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!
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:
It’s crazy to think that it has been four years now since I was applying to college. I remember it vividly. This week we’re spending some time reflecting on our personal admissions processes, and how we ended up at Caltech. There’s one question though that I wanted to spin out into a separate post: “what advice would you give to the admitted class of 2025?” And I think the best way to do this is to tell a more detailed story than I did in my other post.
These past six months have been a whirlwind- from having to move out of Caltech housing in March within a week’s notice due to COVID-19, to starting the first term of my junior year, I’ve definitely experienced a lot of change. When I went home in March, it was to a completely new state-my family moved from Chino, CA to New Jersey in January (great timing, huh?). While I missed seeing my friends from home, it was fun to have the chance to explore a completely new place. The pandemic obviously limited what I could see and do, but I got to experience walks through nature and along rivers normally foreign to a SoCal native and had some time to focus on bioinformatics research for the lab I work with on campus.