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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On May 8, the Washington Nationals came to Los Angeles Angels for a lovely Mother’s Day Game. I, being a D.C. native and avid Nationals fan, of course had to attend– the Nationals play the Angels very rarely because they play in different leagues and on opposite coasts. My dad and I have a goal of going to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, and we had to take advantage of our home team being in L.A., so my mom and dad both flew out for the weekend.
As I write this blog, I’m sitting on a grassy knoll on Pomona-Pitzer’s campus. It’s the last match of my final season of tennis here at Caltech. It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling to be done with my college tennis career (unless I decide to use my final year of NCAA eligibility, granted to athletes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic). Being a part of the women’s tennis team here has been a defining part of my identity and where I met my community on campus. In this blog, I want to discuss a bit of the process of becoming an NCAA athlete, the Caltech experience of handling schoolwork and a sport, and my take on how it affected my growth here.
A few days ago, I wrote a blog post for recommendations of boba around Caltech. This follow up includes a far more comprehensive list of boba shops in the 626/SGV area. Now, I’ll admit that I have a rather extensive spreadsheet of boba stores and drinks that I’ve tried and enjoyed or disliked. However, I’d rather not bore everyone with a full spreadsheet, especially when it reveals just how much boba I’ve had each year. However, if I attempted to write about all of the shops I’ve tried, this post would get too long, so it’s instead compressed into a much more easily digestible format: a Tiermaker list. Obviously, this is the most sophisticated possible presentation of this information and 100% objective. Definitely tested via the scientific method and not subject to personal bias whatsoever.