So I’ve been enjoying spending time with my family and old
friends here in Jacksonville. I’ve definitely been catching up on some sleep. I
made the mistake of going to see *The
Hobbit *with some friends the day after I got back-jetlag made me super
sleepy during the long movie, but fortunately I stayed awake. It was pretty
good. I also made some snickerdoodles (I know how much you guys loved them in
London :P) for a Christmas party with some high school friends I haven’t seen
in a year. It’s weird to think how fast time goes by and how people change. We
reminisced about the past and updated each other about what’d we done in the
I also went to do some shopping (the conversion rate makes
me feel rich here in America) and saw *Les
Miserables. *While I can’t say that I liked the movie more than seeing the
live musical production in London, I was really impressed with the actors and
their ability to portray all the emotions in each song. The movie definitely
captures each face more clearly, but I
do enjoy seeing how the stage is magical as sets change for each scene.
And of course, what break goes without some traditional
festivities such as gingerbread house making? My friends and I made some
“gingerbread” houses with graham crackers, vanilla icing, and all sorts of
candy. Carmen, who is studying architecture at UF, outshined us all by building
a “Romeo and Juliet” house that had two stories. My other friend Max, who is
studying painting at UCF, took an artistic approach and made a piano instead of
We also went to get some ice cream freshly made by Lam at Three f(x) Ice Cream and Waffles. They use fresh ingredients and magically make your ice cream using some spatulas and a cold metal plate. It’s really neat to watch and the results are delicious!
And speaking of cold stuff, I’m envious ofthose of you from the North or colder places than Florida
where there is snow. I’m definitely grateful for the
sun and 60-80 degree weather, but I really want to see falling snow. Someone
send me some? xD
Stay warm and enjoy the break before school starts again!
When packing for college, the first thing on your mind is likely not about celebrating your birthday. However, months later, as the inevitable birthday approaches, you may actually start to wonder what a birthday looks like without the friends and family you’ve likely spent every year with. Thankfully, at Caltech, there are many opportunities to make sure that a birthday away is just as good, if not better, than the one at home. One example is the Venerable house birthday tradition.
Studying at Caltech is a lot like crewing a spaceship. You get to work alongside some of the most talented people on Earth, you’re constantly doing science in order to survive, and the environment tends to keep you under a lot of pressure. It’s an incredible experience, and also a very challenging one, to be sure. Sometimes you’re left feeling like an impostor among your crewmates, having failed to complete every task you think is expected of you. But fear not! These feelings are not based in reality; they are merely symptoms of a benign condition known as impostor syndrome. Think you might be affected? This post is for you.
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.