Since I haven’t written for so long, I thought I’d take a post to give a sort of timeline of some things I did in February.
February 14–I’ll start with Valentine’s Day. This has become one of my new favorite holidays due to all the fun and crazy things we did.
It’s apparently tradition for the guys and girls in Ruddock House to do things for each other as a collective group on this day. We baked all of the men cookies and made cards for them, while they gave us each a rose! I wonder how long it took for them to write our names in that calligraphy…
Some crafts for Valentine’s Day. Here, a decorated mason jar.
February 22–Popcorn Day! (Not National Popcorn Day)
My friend Sumana brought a jar of corn kernels with which to make fresh popcorn. The process is relatively easy…add a thin layer of oil so it coats the bottom of the pan, and one kernel of corn. When it sizzles, you know the oil is hot enough, so add more kernels until they form a layer that also covers the bottom of the pan. Make sure that you hold a lid over the pan because when the corn starts popping, they bounce all over the place! One last important detail is to shake the pan occasionally; otherwise, the popcorn burns and you’re left with some carcinogenic tar at the bottom. To put it in the wise words of fellow Rudd Bailey, if I didn’t learn anything else in my time at Caltech, at least I’ll always remember to stir the popcorn.
February 27–Chandler Board Dinner: “Cheese.”
February 28–Formal Dinner! We have these once a term, and this time’s coincided with the last day of the month…
Well, I think that’s enough pictures for now. Though life here at Caltech is extremely busy and challenging, friends make it worth the pain, and we Techers still find many opportunities to have fun!
Till next time,
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?”
One of the most exciting aspects of college life is the freedom that students enjoy when living on their own. When most students think about college life, one of the first things that comes to mind is Greek life, with the many sororities and fraternities on campuses across the country. While Caltech does not have Greek life, per se, we do have a unique housing system, similar to that of Hogwarts. There are eight houses and one residence on campus: Avery, Blacker, Dabney, Fleming, Lloyd, Page, Ricketts, Ruddock, and the Bechtel Residence. Each of the houses has its own unique culture, character, and traditions. I am a member of Ruddock House!
This past year was so different than most of us could have ever imagined. Living in “the virtual school year” posed a plethora of challenges, but at the same time, it opened the door to new possibilities. As a society, we learned how to better operate in a virtual world, and as individuals, we had time for new endeavors. For myself, this meant taking the leap of faith to move away from home and live with some fellow Techers. While I had already had the experience of moving away from home and coming to live in the Caltech houses, this was quite different. Instead of living in organized student residences with hundreds of other students, a meal plan, and tons of support resources, I was about to go live with just 5 other people (some of which I did not know super well) and we had to find and manage our own housing, food, and necessities.