I’ve been meaning to do this kind of a blog post for a very
long time! I was finally motivated enough (it took a HUGE butterscotch pudding to motivate me) to
go out with a camera and snap away the pretty flowers around campus. My camera
skills are not top-notch, so keep in mind Caltech’s actually way prettier in
real-life. It was really sunny and I really don’t know how to adjust my camera settings, so sorry if there’s a whole lot of glare…Caltech is very clean, but not everything is so…electric white?
After four years here, I still don’t know if we actually
have a main entrance (I think it’s the side from Wilson into Millikan just
because there’s a lot of flowers, but I started my walk from the side next to
I don’t know what this building is for, but it’s pretty! Behind it is Avery and Annenberg.
And bunch of white roses (there were more behind me, but they are not in full bloom yet).
Purple flowers! Even our parking lots are pretty :)(Ok, I don’t think we have flowers inside our parking lot structures, but hey, we have flowers and trees everywhere.)
Behind the wedding cake.
Oooh…yellow flowers instead of purple flowers. This tree must be a rebel…
Apparently, they look like p-orbitals. I kind of see it, but I still think they look more like a bunch of grapes.
A great lunch spot by the BI.
So behind BI, there’s a HUGE field. It’s fun to roll around here for a bit.
Oooh…Broad. With more pretty flowers! They look a bit wilted though :( I guess it’s getting a bit hot and dry here.
It’s an alley behind Schlinger and it smells awesome. (Rosemaries!)
That’s Noyes! (and Schlinger on the right)
That’s Church and Crellin. If you are lucky, you might be able to see some squirrels sprawled out on the floor below this tree or even on front of the door on hot days. I saw this twice and it was hilarious.
Outside the campus.
Another pretty resting spot. I think this is Church and Kerckhoff.
Oooh, roses. It’s too pretty here! It must be the Huntington Library Gardens!!!
Ah, wait! It is the library…the Millikan Library! Millikan looks so pretty during the summer months. Don’t you agree?
The other side of the Millikan library.
This is by the geology buildings. I think it looks a rhombohedron. Truthfully, I have no clue what this is supposed to be.
Observatory! Looks a bit like R2-D2…
Road leading to the gym and the underground parking lot. So pretty :3 (My apologies to whoever is driving the vehicle…I was in bit of a rush so I couldn’t wait until you were out of the picture…)
There’s a bird that looks like a white heron that visits this lily pond quite a bit.
In the Dabney gardens (the humanities building, not the house).
Well, that’s it folks! Caltech is super pretty and purple during this time of the year, but during Spring, the entire campus is filled with pink flowers! If you can, do visit and enjoy a stroll! Until next time, -Dong Woo
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:
It’s crazy to think that it has been four years now since I was applying to college. I remember it vividly. This week we’re spending some time reflecting on our personal admissions processes, and how we ended up at Caltech. There’s one question though that I wanted to spin out into a separate post: “what advice would you give to the admitted class of 2025?” And I think the best way to do this is to tell a more detailed story than I did in my other post.
These past six months have been a whirlwind- from having to move out of Caltech housing in March within a week’s notice due to COVID-19, to starting the first term of my junior year, I’ve definitely experienced a lot of change. When I went home in March, it was to a completely new state-my family moved from Chino, CA to New Jersey in January (great timing, huh?). While I missed seeing my friends from home, it was fun to have the chance to explore a completely new place. The pandemic obviously limited what I could see and do, but I got to experience walks through nature and along rivers normally foreign to a SoCal native and had some time to focus on bioinformatics research for the lab I work with on campus.