I made it safely! :D I almost missed my connection in
Washington, DC, because my first flight was delayed 45 minutes…I ran (like
Usain Bolt…haha gotta put in something for the Olympics :P) from D12 to C1 in
10 mins to make it to the second flight. When I arrived, I got through
immigration perfectly fine, but unfortunately my checked in luggage didn’t make
the connection. So, I’m hoping it arrives today. Anyways, I was able to meet up
with Cici Li, a senior ChemE who is studying abroad at Cambridge, at London
Heathrow airport (its really big!) even though we ended up in different
terminals than expected. We took the Tube (London’s public transportation
system-which really gets you everywhere, much more convenient than the LA
Metro) to meet up with Joel and George, two UCL students who were previously at
Caltech as exchange students for an entire year. They took us around London the
entire afternoon, and needless to say, I’m really excited for UCL! The
university is really in the heart of London and everything is within walking
distance. The weather was beautiful (Cici must have brought the lovely
California sunshine with her :P) and I took lots of photos so enjoy!
We only had some airplane food and some pizza all day, so we didn’t realize how famished and tired we were until we sat down at The Court for dinner. The food was great and here’s what Cici and I ordered:
Lack of sleep on a redeye flight and walking for several hours =time to sleep now.
I’ll be heading off to Greece tomorrow, but until next time, let me know if you want to see more photos, have any questions, or have any suggestions on places to visit in London, UK, or Europe :)
One of the most exciting aspects of college life is the freedom that students enjoy when living on their own. When most students think about college life, one of the first things that comes to mind is Greek life, with the many sororities and fraternities on campuses across the country. While Caltech does not have Greek life, per se, we do have a unique housing system, similar to that of Hogwarts. There are eight houses and one residence on campus: Avery, Blacker, Dabney, Fleming, Lloyd, Page, Ricketts, Ruddock, and the Bechtel Residence. Each of the houses has its own unique culture, character, and traditions. I am a member of Ruddock House!
This past year was so different than most of us could have ever imagined. Living in “the virtual school year” posed a plethora of challenges, but at the same time, it opened the door to new possibilities. As a society, we learned how to better operate in a virtual world, and as individuals, we had time for new endeavors. For myself, this meant taking the leap of faith to move away from home and live with some fellow Techers. While I had already had the experience of moving away from home and coming to live in the Caltech houses, this was quite different. Instead of living in organized student residences with hundreds of other students, a meal plan, and tons of support resources, I was about to go live with just 5 other people (some of which I did not know super well) and we had to find and manage our own housing, food, and necessities.
My favorite part about Caltech is the Houses! The easiest way to describe them is as Hogwarts houses: each has their own personality and group of people and the first thing you do at Caltech is go through a “sorting” process. The people are what makes the Houses at Caltech so great. As a frosh, it’s amazing to be able to come in and immediately have a group of 100+ people to support you. Because the Houses have students from every grade, you make friends with upperclassmen and can ask for help on tons of things like: