The posts that are going up are actually behind my real life. I was actually in Colorado a couple weeks ago and wrote this then but it hasn’t gone up. After this blog I will be caught up, I promise!
The past few days I have been in Colorado, where one of my best friends from Caltech, Kelsey, lives. I really like how everyone comes from all over at college. This was my first time in Colorado and it has been so much fun! Kelsey’s family has an adorable cabin in the mountains on the edge of Pikes Peak National Forest. I loved having so much nature around with hardly any people. Especially after having spent the past couple weeks in very densely populated India, I appreciated the space.
Kelsey has ATVs so the three of us (myself, Kelsey, and Michelle) went riding and exploring for a couple days. This was my first time on an ATV and it was sweet! I love feeling the wind against my face, and it was awesome maneuvering trails with mountains surrounding us and not another person in sight. Beneath my bandana and the roar of the engines I might have been singing at the top of my lungs and no one could complain. At least the hawks and the swallowtails didn’t mind. I didn’t really have expectations of ATVing, but I really, really enjoyed it. Kelsey spent most weekends growing up at her cabin. It’s also always fun seeing what your friends’ childhoods were like - it gives you more things to love about them and to make fun of them for :)
We also went line dancing (another first) and the next day did tourist activities in Manitou Springs (close to Colorado Springs). There was a super cool cave network that we toured, Native American cliff dwellings that we walked through, and a park called Garden of the Gods where we saw big pretty rocks and climbed around.
That trip pretty much concludes my summer. Now it’s back to Tech for frosh camp at Ventura beach and then finally classes.
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.