I LOVE getting packages in the mail. It feels like someone sent me a present, even if I ordered the package myself. :P At Caltech, undergrads are given PO boxes for getting letters/postcards/etc. Anything that’s larger is picked up at the on-campus mail office, which is conveniently near most of the student houses.
Recently, I ordered some stuffed animals from Squishablesduring their major sale! The timing was great because her birthday was coming up just then. I also got one for myself and my brother’s upcoming birthday.
This penguin is the Squishable I ordered for myself! He’s name is Fattie. :P
This red dragon is for my brother. Squishables also sells a blue dragon.
This jellyfish is for my friend!
When I went to pick up the Squishables from the mail office, I was also surpised to receive another small package. Turns out my parents sent me a care package. (D’awwwww) They sent me a mini baggie of vitamins (my parents would) and some Asian candies (yay!!).
These candies were from the goodie bags that my cousin gave out at her wedding. I missed the wedding because it was in the middle of classes, so my mom saved and sent them to me. The wrapper design is the most adorable ever; however, the candy itself didn’t taste that great. I think it was some sort of milk chocolate? It was really strange.
Whenever I tell someone that Caltech has an undergraduate population of less than one thousand people, their first reaction is disbelief. “Really?” they exclaim. “You must know everyone! How can you get a real college experience with so few undergrads?”
One of the most exciting aspects of college life is the freedom that students enjoy when living on their own. When most students think about college life, one of the first things that comes to mind is Greek life, with the many sororities and fraternities on campuses across the country. While Caltech does not have Greek life, per se, we do have a unique housing system, similar to that of Hogwarts. There are eight houses and one residence on campus: Avery, Blacker, Dabney, Fleming, Lloyd, Page, Ricketts, Ruddock, and the Bechtel Residence. Each of the houses has its own unique culture, character, and traditions. I am a member of Ruddock House!
This past year was so different than most of us could have ever imagined. Living in “the virtual school year” posed a plethora of challenges, but at the same time, it opened the door to new possibilities. As a society, we learned how to better operate in a virtual world, and as individuals, we had time for new endeavors. For myself, this meant taking the leap of faith to move away from home and live with some fellow Techers. While I had already had the experience of moving away from home and coming to live in the Caltech houses, this was quite different. Instead of living in organized student residences with hundreds of other students, a meal plan, and tons of support resources, I was about to go live with just 5 other people (some of which I did not know super well) and we had to find and manage our own housing, food, and necessities.