I've talked about how preseason prefrosh have a fair amount of free time on their hands, but not really about what we do. Instead of blogging about listing all the fun events and activities,I'm just gonna focus on the firsts I've experienced since preseason started.
For the first of my firsts, before Caltech I had never picked fruit off a tree and eaten it. The Fleming courtyard, which happens to be right next to Dabney's, has two orange trees. For a while I was skeptical about how they would taste because it's like fruit, on a tree. The concept just didn't make sense in my head; when I picture oranges I see them at the grocery store. So anyways, one morning, coming back from the practice rooms, I see a couple soccer guys sitting at the table eating oranges. I tried a piece and it was perfect! So of course, now I just have to climb the tree myself. I'm not the most skilled of tree climbers, but made it up and down safely and got some good oranges. Luckily, we had someone catching the oranges from below so I had my hands for climbing and we had unsmushed oranges. I think the effort put into attaining the fruit contributed to how good it tasted, but the lower ones that we can hit down with a stick still taste pretty darn good.
This past weekend, fellow blogger, Sarah, a couple other Techers, and I went to see the US Olympic Women's Soccer Team play at the Home Depot Center. I've never been to such a large-scaled sporting event before. It was super exciting seeing everyone play, especially now that we're in the middle of our season. Australia scored once in the first half, and we pulled out two goals in the second half for the win, but it kept me engaged for the whole ninety plus minutes.
I've also never heard the word janky, which basically means sketchy. Something I did which was kind of janky was give someone a haircut, which is also a first. A friend needed a haircut and the notion of cutting off someone's hair seemed fun!So not having done this before, we made a deal that if I did a poor job, he could cut mine as well.Those arts and crafts I did as a kid paid off because I still have hair. Haircuts are actually quite common on campus; I know of a couple preseason athletes who have buzzers that they use. I mean, if all we used was scissors, a comb, and a lot of YouTube clips, how hard could it really be?
KPop is something I wasn't exposed to before coming here. My roommate showed it to me and it's intense, in the sense that there's this deep story that's behind every song. We can't understand what they're saying, but from the tone and music video the story can be deduced. These past couple of nights we've listened to KPop before bed; I've been trying to make it more of a bedtime karoake without success. Stumbling over syllables turns out isn't exactly a lullaby, but we're usually ready for sleep from sports anyways. Well I'm off to bed, goodnight!
Almost a year ago now, I was just about to start my first Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at JPL. NASA had sent out an email to all of their summer interns containing a social media template to announce that we had been selected as NASA interns. Excited to show my NASA pride, I posted it on my Instagram story, unaware of what would come out of this small action.
Hey hey! We’re starting a series where I walk you through my best finds for food and drinks in the Pasadena region, and in the LA metropolitan area. Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, if you will (although, for copyright reasons we can’t call it that). As you explore your college options, I firmly believe that food and location are more important than your high school guidance counselor may lead you to believe. And I’m here to share my best finds from my time at Caltech with you.
Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to intern at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) under the mentorship of senior research technologist Dr. Xiaoqing Pi. Dr. Pi’s guidance and mentorship has been instrumental to the development and success of my internship at JPL, where I use machine-learning to enhance the accuracy and integrity of navigation and communication signals. In addition to helping me develop an understanding of atmospheric and ionospheric remote sensing and machine-learning, Dr. Pi has often offered his insights on how to improve my researching skills. Dr. Pi was generous enough to take the time to answer a few questions regarding his research and advice for future student interns. I believe many students can benefit from some of the lessons that he has taught me:
The transition period to remote learning was a very uncertain time, especially for research and the Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program. Many hands-on projects had to pivot at the last minute to facilitate off-campus contributions. However, many Techers were able to take advantage of the research opportunities offered at Caltech and JPL to make the best out of remote learning and research. To paint a picture, I’ve interviewed a few talented Techers for some insight on what researching from home looks like for them.