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!
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.