*I’m leavin’ on a jet plane,
**Don’t know when I’ll be back again
Vienna Teng - one of my favorite folk/pop artists - does a good cover of this song, originally by John Denver.
The lyrics are partially true because I actually don’t know when I’ll be back here, as I haven’t booked my flight back in January yet.. should do that when I arrive home this weekend.
Having cycled through LOTR too many times to count [the same with Harry Potter; think of what
you can do when snowed in at Lake Tahoe], I’m settling for this pretty
little package that came in the mail this week:
Yes, girls can like Star Trek too. Some of us also play WoW, but Elaine hasn’t taught me yet.
Our last day here at Tech before the new decade consisted of shopping, shopping, and … more shopping? And dinner at In-N-Out, of course, because it’s only found in the western side of the States.
Hats, gloves, our wool coats and boots, sweaters, and all sorts of warm weather gear for the east coast. Supposedly, the nighttime temperature here is the daytime temperature in D.C.: we’ll update you on that one once we get there in less than 24 hours. Our shuttle leaves the Caltech Y at 5:30 am [yes, you read that time right] and we’ll be at our place of stay, the William Penn House, at around 4 pm tomorrow.
Our plan for tonight is to pack, and then grab breakfast at IHOP [one of the only places nearby that’s open 24 hours] at 4 before getting to the Y at 5. The general itinerary for the week is as follows:
Tuesday: Dinner with Caltech almuni
Wednesday: Monuments/Memorials/Museums Hopping, Department of Energy, NAS
Thursday: NIH, AAAS, The Pentagon
Friday: Breakfast with Michael Ledford, Lobbyist
The next time you hear from us, we’ll be on the other coast.
My favorite part about Caltech is the Houses! The easiest way to describe them is as Hogwarts houses: each has their own personality and group of people and the first thing you do at Caltech is go through a “sorting” process. The people are what makes the Houses at Caltech so great. As a frosh, it’s amazing to be able to come in and immediately have a group of 100+ people to support you. Because the Houses have students from every grade, you make friends with upperclassmen and can ask for help on tons of things like:
It’s crazy to think that it has been four years now since I was applying to college. I remember it vividly. This week we’re spending some time reflecting on our personal admissions processes, and how we ended up at Caltech. There’s one question though that I wanted to spin out into a separate post: “what advice would you give to the admitted class of 2025?” And I think the best way to do this is to tell a more detailed story than I did in my other post.
These past six months have been a whirlwind- from having to move out of Caltech housing in March within a week’s notice due to COVID-19, to starting the first term of my junior year, I’ve definitely experienced a lot of change. When I went home in March, it was to a completely new state-my family moved from Chino, CA to New Jersey in January (great timing, huh?). While I missed seeing my friends from home, it was fun to have the chance to explore a completely new place. The pandemic obviously limited what I could see and do, but I got to experience walks through nature and along rivers normally foreign to a SoCal native and had some time to focus on bioinformatics research for the lab I work with on campus.