Facebook gives their interns so many opportunities to have fun. A really big event they hold is called Intern Field Day. Facebook had the same event last year, and the format of the day hasn’t changed much. The day is split into 3 parts, where each of the 4 teams that interns have been split into play against the other 3 in sports and games such as dodgeball, soccer, capture the flag, and other classic team games. The teams get points depending on their wins and losses, and whoever showed more spirit in playing their game.
While the format didn’t change, the teams have. Last year the team names were based off of the 4 sayings that Facebook has, and this year teams were far more lighthearted. They were themed as board games: Operation, Battleship, Monopoly, and Candyland. A good spread of games.
I was on Operation, which unfortunately had yellow as their team color. I’m sorry to say, I don’t really like yellow. In fact, that field day shirt is now the only piece of clothing in yellow that I have. Yes, before the shirt, I didn’t have any yellow clothes.
Anyway, I found the day fun and entertaining for many different reasons this year. I am glad that I got to play the sport that I like: volleyball. Afterwards, I did not continue to embarrass myself trying to play in sports that I can only marginally play. Instead, I chose to play with giant inflatable basketballs (they were literally 4ft in diameter) and race with my friends on the slides and race course. I definitely had a lot of fun that day. And amazingly enough, Operation came out as the winning team. Good thing I didn’t contribute much, otherwise it might have gone the other way.
…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.
One of Caltech’s many clubs is the RISE tutoring program, where undergraduate students connect with local high schoolers and provide tutoring in various STEM subjects. I only became a tutor this academic year, but the experience has been so rewarding for me and, hopefully, also for the students I tutor.