I am sooo happy it’s the weekend!–I am too excited! I’ve got an action packed weekend..which I will definitely be blogging about on Monday. I had a rough week—I had some pressure systems safety training at JPL, that intense set due on Wednesday, yoga and 2 dance classes last night (I’m so sore at the moment!), and meetings with a professor and my E102 group to prepare for our midterm presentation.
On my way across campus—I noticed that a filming crew has completely taken over the Athenaeum (remember my post on the fancy shmancy dinner I had there with Caltech Alumni Donors?) There are a ton of filming crews that come out periodically to our campus throughout the year (grrr—its frustrating when I find out as I am giving my tour across campus or am headed to class and find out it’s blocked off). Greek (that ABC show) and Numb3rs (its based on our campus!) film regularly—There are also scenes from The Wedding Planner, Ugly Betty (both at the Athenaeum), Legally Blonde (Millikan Pond in the opening scene!) that were filmed on the Caltech campus.
Our campus is just so close to Hollywood, and picturesque, and pretty calm/quiet….its no wonder filming here is like a dream for them. My dream?–to be an extra!!! please please please?!?!? hehehe
Well–I did make my official debut on TV last year, when I got casted—as the Captain of the Caltech Team on the game show, Family Feud. We competed with about 7 other universities from around the country. It was so much fun! …and I still have the recording on the DVR back home :D
Here are few pictures I snapped as I walked by the Ath….
All right–gotta go enjoy the weekend…see you guys next week!
This summer I had the incredible opportunity to do a 10-week internship at Gilead Sciences in Foster City, CA. For those unfamiliar, Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative medicines.
With 45 Nobel Laureates on its Faculty Roster, it’s not surprising that research is an integral part of the Caltech undergraduate experience. One of the programs that promotes such research is the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). There is no minimum knowledge or experience required to participate in a Caltech SURF. In fact, students can participate in a SURF as soon as the summer after their freshman year. It is not difficult to get a SURF. All you need to do is find a mentor who is working in an area of research that interests you and willing to mentor you through a research project. The mentor can work in a Caltech lab, at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), or at another participating institution. Once you find a mentor, you work together to write a project proposal that you later send to the SURF office for review and approval. About 98% of the SURF proposals get approved. This fellowship is a great way to explore various fields of research and obtain real, hands-on experience where you get to apply the theoretical knowledge you’ve learned in class. Not only do you get to work and learn alongside your mentor, but you also get compensated for your time. The length of the SURF is ten weeks, and it starts at the beginning of the summer. However, it is not uncommon for many students at Caltech to continue their research project throughout the academic school year.
Like many students at Caltech, I suffer from a slight boba addiction, where side effects may include over caffeination, minor sugar highs, and of course, a large toll on one’s wallet. This addiction is not helped by the fact that there are at least three boba shops within walking distance of campus. So, after an entire term’s worth of boba runs, I came back from winter break with a new year’s epiphany: it was time to get a job. Rather than try to curb my addiction, I decided to find a way to subsidize it.