Adventures off-campus, plus a night of dancing? Yes please! This last Friday, I took a trip to San Diego with some friends and my boyfriend Paul to see another one of my friends, Ian, compete in a breakdancing battle. (Interestingly enough, it seems like dancing in SD is a thing with Techers… check out Teo’s blog about ithere)
Before we got there, we stopped by Coldstone for some noms. Paul got an obnoxious amount of ice cream!! The picture doesn’t really do it justice.
The competition was held at a small lounge sort of area at UC San Diego. It was free, which was kind of a relief on my Caltech-student budget. :)
The style of the competition was a two-vs-two battle in which each team would take turns showcasing their different skills. There were three judges who watched and would decide on the spot which team would advance to the next round. The spectator section was pretty awesome–it was just on the ground right next to the dancers! Paul, Staci, and I got really good spots right in front.
Here’s the dance floor!
The judges sat right in front of the dancers. Each dancer was graded on several things: musicality, power, style, and how well they responded to the other team. It was surprisingly very friendly for a competition: even though each dancer was fighting to be better than the others, at the end of the round they’d all shake hands and high five and stuff.
This kid below was like 14 years old! But he was still really really good.
There were even some girls who competed. I totally wish I could be as ballin’ as they were! :D
So overall, Ian made it to the top 8! It was super fun and a totally new experience for me. The breakdancing culture and lifestyle is really chill, and you could tell there were some people that put their heart and soul into it. What I also really liked was how informal it was–everyone just mingled in, and anyone could sign up to be in the competition. It was really inspirational, and a lot of fun to get out of Pasadena for a night!
As always, questions and comments are most appreciated :)
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.