I have to say, any worries that I had about finding a suitable roommate had been dispelled completely. Now to make things even better, the second I stepped out of the room, I found a card outside my door. I opened it to find that there were many kind messages scrawled inside. Apparently, the night before, all the guys in Avery had a card signing session and had made cards for all the girls in Avery. My card was filled with kind words of encouragement and it left me smiling for the entire day.
The weekend only got better from there. The tennis team took on CMS (Claremont, Mudd, Scripps) as we took a short roadtrip down to Claremont. CMS is one of the top three NCAA Division III teams in the country so we were in for a tough battle. Though we lost, we had some very tough grinding matches. I played the longest match of the game. Unfortunately, because of my long drawn out match, the team was forced to wait for an additional hour. I played number two doubles with my partner and house-mate, Michelle Lee. I also played number three singles. We lost our doubles match 8-3. My singles match was also a great contest as I fell a bit short 7-6, 6-4. Nonetheless, there was a general feeling of pride and confidence as we put up a great fight. The pizza afterwards tasted all the better from our hard work on court.
This week Avery is preparing for our interhouse which is on Friday! I will keep you all up to date about exciting things to come this week!
My favorite part about Caltech is the Houses! The easiest way to describe them is as Hogwarts houses: each has their own personality and group of people and the first thing you do at Caltech is go through a “sorting” process. The people are what makes the Houses at Caltech so great. As a frosh, it’s amazing to be able to come in and immediately have a group of 100+ people to support you. Because the Houses have students from every grade, you make friends with upperclassmen and can ask for help on tons of things like:
It’s crazy to think that it has been four years now since I was applying to college. I remember it vividly. This week we’re spending some time reflecting on our personal admissions processes, and how we ended up at Caltech. There’s one question though that I wanted to spin out into a separate post: “what advice would you give to the admitted class of 2025?” And I think the best way to do this is to tell a more detailed story than I did in my other post.
These past six months have been a whirlwind- from having to move out of Caltech housing in March within a week’s notice due to COVID-19, to starting the first term of my junior year, I’ve definitely experienced a lot of change. When I went home in March, it was to a completely new state-my family moved from Chino, CA to New Jersey in January (great timing, huh?). While I missed seeing my friends from home, it was fun to have the chance to explore a completely new place. The pandemic obviously limited what I could see and do, but I got to experience walks through nature and along rivers normally foreign to a SoCal native and had some time to focus on bioinformatics research for the lab I work with on campus.