Well, if last week seemed busy, then I don’t know what to call this week! Last week we had the Caltech Dance Show and you can’t have any show without many stage rehearsals! Since most people involved in the performance are either working or studying at Caltech, the rehearsal schedule had to be fit to all our working schedules which is why there were some rehearsals that started at 8am and others at 9pm. I was also sick for most of last week so by the end of the week I started wondering how this could ever be done. By the way, Caltech has an amazing Health Center with very nice people who do a good job of helping you get better. I lost my voice for two days so I went over there and croaked out what my problem was and I got medicines and instructions that helped a lot!
I great thing about the Caltech Dance Show is that everyone in it is doing it mostly for fun and not for some private semi-professional ambitions. This relieves the atmosphere and makes the process all the more enjoyable. I haven’t performed since sophomore year of High School and honestly I thought that I’d never perform again! I was wrong! I got to get back on stage and even do a solo! Also, I got to wear fake eyelashes again! Here are some photos.
Here we are all nervous and waiting in line to draw our cards.
Today is a rather special day for Frosh! Today w have to declare our majors. I’m declaring Physics with condensed matter as my area of interest. Wish me luck!
…Or, How a Disciple of Bethany Ehlmann, a Former Desert Militiaman, Moore Lab Subbasement Dwellers, Roblox’s Newest Intern, a Florida Man, and a Luminous Plasma Scientist Went to War with the Caltech Mail Center, Got Double-Crossed by AirGas Corp., Survived Three COVID Outbreaks, and Nearly Stranded Themselves in the Mojave in order to Send a Bag of Peanuts to Space (A True Story).
Every midterm week and final week, Page House Peer Advocates (PAs) put on a de-stressing event. This term for midterms, the PAs hosted a painting night in conjunction with a Page dessert night. (Every Thursday, the House gives $60 to a pageboy (a member of Page) to buy a bunch of dessert and snacks for the house for dessert night.). They provided canvases, paint brushes, and a variety of paint colors for the night. It was a really fun and relaxing time to stop working on sets or studying for midterms for a bit and hangout with friends.
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.