It’s the start of reading week, where UCL students get a
week to catch up on reading, work, and revise (review notes). A lot of students
go home or travel if they are caught up on their work.
I decided to visit Edinburgh this past weekend and got to meet up with Henry,
Jody, Ketaki, Josie, Gustaf, and Fil :) Gustaf and Fil are past exchange
students that studied at Caltech for a year. Edinburgh is so beautiful-the four
hour train ride went by some lovely sights. My favorite part of Edinburgh was
being able to catch up with old friends again and hike up to Arthur’s Seat. Conway,Carrie,
and our other UCL friends also came up as well. The view was stunning and
Edinburgh Castle is so majestic. Although it was about 10 degrees Fahrenheit
colder than London, it was really nice seeing the sun again.
Here are some photos:
If you are at tech, Good luck with all your midterms!
Studying at Caltech is a lot like crewing a spaceship. You get to work alongside some of the most talented people on Earth, you’re constantly doing science in order to survive, and the environment tends to keep you under a lot of pressure. It’s an incredible experience, and also a very challenging one, to be sure. Sometimes you’re left feeling like an impostor among your crewmates, having failed to complete every task you think is expected of you. But fear not! These feelings are not based in reality; they are merely symptoms of a benign condition known as impostor syndrome. Think you might be affected? This post is for you.
It’s been over three months since my trip to the Galapagos, and I am still thinking about it. For seven days, we all woke up at 5:30 am on the boat, ate breakfast together, and went out as the sun was rising on our morning hike to catch frigatebirds mating or iguanas spewing salt from their nostrils. Our days were spent snorkeling with turtles, sea lions, and schools of fish, and our nights were spent sitting on the bow of the ship, talking all together under the stars. It was truly a spring break I will never forget.
I can still recall the day college admissions results were released in the spring. In my own hubris, I was expecting a plethora of options from top schools around the country. I actually ended up with only two schools to choose from, Caltech and Columbia University, before Decision Day. “This is gonna be easy” I thought to myself. I was not thinking correctly. I was being a fool.