Hi Everyone! I hope those of you who came enjoyed pre-frosh weekend! I enjoyed meeting my pre-frosh and showing her around campus!
Right after the pre-frosh left, I went to a hike with the Caltech Y. It was a sunset hike to the Hollywood sign. There were 14 of us, and we drove to the base of the trails in Hollywood and then spent about 2.5 hours hiking.
The group was super-diverse. We had people from France, England, Italy, and a bunch of other places. All techers, of course :). There was a good mix of UGs, grad students and post-docs too, and we had some really interesting conversations about international and US politics, the fact that 5% of Americans own half of our wealth, and athletics in different countries.
We hiked to the top of the Holllywood sign, and that was a really flattrail with little elevationgain.[This was a very easy hike.]A large part of the”trail” was paved for access to the antennas over the sign.
Nicole, our group leader, had looked up trails in the area before we came. Apparently, there was another 0.4 mile trail to the adjacent peak, and we wanted to get there before sunset. After a little going-around-a-fence (we didn’t actually go anywhere bad, we just had to walk around the fence!), we hit a much more rugged and overgrown trail.
There were lots of beautiful wildflowers, so I just put a bunch of pictures below here:
We got to the top of the second peak just in time for sunset!
The hike down went well. We never actually hiked in the dark, because there was still some sun shining over the mountains and because of the very bright full moon. I talked with a grad student about chemistry, and the trip down went by really fast! It was a super-fun hike! I was even sore the day after - I really need to start doing more exercise again! (I got injured during swimming this winter.) I hope you enjoyed reading about the hike :)
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.