Go to bed frosh, Ditch Day is tomorrow!
Well, the real Ditch Day finally came around! Before Ditch Day, the senior class hosts a series of ‘fakes’. The fake right before the real Ditch Day involves underclassmen chasing seniors around and taping them to trees, pictured below. I think it’s pretty weird, but it’s a tradition of sorts.
For Ditch Day, I participated in a Mario Party themed stack. We were split into 4 teams: Yoshi, Koopa, Daisy, and Waluigi. By rolling a huge cardboard dice, we’d progress along the board, and by playing mini games, we would earn coins to eventually buy stars! The team with most stars and coins at the end would win.
The day started off by hitting huge boxes, which contained our t-shirts, with a baseball bat. Then, we were split up into two groups. Two groups went to do the escape room first, and the other two groups went to play outdoor games on the South Fields. I thought the escape room was really well done, and it was fun! The mini games on the South Fields were also fun, especially one where we raced around the track on various carts (a skateboard, a cart, a wagon, and a small square thing with wheels??). During the race, the person on the cart gave directions to avoid obstacles on the track while the person pushing the cart was blindfolded.
In the afternoon, we went off-campus to Grand Central Market and the Broad Museum, where we did two scavenger hunts. Afterwards, we went to GlowZone at Huntington Beach, where we played games and bowled. Overall, it was a super fun day, and my most fun Ditch Day so far!
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.