Those giraffes are men with stilts on both their hands and feet! The musical was a lighthearted outing, a fun experience, and I’ve been humming the music since.
The student union here is a formidable six-person team. These students, once elected, take a year off from their studies to work full-time running the union! When I was applying for study abroad I was warned there would be too many activities offered by the union, but I didn’t believe it until I arrived. There are more activities than any one person could have time to enjoy- what a great problem! I haven’t spent too much time on campus yet, given the awesome day trips and sightseeing opportunities available, but through the student union I’ve managed to see three of London’s best dance clubs, ‘The Lion King,’ three great comedians, and multiple pubs. Let me emphasize that it’s only the first week of classes!
Last night was a big party for the freshman class (and us exchange students) at Ministry of Sound. MoS is undoubtedly the most highly regarded club in London and is frequently called the best club in the world! It was a great venue with fantastic music. One of the dance floors was even playing metal!
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.