Last week was World Fest. That’s a week of events put on by the Caltech Y, the International Student Program, the Diversity Center and a bunch of other groups.
There were tons of booths with food - I think there were like 30 tables or something, which means – 30 types of food! I ate so much!
The Romainian food, already mostly gone
Each table had like 4 or 5 kinds of food, ranging from appetizers to deserts, so we got a huge spectrum of foods. My favorite “food” was the mango lassie from India and the tomato and cucumber salad from Romania. I also liked the pizza from Italy, the bean dish from Columbia, the pad thai and the Chinese noodles.There was so much stuff,and I really liked a lot of it!! There was a bunch of stuff I had never had before, too!
So, I was most excited to see this:
Caltech sustainability worked with the Y and ISP, who organized this event, to get these containers there. They also supplied recyclable plates and utensils. At least it wasn’t going in the trash :)
It was a great chance to catch up with a lot of people too - so many people were there! I saw a bunch of the ASB people again, and a lot of frosh!
After food, we had a cultural show. There were a lot of awesome events:
There were a lot of other events, but I didn’t get pictures of them. There were tons of people too:
After the cultural show, the Caltech Y also showed a movie, Women Rebel. It is about the revolution in Nepal, especially the women who participated (40 percent of the participants were women). The filmmakercame and talked. I had to leave early for bio recitation, butthe Y got a copy and Iwant to watch it soon!
World Fest Week also had a bunch of other events. I am blogging about another one, LiNK, too! The food fair / culture show was really fun and I had a great time / dinner!
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.