We interrupt your regularly-scheduled cooking to bring you a special message:
It’s actually here!!!
1 Red Seedless Watermelon
1lb Assorted Potato
4 Valencia Orange
2 Hass Avocado
4 White nectarine
1 cnt Regular Apricot
1lb Sweet Gypsy Pepper
1 Purple Globe Eggplant
1 Nantes Carrot
1 Romaine Lettuce
Hold on a second, you ask. Why do I have a box and why am I being so excited about it? Well, six days ago, I signed up for Farm Fresh to You, a CSA that delivers fresh, organic produce from local farms right to your doorsteps. The produce changes depending on what the farms produce, so your food changes with the season. It’s pretty cheap, too, with a cost of $31.50 for a regular-sized box (the one I ordered). You can choose different sorts of boxes, too–for example, you can get a fruit only box, or a vegetable only box. Not only do you get to support local, small, organic farms, you also never have to go out and buy groceries again!
The produce is normally delivered right to your door, but since Caltech housing is gated, I gave them super janky instructions to deposit the box in Dabney House gardens. Seeing the box sitting in the gardens this morning was like getting a Christmas present! I was too excited and forgot to take photos of the newly-delivered box in the garden, but I’ll try to remember to take a photo next week…
I’m going to steal one of the nectarines and take it with me to JPL to eat because 7am is too early of a time to be awake.
Note to readers: If anyone wants to order a box for themselves/their mom/whatever, you should contact me because you can get a $10 discount for your first box if you’re referred!
Almost a year ago now, I was just about to start my first Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at JPL. NASA had sent out an email to all of their summer interns containing a social media template to announce that we had been selected as NASA interns. Excited to show my NASA pride, I posted it on my Instagram story, unaware of what would come out of this small action.
Hey hey! We’re starting a series where I walk you through my best finds for food and drinks in the Pasadena region, and in the LA metropolitan area. Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, if you will (although, for copyright reasons we can’t call it that). As you explore your college options, I firmly believe that food and location are more important than your high school guidance counselor may lead you to believe. And I’m here to share my best finds from my time at Caltech with you.
Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to intern at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) under the mentorship of senior research technologist Dr. Xiaoqing Pi. Dr. Pi’s guidance and mentorship has been instrumental to the development and success of my internship at JPL, where I use machine-learning to enhance the accuracy and integrity of navigation and communication signals. In addition to helping me develop an understanding of atmospheric and ionospheric remote sensing and machine-learning, Dr. Pi has often offered his insights on how to improve my researching skills. Dr. Pi was generous enough to take the time to answer a few questions regarding his research and advice for future student interns. I believe many students can benefit from some of the lessons that he has taught me:
The transition period to remote learning was a very uncertain time, especially for research and the Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program. Many hands-on projects had to pivot at the last minute to facilitate off-campus contributions. However, many Techers were able to take advantage of the research opportunities offered at Caltech and JPL to make the best out of remote learning and research. To paint a picture, I’ve interviewed a few talented Techers for some insight on what researching from home looks like for them.