I was very fortunate to have been invited as a special guest at a small donor appreciation dinner at the Athenaeum this past Wednesday night.
For those of you who don’t know what the Athenaeum is, it’s a private membership
club located on the Caltech campus. It currently has over 3,500 members
including Caltech faculty, trustees, alumni, grads students, undergrads, etc. The building and facilities (including tennis courts!) are ABSOLUTELY gorgeous and is constantly being used for wedding ceremonies and receptions on the weekends. It also has the most AMAZING food during lunch and dinner!
What is also really cool?—It’s located right next to the student houses! Walk east on the Olive Walk and you will be lead straight to the steps of the Athenaeum! I also remember my freshman year when I first saw the Ath, there was a film crew all over the grounds–turns out, they were filming scenes for the TV show, UGLY BETTY during it’s first season!
Anyway, the appreciation dinner I had with the alums, and Andy Sudol, the Director of Annual Giving Programs was fabulous. It was fun to talk with the alums about the fun stories and experiences they had when they were students in the 60s (one of the alums had Kip Thorne as a classmate, and the other took classes with Richard Feynman!). In turn, I also enjoyed speaking about my own experiences and the campus today.
The food was amazing—as always. I was STUFFED from the extensive buffet spread, YUM! I also enjoyed the beautiful Christmas and holiday decorations in the foyer. It really got me into the holiday spirit! There was a gigantic Christmas tree that was so gorgeous and smelled so wonderful!
I tried to take pictures with it—but there were too many lights from the tree, that my camera simply could not focus on my face…but you get the idea: it was breathtaking
Deck the Ath with boughs of holly….
I look so tiny next to the Christmas tree!
Me, investigating to see if the tree was really real…
When we think of Caltech and the Avengers, most of us would not make any sort of direct connections between the two. The only connection that comes to my mind is that many Caltech students enjoy Marvel and the Avengers. But what if we made another sort of connection. Where instead of Caltech students liking the Avengers, the Caltech students WERE the Avengers. If this was the case, what major would each Avenger be? (Note: For my emotional well-being, in this scenario, everyone is alive and happy with their lives at Caltech)
On May 8, the Washington Nationals came to Los Angeles Angels for a lovely Mother’s Day Game. I, being a D.C. native and avid Nationals fan, of course had to attend– the Nationals play the Angels very rarely because they play in different leagues and on opposite coasts. My dad and I have a goal of going to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, and we had to take advantage of our home team being in L.A., so my mom and dad both flew out for the weekend.
As I write this blog, I’m sitting on a grassy knoll on Pomona-Pitzer’s campus. It’s the last match of my final season of tennis here at Caltech. It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling to be done with my college tennis career (unless I decide to use my final year of NCAA eligibility, granted to athletes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic). Being a part of the women’s tennis team here has been a defining part of my identity and where I met my community on campus. In this blog, I want to discuss a bit of the process of becoming an NCAA athlete, the Caltech experience of handling schoolwork and a sport, and my take on how it affected my growth here.