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.
The thing is since I don’t know, I’m always waiting by the phone and obsessively checking my e-mail and mailbox. So that means in addition to the stress associated with midterms week (I have two midterms, both of which will be a pretty big challenge), I have the basal stress of waiting for decisions. Fortunately, I have some amazing friends here at Caltech! They make things so much better, and can take my mind off of whatever is getting me anxious at the moment. I’m so grateful for them every day!
Well, I guess back to waiting. I’ll keep you posted!
You’re squished with all your dorm essentials in the back of the car and your parents in the front trying to find parking. Emotions are high: Will you make friends? Will classes be too hard? What’s your roommate going to be like?
So you’ve done it! You’re going to attend Caltech, one of your dream schools, and you can officially call yourself a Techer. Maybe you grew up in sunny Southern California or, like me, moved thousands of miles from the East Coast (where they actually have seasons.) Regardless of how familiar you are with Pasadena or the Caltech campus before attending, becoming a student is a unique and new experience. Life at Caltech can be fun, but it is also one of the most rigorous schools in the world. It is important that your own health and wellbeing is always a top priority, regardless of whatever commitments you have on your plate.
Senior year tends to differ widely between different folks. Some have finished nearly all their major requirements, while others will be working through their classes all the way until graduation. My friends and I all fall on different points along this spectrum, but we all have something in common: we’re ready for second and third term.