WELL GEEZ Have I had a crazy week! I believe last time I chatted with you kids it was around when I got my haircut last Saturday. Well I promised I would tell you all about the music festival, so here we go!
So for those of you that really don’t know, this festival was supposedly world wide. However, I’ll give you “version Paris point oh”
So what it is: anyone who wants to give a free little concert to passersby on the street basically tells some guys what their plan is. These guys use this info to assemble a little program that lets all the people in Paris know who’s playing what, where and when.
WHY IT’S AWESOME: no police set up any road blocks. This equals tons of people crowding the streets and cars still being allowed to drive through!!! So basically throughout the day, on almost every little street corner someone is playing something, be it African “tribal” music, rock, opera, Native American music (not even joking), crazy hardcore metal rockers, pop music DJ setups… you name it! And of course huge crowds are amassing around all these musicians (well the good ones at least!).
Anyway that’s some fun from the music festival…
Quite spacious compared to singles at Tech! And only 120 euros a month!!! Thanks French tax payers! :D
Anyway, the move was quite smooth except that I forgot to ask for a receipt from the taxi driver, so I had to call the company and use my weak French skills to try and figure out how to get a freaking receipt. My lab won’t cover the cab if I don’t get the receipt (which of course makes sense) so hopefully the G7 cab company will pull through! The lady that helped me move in, Madame Vigouroux, is EXTREMELY sweet and easy to understand to (some people speak French so fast here I have no idea what they’re saying 99% of the time!).
Coming up: my code works but my data sucks, lab barbeque, international student cocktail party, doctor’s appointment, London… I’ll keep you posted!
SURF, short for Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, is a quintessential experience for any Caltech student. It is a widely accessible research fellowship for Caltech students that funds your proposed research for one summer term. While many of my classmates did their first SURF the summer after their freshman year, I sent in my first application to the program as a sophomore. As a CS major, I was trying to chase meaningful work that intersected computation with the field of neuroscience. I ended up doing a SURF at the Stanford School of Medicine that first year, studying hand gestures in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since then, I’ve been working in the research space of applying computational analyses to ASD.
This summer, from the confines of my Brooklyn apartment, you could find me typing away on a tiny 13-inch laptop screen. At times I was looking for answers on countless Stack Exchange pages, editing a Jupyter notebook, or making blood flow measurements on a software called Arterys. This was my 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURF) experience.
Almost a year ago now, I was just about to start my first Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at JPL. NASA had sent out an email to all of their summer interns containing a social media template to announce that we had been selected as NASA interns. Excited to show my NASA pride, I posted it on my Instagram story, unaware of what would come out of this small action.
Hey hey! We’re starting a series where I walk you through my best finds for food and drinks in the Pasadena region, and in the LA metropolitan area. Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, if you will (although, for copyright reasons we can’t call it that). As you explore your college options, I firmly believe that food and location are more important than your high school guidance counselor may lead you to believe. And I’m here to share my best finds from my time at Caltech with you.