I’m back in Houston after spending a fun and relaxing week in Maryland and Virginia Beach. :)
On my first day there, I celebrated my cousin’s graduation at this huge party with relatives and friends. The night was filled with dining, dancing and catching up with family.
Later that night, my newly graduated cousin took my cousins and me out to a lounge in Baltimore to celebrate at an after party with his college friends–and then to a late night diner for some munchies!
After a few days in Maryland, a whole lot of us drove 4 hours to have some R&R in Virginia Beach. For 3 days, my cousins, aunts, uncles and I spent time on the beach and explored the VB pier.
I still am on vacation from work—so I’m just hanging around Houston, and recovering from my exciting week. I’ll be celebrating the 4th of July with some new friends at a Crawfish Boil/BBQ pool party. Hope y’all enjoy your holiday!
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.