I thought I’d take a break from filling out medical school applications to share with you all my plans for the upcoming school year as ASCIT Social Director. Many of these events have traditionally been held every year around the same time, while some are new ideas that I’ve recently come up with. Let me know what you think!
End-of-Rotation Party: A party to celebrate the end of rotation! Enough said. [ANNUAL]
End-of-Rotation Carnival: I help Tom Mannion host a school-wide carnival predominantly for the new incoming frosh in mid-October. There are usually lots of fun, traditional carnival games and activities, endless amounts of food, great musical performances by current students, and this year, a memorable nighttime “show.” If you’re a prospective student, you won’t want to miss this event! [ANNUAL]
Interhouse Pumpkin Carving Contest: Houses compete to carve the coolest and most unique pumpkin. The house that wins gets a dinner at Tom’s. [NEW LAST YEAR, HOPING TO BECOME ANNUAL]
David Garibaldi Art Show and After (Paint) Party: This is my latest idea for the upcoming year. I’m hoping to hire David Garibaldi, an amazing performance painter, for a show at Caltech. I’d love to host a massive paint party for the students afterwards since everyone will be all hyped up from the show. [NEW]
David Garibaldi on America’s Got Talent.
Coffeehouse Holiday Bash: Celebrating the December holidays at our coffehouse with assorted holiday food and drinks, a cappella performances, holiday movies, trivia, cookie decorating, pictures with Santa and his “reindeer” (who was Tom’s dog last year) and elves, etc… [NEW LAST YEAR, HOPING TO BECOME ANNUAL]
Us with Santa and his elf!
Winter Wonderland: I hire a company to set up a synthetic ice rink on campus near the houses along with some fake snow for sledding and snowball fights. Tom gives out lots of warm food and drinks to keep people full and happy. A white Christmas in California! [NEW TWO YEARS AGO, HOPING TO BECOME ANNUAL]
Be A Kid Again: Around the time girl scout cookies come out, I have a giant “kiddy” event at Tom’s house where I’ll get a giant bounce house, hire a face painter, put on some Disney movies, and most importantly, rent puppies for students to play with. Tom also orders a LOT of girl scout cookies for us to eat. Best way ever to relive your childhood. [NEW TWO YEARS AGO, HOPING TO BECOME ANNUAL]
ASCIT Movie Night: Tom buys hundreds of movie tickets each year and treats students to a new movie at the local theater. Two years ago, we saw The Avengers, and this past year, students had the choice between Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness. [ANNUAL]
Europarty: A party hosted by me and the exchange students…it’s a fun cultural event that usually attracts grad and foreign students. [ANNUAL]
Cirque Du Soleil Show: This year, as my final event, I’d love to try and get a low key Cirque Du Soleil show held on campus somewhere…I haven’t thought out the details much, but I feel like the entire Caltech community would enjoy an event like this! [NEW]
And if money allows for it…
Concert: I would also love to get a famous musician/band on campus for a concert. My class (class of 2014) never got the opportunity to have an on-campus concert, so I think it’d be awesome as a parting event.
Rathskeller Nights: The past two terms, I’ve rented out the Rathskeller, the bar and game room at the Athenaeum on campus, for students to hang out and enjoy some subsidized food and drinks. It’s really nice being able to socialize and enjoy the scene here since the Ath is usually a members-only facility. [NEW LAST YEAR, HOPING TO BECOME TERMLY]
Throw in a couple of parties here and there as well, and we call it a year!
Events held every other year (and not being held this year):
See my first post for detailed descriptions of these events.
If any of you readers are prospective students, feel free to throw out ideas as to what events you’d like me to add to the upcoming year!
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.