Today was the first day of the our San Diego Alternative Spring break trip!We departed from Caltech super early at 7:30am in the morning to drive down to San Diego. We arrived to volunteer at the 23rd Annual Women's Resouce Fair at the San Diego Civic Center hosted by the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Programorganized annually by a Task Force made up of volunteers from the San Diego community. Even though the weather was gloomy and overcast, our spirits were high as we were eager to help out. We learned from Fair organizers that the fair provides a huge variety ofsocial, medical and legal services, as well as employment information and shelter referralsfor low-income, recovering, homeless and abusedwomen and their children. This wide spectrum of services is funded byLawyers Club of San Diego, the San Diego County Bar Association and the San Diego County Bar Foundation.
In this outreach program, there were so many providers with a huge volunteer force was in attendance.
*Hundreds of volunteers and attendees.*
In addition, there was a Medical Area with organizations ranging from Nurse Associations to Mental Hospitals to substance abuse help. Many nurses, lab technicians, and doctors were onsite to provide medical assistance.There were many medical examination rooms doing mammograms, pregnancy education, STD testing, pap smears, dental screening and massage therapy. There was even a Cosmetology school providing manicures.
*Various medical services were provided by health care volunteers.*
The social services volunteers provided include domestic and sexual assault services; education and employment advice; food, nutrition, health, legal, parenting and drug recovery counseling.In addition, there were many useful and practical workshops ranging from Self-Defense to Mary Kay Make Up Tutorial to Career Counseling to Job Search.A large section of the Fair was legal clinics that provided legal counseling with volunteer lawyers.
*Job search Seminar.*
There was a large children's center that catered to mother and children needs such as health care and learning. There were even tooth fairies walking around giving out tooth brushes to promote healthy dental care.
**There were around 400 women and children who attended and our task was to hand out lunches and gift sacks to all of the participants and volunteers.We started out with large mountains of sack lunches but the joy and gratitude from the women who were thankful for our help made our work load easier.
*The mountains of lunches for the hundreds of volunteers and attendees.*
We also hand delivered sack lunches and waters to the hundred of volunteers. Even though the weather was overcast, we enthusiastically worked with underprivileged women and volunteered our time to help them find the resource and guidance they needed to improve their skill set and quality of their lives. Through interacting withSan Diego women and children in need, we gained exposure to those who are less fortunate than us.It was a busy but fruitful day.
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.
Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to intern at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) under the mentorship of senior research technologist Dr. Xiaoqing Pi. Dr. Pi’s guidance and mentorship has been instrumental to the development and success of my internship at JPL, where I use machine-learning to enhance the accuracy and integrity of navigation and communication signals. In addition to helping me develop an understanding of atmospheric and ionospheric remote sensing and machine-learning, Dr. Pi has often offered his insights on how to improve my researching skills. Dr. Pi was generous enough to take the time to answer a few questions regarding his research and advice for future student interns. I believe many students can benefit from some of the lessons that he has taught me:
The transition period to remote learning was a very uncertain time, especially for research and the Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program. Many hands-on projects had to pivot at the last minute to facilitate off-campus contributions. However, many Techers were able to take advantage of the research opportunities offered at Caltech and JPL to make the best out of remote learning and research. To paint a picture, I’ve interviewed a few talented Techers for some insight on what researching from home looks like for them.