One skill I wish I had held onto was being able to memorize things quickly. Name, being able to memorize all 200-something pokemon when I was in middle school. But I’m getting distracted again, as usual. Yesterday was a campus wide fake ditch day. My alley and I were busy making oreo truffles and white chocolate rose truffles when some seniors came by to remind us to “GO TO SLEEP, FROSH!” If you do attend Caltech, that’s something you’ll hear quite often, even when you’re long since past frosh year! :P
Friday turned out to be a fake, but it was fun nonetheless. We were divided into teams by house/gender, and were supposed to chase down the seniors. Each team was armed with their own color of duct tape, so in the end, we got to tally up our “kills”. On the actual day of ditch day, if we spot a senior on campus, we’re similarly allowed to duct tape them. Usually this means to a tree, but last year, my friend was taped down to the passenger seat! It was a pretty short fake, but I think the real ditch day is coming up soon! I can’t wait, it’s always a lot of fun. As juniors, we are supposed to start stacking soon too. After ditch day, a “Day after Tomorrow” fake is held. My favorite one was a pacman stack, during which we chased after giant fruit and had to avoid the ghosts (Seniors are called ghosts after ditch day).
Alley truffle making event!
Tara caught red, err pink handed! (Making white chocolate rose truffles–fancy!)
I wish I took pictures during the fake, but running around with a camera is pretty chaotic :P
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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.