Hey y’all! Hope you had a fantastic 3 day weekend and a lovely Valentine’s Day!
I sure did. This was one of the best and busiest weekends I’ve had all term! YAY! :D
Friday night, I attended my good friend’s going away party at the Tolman House (gorgeous venue on campus that visiting professors, etc stay in). It was a costume “Geek or Chic” party—Andrew and I showed up as “chic” (but we’re still big geeks lol). The party involved a lot of food–yay for Filipino food, how I’ve missed you!, mingling with grad students/post-docs and a fun karaoke party towards the end. Couldn’t help but to get up and sing some tunes….
It was an unforgettable night and the best way to send off Christie, one of my dearest friends I’ve had since coming as a freshman to Caltech. She and I are from the same part of San Diego, both dancers, and both Filipino! Christie just finished her post-doc and is moving to Berkeley for a fabulous new job…she has been my older sister here, and has taught me so much. <3
Saturday was a TON of fun too! A sophomore in my house, Aarathi and I attended Fleming House’s Formal Valentine’s dinner together, Wine and Candlelight. We spent the afternoon getting ready together at my room in Braun. So much girly fun!
Right after—was Rickett’s Interhouse, Apache. After a quick wardrobe change….we headed over to the party..and danced the night away :D
Sunday, I had ballet and Valentine’s Day FUN and adventures in LA. And Monday was a day of rest for me from the weekend…thank goodness we didn’t have any class :)
One of the most exciting aspects of college life is the freedom that students enjoy when living on their own. When most students think about college life, one of the first things that comes to mind is Greek life, with the many sororities and fraternities on campuses across the country. While Caltech does not have Greek life, per se, we do have a unique housing system, similar to that of Hogwarts. There are eight houses and one residence on campus: Avery, Blacker, Dabney, Fleming, Lloyd, Page, Ricketts, Ruddock, and the Bechtel Residence. Each of the houses has its own unique culture, character, and traditions. I am a member of Ruddock House!
This past year was so different than most of us could have ever imagined. Living in “the virtual school year” posed a plethora of challenges, but at the same time, it opened the door to new possibilities. As a society, we learned how to better operate in a virtual world, and as individuals, we had time for new endeavors. For myself, this meant taking the leap of faith to move away from home and live with some fellow Techers. While I had already had the experience of moving away from home and coming to live in the Caltech houses, this was quite different. Instead of living in organized student residences with hundreds of other students, a meal plan, and tons of support resources, I was about to go live with just 5 other people (some of which I did not know super well) and we had to find and manage our own housing, food, and necessities.
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: