The trustees and founders of Avery House don’t allow murals
on our white walls, but we are allowed to decorate bulletin boards in each
hallway as a compromise. Joe, our Resident Life Coordinator (RLC), gave us a
bunch of paint and murals to paint on. Our Alley 6 took the initiative to go
first. Jessica, Sophia, and I painted an impression of Avery with a tower for
Alley 6 since the lounge closest to my alley is called Upper Guard Tower (UGT)
and obviously because Alley 6 is the best ; P I haven’t really painted since
art classes during high school, so it was a lot of fun to pick up a brush again
and express our creativity.
Avery Interhouse is coming up next month, so Averites have
been measuring the courtyard and brainstorming ideas. The theme this year will
be Wreck it Ralph. I still haven’t seen the movie but I’ve heard it’s good. I’m
excited for Interhouse parties again- Techers really build awesome dance floors
and put on an awesome party. Sadly I missed Big I first term while abroad.
Since it was a three day weekend and Sam, an alum, came back
to visit, Jessica H. decided to cook for lunch. It was nice having homecooked Chinese meals again. Here are some pics of what she taught the guys how to
make-it was delicious!
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.
In the past few years, boba or bubble tea has exploded in popularity, with stores opening up all across the country. As a very avid but picky boba drinker, this has been a blessing for me, as I’ve been able to try drinks from so many new stores. In the past four years, I’ve been able to try what might be conservatively called a fairly significant portion of boba stores in the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley area (otherwise known as 626/SGV).