Last week felt super long for me, even though it was only a 4-day work week. I guess I was so busy with all the tours I have been taking (lots of high school students on break and visiting college campuses!) and various meetings for the different committees/extracurriculars I’m involved with. On top of that, don’t forget classes, dance classes and analyzing data for my thesis…I had a pretty dense week.
On Friday, I was also very lucky to have sat in on a fast-pitch to the Tech Coast Angels at one of their regional meetings (happened to be here on campus last Friday). The Tech Coast Angels are “A network of individual investors who fund early-stage, technology companies in Southern California.” It was very interesting to see a CEO of a small start-up make a presentation on a very cool technology (sorry can’t disclose anymore since we all signed confidentiality agreements!); it’s basically like that show on ABC, Shark Tank. As a business major, I really enjoyed the experience with the Tech Coast Angels. I got the opportunity to see firsthand how an entrepreneur must handle expressing enthusiasm for his product, and present a flawless business model to investors. It will definitely help me in the long run, and also in the current class I am in, another Pickar class: E102: Entrepreneurial Development (Remember my previous blog on E/ME 105 taught by the same professor?) where I am working with a team to prepare a business model/plan and pitch to Tech Coast Angels for a technology that was developed here at Caltech. Business has always interested me, and I am super happy I was able to double-major in that and Mechanical Engineering here. But more on that later…
After having a hectic week and previous weekend, I reveled in a very relaxed weekend. I caught a movie and hung out over by the Staples Center in Downtown LA, cooked dinner with a friend, and made a quick trip to Paseo Colorado.
A lot of Techers go to Paseo since it is only a 20 minute walk away from campus and has a movie theater, many restaurants and shopping. It’s a pretty nice outdoor mall that has something for everyone. The past few times I’ve visited Paseo, I have gone to see movies..so it was nice to have walked around the shops a bit at nighttime.
Now that I’m all relaxed…I gotta get psyched for another work week. I am literally sitting right now looking over my planner and mapping out how I will tackle all of the stuff. Stay tuned!
Unlike many students, I never had the opportunity to visit Caltech before enrolling. I had visited California once in elementary school, and the first time I returned was to move in for college. The only time I had ever left home before was for a week or two of sleepaway camp. Now, I would be moving across the country to a place I had never seen before with a bunch of strangers. Naturally, I was a bit terrified.
…Or, How a Disciple of Bethany Ehlmann, a Former Desert Militiaman, Moore Lab Subbasement Dwellers, Roblox’s Newest Intern, a Florida Man, and a Luminous Plasma Scientist Went to War with the Caltech Mail Center, Got Double-Crossed by AirGas Corp., Survived Three COVID Outbreaks, and Nearly Stranded Themselves in the Mojave in order to Send a Bag of Peanuts to Space (A True Story).
Every midterm week and final week, Page House Peer Advocates (PAs) put on a de-stressing event. This term for midterms, the PAs hosted a painting night in conjunction with a Page dessert night. (Every Thursday, the House gives $60 to a pageboy (a member of Page) to buy a bunch of dessert and snacks for the house for dessert night.). They provided canvases, paint brushes, and a variety of paint colors for the night. It was a really fun and relaxing time to stop working on sets or studying for midterms for a bit and hangout with friends.
On the weekend of April 16th, my friends and I participated in the first ever Southern California College Poker Tournament! The tournament was for college students in the SoCal area with a $0 buy-in that doubled as a recruiting event for quant and finance firms. A senior friend of mine (Vanessa, a fellow blogger) put together a team of five girls who had no interest in being recruited and just wanted to have fun playing poker.