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Ankita Nandi ’24

Hi! I’m a senior in Page and involved with a number of student organizations on campus. I’m Director of Operations in student government, part of the Executive Board for Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans Plus (APIDA+), and involved with student publications like the literary magazine Looseleaf and the newspaper, The California Tech. Outside these activities, I enjoy spending time with friends outside on or off campus (like the Huntington Gardens), and love to read and get books from the local library.

Jen Hu ’25

Hello! I’m a rising junior, the current Dabney secretary, and I’m from Rockville, Maryland. In my free time I’m a freelance illustrator (you can find me on Twitter at @otaku_553) and I enjoy obscure video game lore and anime. If you ever want to know the connections between every final boss in the Kirby games or the whole Kingdom Hearts timeline, I’m your guy!

Santiago Adams ’25

My name’s Santiago, I’m a junior in Page House. I’m from New York so it’s nice to get the warm weather out here in LA. I really like listening to music of all kinds and seeing live music is one of my favorite things to do. I’m also vegan, and I like to walk/hike.

Dilichi Nwankwo ’25

Hey, my name is Dilichi and I am a current junior majoring in Computer Science. I’ve already had a passion for exploring the greater LA area and trying new places. Caltech is hard, so it’s always nice to find ways to relax. Whether on or off campus, there’s always fun ways to pass the time!

Chi Cap ’25

I flitter around here and there — from the coast of Vietnam, all the way to the scorching heat of Texas, and now to Pasadena! When I’m not daydreaming about the sea or the stars, I like to write fictions and poetry, watch movies, or swimming. I’m also a member of the TechLIT club and the Totem Literary Magazine on campus, and I’m very active in Dabney House, where I am currently the Vice-President and Health Advocate.

Juni Polansky ’25

Hi I’m Juni, a junior from Baltimore, MD. I am majoring in bioengineering and minoring in English. I play on the women’s soccer team and run on the track team. In my free time, I like to read, play guitar, and paint.

Michael Gutierrez ’25

… or “Guutz” for short. Junior, 🏝️Sarasota Florida Man, Dabney Hovse Peer Advocate, Editor-in-Chief for The California Tech, President of Caltech QuestBridge Chapter, tuba band kid converted to theater geek (come see my show at Caltech this December 2023!), Guitar Matt™️, builds things sometimes, somethingsomethingspacesatellites CubeSat Club, sk8r boi, licensed “ham” (iykyk), other stuff probably (too many things), in my free time I study Astrophysics📡☄️🌌 nyah ( ✌︎’ω’)✌︎ ¯\(ツ)/¯

Tessa Pierce ’25

I’m a junior studying Biology, intending to minor in Chemistry and/or Environmental Science and Engineering. I’m from a small, rural town in Washington state about an hour north of Spokane. On campus I’m the founding President of HOSA- Future Health Professionals, a member of the Health Advocate and Peer Advocate programs, an Orange Watch volunteer, and I’ve participated in SURF on campus, the SURF Exchange with the University of Iceland, and Study Abroad! In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching Disney movies, and playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Katelyn Lee ’23

Hi, my name is Katelyn, and I’m an alum (Class of 2023) from New York City majoring in Bioengineering! As a member of Lloyd house, I served as President and Social Director. You could also find me singing with the acapella group, Fluid Dynamics, tutoring in the Caltech Y RISE program, or developing open-source bioinstruments with the Pachter lab. I am an avid runner and museum-goer, and I love to read, tinker, and do crosswords.

Hannah Fisher ’24

Hi, I’m Hannah! I’m a senior from Portland, Oregon majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Geological and Planetary Sciences. At Caltech, I work as a teaching assistant for MechE classes and as a student researcher in the Daraio Lab. Outside of school, I enjoy long distance running, making arts and crafts, and reading nonfiction. On weekends you can usually find me exploring Los Angeles by metro, going to live comedy shows, and trying new coffee shops.

Rahul Chawlani ’24

Hi! My name is Rahul Chawlani and I am a Senior studying Electrical Engineering from the Houston area. I am a member of Page, where I am the Social Director, and I’m also on the Caltech swim team! I do research in the Marandi Lab and outside of STEM I love the write, play the piano, and watch football and basketball in the Page Lounge.

Athena Kolli ’24

Hi! I am a senior from Buffalo Grove, Illinois. At Caltech I am a member of the varsity women’s tennis team, and I do research with the Daraio Lab. I am also a full member and peer advocate for Fleming House and a social member of Lloyd House. In my free time I enjoy working out, reading, and just about anything creative!

Chase Blanchette ’23

Hi, my name is Chase Blanchette, and I’m an alum (Class of 2023) from Ellicott City, MD in electrical engineering. I was the vice president of Venerable House, member of the EE subteam of Caltech Robotics Team (which builds a submersible robot), and I played Quizbowl and ultimate frisbee as well. In my spare time, you can catch me biking, hiking (I love the mountains!), reading, solving crossword puzzles, and building Rube Goldberg machines (complicated chain reactions made of everyday objects that accomplish a simple task) for my YouTube channel. Above all, I love meeting people and making puns!

Sarah Bass ’25

Hi, I’m a junior from Livermore, California (a city that claims to be part of the “bay area,” though there seems to be much discourse regarding that statement). At Caltech I’m a member of PARSEC (the rocketry club), one of the Blacker house historians, and a Mechanical Engineering major. In my free time, I like to read, crochet, watch anime, and sometimes go hiking.

Julian Millan ’25

Hi! My name is Julian and I’m a junior in Blacker Hovse at Caltech. My interests and hobbies are music, music, music. I love music discourse and you can always catch me looking into recent releases. I also am really into weightlifting and I go to the gym roughly six days a week. When I’m not doing either of those things, I’m probably sleeping, working, or out with friends.

Isabel de la Torre Roehl ’23

I’m an alum (Class of 2023) in Page house, born and raised in the Pasadena area. On campus I was an admissions ambassador, undergraduate researcher in the Stoltz Lab (synthetic/organic chemistry), Deans Tutor, and TA for various chemistry courses. In my free time I perform as a company member with a local ballet company and explore other dance classes in the area. I also like to host Bachelor/Bachelorette viewing parties and explore the area and food scene with my friends!

Bea Avila-Rimer ’24

Hi! My name is Bea, and I am a senior from Houston, TX majoring in CS with an IDS minor. I am Questbridge Scholar and former President of the Questbridge Club on campus! I am also part of the Women’s Tennis Team, a PA (peer advocate) and a member of Lloyd house! In my free time I love to hang out with my friends, explore LA, and learn new things.

That's all, folks!

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Lucas Demetriades

I’m an Undergraduate Admissions Counselor and the Admissions Officer in charge of our student blog! I grew up right here in Pasadena before venturing to the rural Midwest to study physics at a small liberal arts college. I now have the honor of bringing my passions for STEM and the small college experience to Caltech!