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!
Always not quite organized, my desk is a constant, yet subtle reminder of why I ultimately chose Caltech: the people. (sigh… I bet you haven’t heard that one before!). It’s no secret that Caltech has a small undergraduate population but, in my experience, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find your people, it means you’ll be able to find them faster!
With the third term fast approaching and the status of COVID on campus pushing all major events to the spring quarter, students of the houses of Caltech were excited. The reason? Interhouse season had arrived. Interhouses, a longstanding tradition of the California Institute of Technology, are summarized as parties hosted by each respective house, usually with a theme, in which the entire undergraduate population is invited to attend. As every undergraduate house of Caltech has its own personality and characteristics, these interhouses too have their own flair depending on the house who hosts them.
Let’s face it: the US loves being just a little different from everyone else. The obvious example? Units of measurement. As an international student from Canada, even I have no clue what’s going on half the time when my friends talk to me and use these weird nonsensical units. And I’ve literally lived on the border between Canada and the States for all my life. After a year here, I’ve finally got a sense of how the two systems of measurement compare and how you can more easily get your bearings with these weird units.
About a dozen frosh sit and stand in a semicircle around a whiteboard. Various Lloyd-themed interhouse names sit on a list awaiting their fate. One by one, possibilities are discussed and voted on, until four remain.