Hope you all have been doing well. This week for me is filled with looooong and busy days. It’s only Tuesday, but I feel like this past weekend was forever ago. I am busy wrapping up my student reads for undergraduate admissions—we will be meeting all day Wednesday and Thursday for the regular decision admissions committee (I can’t believe it’s almost over!). I have also been busy with meetings all over campus –I had 5 meetings all in one day this past Monday! O_O
Weeks like this make me all too thankful for the weekends. This past weekend, I went on a food review to a newly opened place called “The Slawdogs.” It was a place recommended to us by Jon from Caltech Dining Services…and it was AWESOME!
This place was so yummy, which probably was reason for why it was so crowded when we went! We were able to choose from an extensive menu of gourmet hot dogs, and even had the option of building our own. I went with the TNT Dog (aka “the good timer”) which was a gi-normous chili hot dog with french fries and fried eggs inside wrapped in a tortilla (looked like a burrito). I only got through half of it before feeling incredibly full….
As usual, we wrote up our review on the restaurant (we gave it an A-) and submitted it to the Tech editors. On Monday, the article was published in the campus newspaper :)
All right, that’s all for now..gotta get back to reading applications!
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.