The Inauguration of Caltech’s 9th President, Dr. Rosenbaum, was declared an Institute holiday. This means no classes or sets due! We celebrated by sleeping in and getting off campus for brunch at Urth Cafe. Urth has an amazing selection of teas and sweet coffee drinks, and an extensive and delicious menu. It’s a great place to go with friends on the weekends, or family when they come to visit!
I have a bad habit of always ordering the same items at my favorite restaurants. This is particularly evident at Urth Cafe, because I go there often (3-4 times a term), and usually with the same people, so they notice (and know my order by heart). I freeze up when presented with an abundance of delicous-sounding choices…and partly out of fear of making the wrong decision, I go with what I know works well. This is not an over-exaggeration; I have ordered the same two items every single time I have been to Urth Cafe.
Small Honey Vanilla Latte with almond milk.
Pictured: Honey Vanilla latte. Super sweet, super tasty.
Caramelized banana bread pudding.
This is not necessarily a bad thing: these two make for an amazing brunch. But I have a feeling that if I expanded my horizons, I could discover new, amazing things.
That’s a rather deep analysis of learning to order an omelette.
On the weekend of April 16th, my friends and I participated in the first ever Southern California College Poker Tournament! The tournament was for college students in the SoCal area with a $0 buy-in that doubled as a recruiting event for quant and finance firms. A senior friend of mine (Vanessa, a fellow blogger) put together a team of five girls who had no interest in being recruited and just wanted to have fun playing poker.
One of Caltech’s many clubs is the RISE tutoring program, where undergraduate students connect with local high schoolers and provide tutoring in various STEM subjects. I only became a tutor this academic year, but the experience has been so rewarding for me and, hopefully, also for the students I tutor.
Usually, while writing this post, I would be at Caltech playing volleyball. I begin school eith preseason, which for those unfamiliar (or are planning on joining women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, men’s waterpolo, or cross country) is a 5 week long period before school begins where the sports teams I listed before practice and compete. My life during preseason is basically volleyball 24/7. Two practices a day (during school only one) and game days three days a week. No school work to worry about, spending time with my teammates all day, a nice refresher before school begins.
Every year, the Caltech Society of Women Engineers attends the National SWE conference to network with other SWE Chapters and to hustle for jobs. Last year, the event was in Minneapolis, and the year before in Austin. This time around, it’s in Anaheim which is much more convenient for us. Since it is much closer, we were able to send many more delegates to attend and miss fewer classes in the process of doing so.