Almost all nine floors are now offices, and most books that used to be in Millikan are now in Sherman-Fairchild Library, which has been renovated and houses a ton of group study rooms with large screens and whiteboards, as well as a bank of computers on the first floor.
At the beginning of this year, the Library Committee reopened the ninth and highest floor of Millikan Library as a study space for students. The last time I went into Millikan was September 2013, before classes started, touring around, looking for a good place to study before I even had homework! Back then, all of the shelving was being removed and the place was a general construction pit.
But look at it nowwwww:
Did I mention that Millikan Library is the tallest building in Pasadena? Or at least one of the tallest. Ninth floor Millikan now has not only the best views on campus, but also the best views in the city.
So between classes and a SWE (Society of Women Engineers) meeting today, I went to ninth floor Millikan to start work on my Math 3 (statistics and probability) problem set instead of going back to my House. I got halfway through in an hour before hitting the hard problems, which I’m going to need to ask a tutor or another person in the class about. The good news? I have three close friends who are tutors for Math 3, and almost every other sophomore is taking that class. I don’t think I’m going to run out of help or study buddies any time soon.
This is the first week I’ve had a problem set due in all of my classes, which means I have four PSets due by next Tuesday. I’m going on the ARC retreat this weekend, which means I’ll have even less time on campus to get help on any of my sets if I need it. I’m about halfway done with two of them, and the other two I haven’t started yet (cue the “eek” monkey emoji here). Wish me luck!
Do you prefer working in a library or your room? I spent most of my group work time in the library my frosh year, but now I find myself holed up in Page House the majority of the year. Does it make a difference for you?
Four weeks before graduation! While I’m looking forward to the summer and all the fun it promises, I’m also reflecting on my undergraduate experience over the past few years. This is a blog about my favorite classes during my time here, some expected and others less so. As a Computer Science major, no CS classes actually make my final cut, but my top three favorite classes all fall into the realm of Neuroscience, my other primary academic interest.
I remember being a junior in HS and my APCS partner, Brooke, had just gotten accepted into Caltech. She was looking at the course catalog for humanities courses during class (instead of working on our project) and shaking her head at the offerings. When May rolled around, she told me part of the reason she didn’t choose to go to Caltech was how the humanities courses seemed to be “too scientific,” with classes that integrated history with quantum physics, etc. A year later, when I was in the same situation, I decided to matriculate to Caltech for its strong STEM offerings, but felt some anxiety about how my love of the humanities would be fed during my four years of undergraduate education.
One of the most well-known benefits of being a Caltech student is the infamous 3:1 student to faculty ratio, which implies a personalized, interactive undergraduate experience with world-class research scientists. It was a primary reason why I chose Caltech above other schools as a high school senior. Now as my time at Caltech comes to a close, I can reflect back on my interactions with different professors and consider if this 3:1 ratio really “lives up to the hype.” I believe the answer is yes.
Below I have ranked all of the classes I took over 8 terms at Caltech. I ranked based on my overall enjoyment of the course, which depended on my interest in the subject, the quality of course, and the various topics/projects covered. The courses in the middle I did not have strong feelings for and had a hard time justifying their position besides gut feeling, so I did not provide reasoning for those.