christmas, so I have been busy baking Christmas cookies for my family’s Christmas Eve celebration on Thursday! Essentially all of Saturday was spent baking, listening to Christmas music, and watching the snow fall. Such a perfect day! The day ended with a snowed-in movie night with my parents. We set up a fire in the fireplace, lit up the tree, and popped in my favorite Christmas movie of all time: “The Year Without a Santa Claus.” Look it up here! Yes, its clay-mation, but it’s SO fun! And it was a nice way to keep me warm on such a chilly night (I think it went down to 20 degrees or something!).

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Celebrating the Holidays at Tech

Hi Everyone! I am really enjoying my well-deserved break after term ended….San Diego is absolutely GORGEOUS during the wintertime (as always!). There is definitely no snow, but there is a change in the winds and it gets a bit chilly at night. This past week and weekend, I’ve been just hanging out with the family, doing some shopping, and enjoying all the downtime.

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Two bloggers in D.C.!

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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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global local culture

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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