This summer, I’m an intern at Microsoft, and I’m fortunate to be a part of a company that waits on their interns hand and foot and is absolutely dedicated to showing us a good time. Microsoft is composed of five different business groups. As one of the interns that work on supporting Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure and operations, I’m part of the Cloud and Enterprise business group headed by Scott Guthrie. And of course, this past weekend all of the interns had an event for their business group.
This past Thursday, Microsoft rented out Lucky Strike, a luxurious bowling alley in Downtown Bellevue with arcade games and plenty of snacks for 300 interns for the entire day. They also threw in a Cloud and Enterprise sweatshirt and socks. It was an awesome event with music pumping through the venue all day with plenty of full-time employees there as well to talk to us about their positions at Microsoft. After snagging some high quality salted caramel crunch cookies, I headed off to the bowling alley with the other interns on my team. I really failed to prove myself, hitting the gutter about six times in a row. I followed that up with a strike, but there was really no way to come back from that.
With two embarrassing bowling games under my belt, I headed out to the arcade only to find more lack of success at the basketball hoop and the skeeball machines. But despite my displays of athletic prowess, I had a great time, meeting a lot of the amazing interns and hearing stories from the full-time employees.
…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.