I would love to share with you everything I love about my house. The friends I’ve made, the parties we’ve thrown, the shenanigans that occur at 1AM when CS21 sets are due at 2AM…but there isn’t enough space in any blog post to do that. So I’ll share a few little things that make my life in a Caltech house really amazing.
To begin with, I love that every house throws an Interhouse party each year. Page’s party is the first one, and the only one during first term. This year’s party was “Cold War” themed. We built the dance floor, walls, bar, and DJ’s booth in the weeks before the party, and painted everything the two nights before. We procrastinated a bit, but the wall murals looked incredible!
This was the beginnings of our rocket launcher centerpiece.
During the party itself, a group of students from another house came by to protest the war:
We are currently gearing up for four Interhouse parties this term, so prepare for more photos!
Beyond the creativity of our party building, I’m a really big fan of how everyone in the house supports each other. After ski trip, a group of frosh baked a few dozen cupcakes and surprised Fabio on his birthday!
Our head UCC, Megan, adopted a cat this year. His name is Nugget (short for Dinosaur Chicken Nugget), and one of my favorite stress-relieving activities is hanging out with Megan and Nugget. Megan’s been a UCC for two years and has a good handle on talking people through struggles (academic, personal, emotional, etc.) and Nugget has been a cat for many years and is very good at being fluffy and soft.
These were just a few updates about house life. We have elections in two weeks for our Executive Committee (President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer, Athletics Manager) and house representatives to various committees (ARC, BoC, CRC, etc.). Also coming up this term are poker night, a possible beach trip, several birthdays, and a ton of Alley events! I’ll keep you posted with everything going on in the houses this year, so you can get a good idea of all of the benefits of house life.
Anything you want to know about living in the houses?
As I write this blog, I’m sitting on a grassy knoll on Pomona-Pitzer’s campus. It’s the last match of my final season of tennis here at Caltech. It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling to be done with my college tennis career (unless I decide to use my final year of NCAA eligibility, granted to athletes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic). Being a part of the women’s tennis team here has been a defining part of my identity and where I met my community on campus. In this blog, I want to discuss a bit of the process of becoming an NCAA athlete, the Caltech experience of handling schoolwork and a sport, and my take on how it affected my growth here.
A few days ago, I wrote a blog post for recommendations of boba around Caltech. This follow up includes a far more comprehensive list of boba shops in the 626/SGV area. Now, I’ll admit that I have a rather extensive spreadsheet of boba stores and drinks that I’ve tried and enjoyed or disliked. However, I’d rather not bore everyone with a full spreadsheet, especially when it reveals just how much boba I’ve had each year. However, if I attempted to write about all of the shops I’ve tried, this post would get too long, so it’s instead compressed into a much more easily digestible format: a Tiermaker list. Obviously, this is the most sophisticated possible presentation of this information and 100% objective. Definitely tested via the scientific method and not subject to personal bias whatsoever.
In the past few years, boba or bubble tea has exploded in popularity, with stores opening up all across the country. As a very avid but picky boba drinker, this has been a blessing for me, as I’ve been able to try drinks from so many new stores. In the past four years, I’ve been able to try what might be conservatively called a fairly significant portion of boba stores in the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley area (otherwise known as 626/SGV).