This past weekend, Ruddock decided to host a frosh party. Now, even though it’s exclusively for “frosh,” a ton of upperclassmen hang out with us as well. All of us really like to have some gambling every now and then (not with real money of course), so Ruddock let’s us hone our skills by pitting us against each other in poker, craps, roulette, the whole works. They lined up stacks of chips for us, and we can take as many as we want.
(Ok, for those people who really like gambling…this may have been a little fake, but hey, it’s still pretty intense!)
Plus, we got a dance floor set up outside with the Ruddock DJs and a couple of..hammers…
Ok, you can’t really see what it looks like in this picture, but this thing is taller than I am (although I’m a short person, so that’s not saying much…)
And bottom, here’s one of the Ruddock DJs, getting the party started!
Oh and did I mention the food? Ruddock organizers are called “iguanas,” and the food iguana laid out a pretty impressive array of food. Unfortunately, by the time I remembered to get my camera, all of it was gone…
Hope to see you guys here next year!
P.S. Oh yea, one of the great things about Caltech? If people throw things out, (like speakers), there’s always someone who knows how to fix it. Ruddock got some pretty nice surround sound from “junk” that was just thrown out a couple of days before. One of the other DJs figured out what was wrong, patched it up, and got it ready for Frosh Party. Pretty intense.
Whenever I tell someone that Caltech has an undergraduate population of less than one thousand people, their first reaction is disbelief. “Really?” they exclaim. “You must know everyone! How can you get a real college experience with so few undergrads?”
One of the most exciting aspects of college life is the freedom that students enjoy when living on their own. When most students think about college life, one of the first things that comes to mind is Greek life, with the many sororities and fraternities on campuses across the country. While Caltech does not have Greek life, per se, we do have a unique housing system, similar to that of Hogwarts. There are eight houses and one residence on campus: Avery, Blacker, Dabney, Fleming, Lloyd, Page, Ricketts, Ruddock, and the Bechtel Residence. Each of the houses has its own unique culture, character, and traditions. I am a member of Ruddock House!
This past year was so different than most of us could have ever imagined. Living in “the virtual school year” posed a plethora of challenges, but at the same time, it opened the door to new possibilities. As a society, we learned how to better operate in a virtual world, and as individuals, we had time for new endeavors. For myself, this meant taking the leap of faith to move away from home and live with some fellow Techers. While I had already had the experience of moving away from home and coming to live in the Caltech houses, this was quite different. Instead of living in organized student residences with hundreds of other students, a meal plan, and tons of support resources, I was about to go live with just 5 other people (some of which I did not know super well) and we had to find and manage our own housing, food, and necessities.