As a follow up to a previous blog,I'm sorry to write that we lost our soccer game on Thursday. It was a great game though; high intensity throughout the entire game, SOKA scored in the second to last minute, breaking the tie and ending the game with a 3-2 lead. You can get the full story here:https://www.gocaltech.com/sports/msoc/2012-13/releases/20121101kkkdd1.
Halloween was more of a win. Dabney House hosted a pumpkin drop where they dipped pumpkins in liquid nitrogen and rolled them off the top of our nine-story Millikan Library starting at midnight. The show was even choreographed with music that was fitting for Halloween. The pumpkins made a loud noise when they hit the ground because they had been frozen. Some had lights duct taped to them to make it more interesting. I tried to get some photos of the pumpkins falling but they were too fast. Try and picture a small dot accelerating then smashing into the ground from the top of this:
The atmosphere was festive and a lot of people came out even though midterms are around this time. And after everything, it sure smelled like a lot of pumpkin.
As most frosh, I had two midterms this weekend. Frosh generally have less pressure than upper classmen because all our classes are pass-fail, but midterms were taken seriously by all years.The math midterm was a four hour, open-book test consisting of four problems. And for chem we had two parts each two hours, one open and the other closed-book. Apart from those, the weekend was mostly fun.
Page had their Interhouse this Friday; every year each house hosts a party for the rest of the school. It averages out to about one every month. The members of Page House built a Zombieland themed setup in their courtyard, and a lot of us dressed up in Halloween costumes. I decided to be a pirate mummy because I happened to have an eye patch and had always wanted to wrap myself in toilet paper as a costume. Without looking in the mirror after being wrapped, I was really into the costume. After some time the toilet paper ripped and I didn't like seeing with only one eye. When the pictures came up on facebook I realized it was probably a good thing the costume fell apart. Turns out being a pirate mummy is not the most flattering. As a whole Page Interhouse was a lot of fun and I look forward to Big I. It's basically Interhouse at a much bigger scale that only happens every other year.
The Social Team organized a pumpkin carving contest with dinner in honor of Halloween and midterms. We aren't served meals on the weekends with board, so geting food on campus was nice. The whole event was pretty mellow and destressed people from taking midterms. We now also have some elaborately carved pumpkins in our courtyard!
One was also made to resemble a certain someone which turned out hilariously.
The first Sunday of every month, a flea market is held at PCC, the nearby community college. We walked over and saw the entertaining items people had to sell. Also, I bought a plant! I have a weirdly high interest in plants, sometimes stopping to look at them walking back from class.
Right now the orchid is living under my bunked bed on the shoe shelf. It's supposed to grow best in the shade, and hopefully I can keep it alive for a while.
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.