Hi again! Hope you’re ahving a great holiday season no matter where you are in the world!
I happen to be at home in the great north: Canada! Life here is just a tad bit different from life on the sunny west coast of California. For one, there’s snow, and lots of it too. The temperature here gets pretty cold so I’ve been holed up inside most days, usually wrapped up in a blanket with a good book. Today the weather is slightly better at -12C (or about 10F) so I decided to go out for a walk in the woods. There’s something quite fresh about seeing your own breath and feeling the chill in the extremities of your fingers and toes. While heading back home I even saw some people out for a run, braving the cold. That’s a little taste of Canada for you!
Other than lounging around, I’ve been trying to improve my cooking skills. At Caltech we get food on the weekdays provided by Caltech Dining Services but on the weekends we are left to fend for ourselves. Over the course of first term I have experimented with many different ways of coping with the weekends. I survived some days solely on goldfish (those crunchy, cheesy, delish smiling fish-shaped crackers). Other weekends I feasted on chicken salad sandwiches from the C-store. Only later in the term, did I finally decide to check out the quaint little restaurants on Lake Street (about a 5 minute walk). There were also the occasional days when I was feeling especially productive and walked to the grocery store and came back to cook dinner. Cooking was really fun because it would usually end in a group of four or five frosh trying to figure out how to open a can without a can opener. We would always make a mess but in the end, we did manage to feed ourselves and that’s all that matters!
This was a particularly successful attempt at making pasta. Yum!
I’d like to think that my cooking skills have improved slightly over the break. I have been cooking a bit and baking a bit. I added a few of my creations below: dark chocolate pomegranate bark and lobster tail!
Hopefully I’ll find the time to put my cooking to the test next term and perhaps there will be less midnight expeditions to the C-store for goldfish! That will be my goal for next year/term.
Caltech may be a small campus, but it has a large variety of food options. There are three main dining locations on campus — The Lee F. Browne Dining Hall, the Hameetman Center (which houses our beloved Red Door Cafe), and the Broad Café.
As a Caltech student, I obviously have a love for STEM. But for me, that love is incomplete without the bigger picture—the role that STEM can play in helping society. That connection between science and humanity served as the initial motivation for one of my primary passions: organizing for environmental justice.
Now that the 2021 baseball season has come to close, I want to take a little trip down memory lane to the 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs. To set the scene, after an exciting wild card game win, the Washington Nationals (my team) began a five game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers win the first and third game of the series, and the Nationals win the second and fourth game, making game five a do-or-die situation. The final game took place at Dodgers Stadium, a mere 20 minute drive from Caltech. I pounced on this opportunity, going to the game with my fellow baseball-fanatic and Caltech student, Arya.