Everybody says that Cambridge is like Hogwarts, but the similarities were apparent even before I arrived. If you’ve read the Harry Potter stories, you pretty much know how to get to Cambridge too! If you don’t, follow these simple instructions:
Go to London’s** King’s Cross Station**. It will look something like this:
Find Platform 9 and 3/4. There were some renovations going on for London 2012, so they relocated the platform from its usual spot.
Buy tickets to the Cambridge Express. Yes, my train was called the Cambridge Express (kinda sounds like Hogwarts Express right?). There are trains that run from King’s Cross station to Cambridge every hour, but every few hours, they would run a train directly to Cambridge without any stops. Those appeared on the “Departure” screen as “Cambridge Express.”
Sit back and enjoy the beautiful English countryside… there are lots of sheep and cows.
After arriving at Cambridge station, find a thestral-driven taxi cab and it will take you to school. (ok, not really, but I’d like to think so…)
And TADA, you’ve arrived at your castle-school. Like magic, huh?
That’s the main courtyard of Corpus Christi college, where I’m living this term! :D
Caltech may be a small campus, but it has a large variety of food options. There are three main dining locations on campus — The Lee F. Browne Dining Hall, the Hameetman Center (which houses our beloved Red Door Cafe), and the Broad Café. All on-campus students also have access to open kitchens in their houses, where a dinner special is served everyday and different breakfast options are available. There were countless times this past week that I ate my meal and then remembered that I forgot to take a picture of my food – here’s a brief diary of just some of the meals I had.
As a Caltech student, I obviously have a love for STEM. But for me, that love is incomplete without the bigger picture—the role that STEM can play in helping society. That connection between science and humanity served as the initial motivation for one of my primary passions: organizing for environmental justice.
Now that the 2021 baseball season has come to close, I want to take a little trip down memory lane to the 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs. To set the scene, after an exciting wild card game win, the Washington Nationals (my team) began a five game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers win the first and third game of the series, and the Nationals win the second and fourth game, making game five a do-or-die situation. The final game took place at Dodgers Stadium, a mere 20 minute drive from Caltech. I pounced on this opportunity, going to the game with my fellow baseball-fanatic and Caltech student, Arya.
Whenever I tell someone that Caltech has an undergraduate population of less than one thousand people, their first reaction is disbelief. “Really?” they exclaim. “You must know everyone! How can you get a real college experience with so few undergrads?”