Biggie Smalls once said, “Birthdays was the worst days, now we sip champagne when we thirst-ay.”
In Lloyd House, however, Birthdays are always the best days, and we eat cake instead of champagne, at least once per week to celebrate.
The Upper Class Counselor (UCC) is responsible for all of the members of his/her alley. One integral part of this job is celebrating birthdays!! A few days prior, the UCC will ask the soon-to-be birthday boy or girl about their favorite cake or dessert. The day just before, the UCC uses their supreme baking skills (not a prerequisite for the job, but definitely a perk) to create the confection of choice.
One of our frosh, Sophia, was given the Job of “Loud Frosh” at the beginning of the year. Just around 11:57pm, when the UCC pulls the cake out of the kitchen and sets it on the table in LC, the Loud Frosh announces to the house that a birthday is about to happen! How, you ask? Well, how else than by running around the house yelling at the TOP of their lungs, “BIRTHDAY IN LC!”
We all crowd around the coffee table in LC admiring the cake until someone starts.
More join in.
We all start to scream!
As loud as possible, screaming at the top of our lungs, completely out of tune, all at different tempos, we sing to the Birthday Boy/Girl. The sound is unbelievably loud - but with a bunch of friends, it’s so much more fun than a regular birthday celebration! At the end, we all clap, woop-woop, hoot, and cheer. Then, we EAT.
Sitting in your room, tearing your hair out over some problem, the call for “Birthday in LC” is simply refreshing . It means it’s time to take a break. It’s time to let out a little stress. It’s time to go talk to someone else, regroup, and then get back to work with a new, fresher perspective. Sometimes we feel that we have so much weight on our shoulders, too much work to even handle.Working long hours without breaks is hard on the body and on the mind. We often forget that we do have to stop sometimes.Birthdays are a simple way that the whole house is able to reinforce our support network. We come together,take a little pause in our work, have a snack, and restart.
Enjoy pictures of some of our most recent cakes:
Andy’s rainbow cake was definitely one for the record books. Kudos to UCC Grace! ^
Nick turns 19 with a gourmet chocolate - ganache cake! Mad Props to UCC Katie! ^
The most recent birthday so far! Happy Birthday to Ritwik and Happy Cinco de May to you, Dear Reader!
Stan’s amazing longboard Rice Krispie cake, courtesy of Caltech Dining Service (CDS) ^
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.