Seattle SeaFair is a summer festival that has a bunch of events, including yacht races and more, but the main event I attended was the Blue Angels performance. The Blue Angels is the US Navy flight demonstration unit, and when they perform, they do loops, fly right past each other at speed, and other amazing aerobatics.
To first get to the area where they were performing, I had to take the bus for an hour and then walk through a well-lit but slightly sketch tunnel towards the highway. They actually closed off the highway so that people could stand on it and watch as the Blue Angels performed above Lake Washington! If there hadn’t been other people walking the same way, I’m not sure I would’ve made it🤔
The performance was really cool! The planes can choose to let out white smoke when they’re doing tricks, so you can really see what they’re doing. The airplanes are also very loud, so a lot of people were wearing over-ear headphones to block out the noise. I did cover my ears for parts of it when the planes came close, so it would’ve been a good idea for me to bring headphones too.
Below I’ve included photos of them spiraling in a tight loop upwards thousands of feet, making a huge loop in the sky with about 5 planes flying next to each other, and doing other coordinated aerobatics! The performance lasted about 45 minutes to an hour.
One of the most exciting aspects of college life is the freedom that students enjoy when living on their own. When most students think about college life, one of the first things that comes to mind is Greek life, with the many sororities and fraternities on campuses across the country. While Caltech does not have Greek life, per se, we do have a unique housing system, similar to that of Hogwarts. There are eight houses and one residence on campus: Avery, Blacker, Dabney, Fleming, Lloyd, Page, Ricketts, Ruddock, and the Bechtel Residence. Each of the houses has its own unique culture, character, and traditions. I am a member of Ruddock House!
This past year was so different than most of us could have ever imagined. Living in “the virtual school year” posed a plethora of challenges, but at the same time, it opened the door to new possibilities. As a society, we learned how to better operate in a virtual world, and as individuals, we had time for new endeavors. For myself, this meant taking the leap of faith to move away from home and live with some fellow Techers. While I had already had the experience of moving away from home and coming to live in the Caltech houses, this was quite different. Instead of living in organized student residences with hundreds of other students, a meal plan, and tons of support resources, I was about to go live with just 5 other people (some of which I did not know super well) and we had to find and manage our own housing, food, and necessities.
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: