A few exciting things have happened on and around campus recently that I wanted to share with you :)
First, the March for Science on April 20th. There was a large event in Downtown LA, and a smaller one in Pasadena. Many people on campus chose to go to the larger March, and many people from the Pasadena community joined us on campus for our version. The March in Pasadena started at Caltech, on the lawn of the Beckman Institute, with a rally and speeches from local lawmakers (including Congresswoman Judy Chu, a CA assemblyman, and a local school board member).
The March started after an hour, and went about 2.5 miles to a park next door to Pasadena City Hall. There was a science fair of sorts there, followed by more speeches. I…had homework to do, so I didn’t stay for the second rally!
We also recently had an Art Night on campus. The Red Door Cafe is going to be renovated and so has moved temporarily to inside of the C-Store. After the move, the space was empty. Caltech Dining Services (and a few other groups on campus) have turned it into an art gallery, and kicked off the show with an art walk and live music. There was wine, cheese, and boba, and a ton of paintings and photographs by Caltech artists. There was also a four hour period of live music, which was fantastic! One of the campus a cappella groups (Fluid Dynamics) performed, as well as a few student groups.
And in news that isn’t exciting for the rest of campus but is personally exciting, I have finally managed to create something in ceramics class that is worth firing! I made this family of little bowls last week, and I’ve very happy with how they turned out, even if they are a little lopsided.
Here’s to more exciting non-homework-related things for the rest of term :)
We’ve all heard that the stomach is the fastest way to someone’s heart^. I never fully understood this until I got to college. While Caltech Dining Services (CDS) does its best to diversify the lunch and dinner menus, sometimes nothing can quite fulfill the craving for your mom’s home cooking. Having grown up in between Venezuela and Texas, home cooking for me looks like arepas, tacos, and brisket (among other things). Thankfully, Caltech’s location, just outside vibrant LA, makes attempts to find close seconds (to my mom’s cooking) easy and exciting. Often, I don’t even have to venture more than a mile or two from campus to find reliable favorites. Here are just a few within walking distance:
On May 8, the Washington Nationals came to Los Angeles Angels for a lovely Mother’s Day Game. I, being a D.C. native and avid Nationals fan, of course had to attend– the Nationals play the Angels very rarely because they play in different leagues and on opposite coasts. My dad and I have a goal of going to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, and we had to take advantage of our home team being in L.A., so my mom and dad both flew out for the weekend.
On the weekend of April 16th, my friends and I participated in the first ever Southern California College Poker Tournament! The tournament was for college students in the SoCal area with a $0 buy-in that doubled as a recruiting event for quant and finance firms. A senior friend of mine (Vanessa, a fellow blogger) put together a team of five girls who had no interest in being recruited and just wanted to have fun playing poker.