This past Saturday, Avery House hosted its Interhouse party. As you probably know, Caltech Interhouses are special. We don’t just play some music and put out some beverages and chips; we construct a dance floor and much more, plus our wonderful frosh spent hours making sandwiches, brownies, and cookies.
Unsubstantiated rumor time: I heard that Caltech’s big Interhouse party (all Houses hosted an Interhouse party at the same time) used to be one of Playboy’s top college parties in the country… but big Interhouse was stopped when someone from outside the Caltech community knifed a bartender. This was maybe a decade ago. We no longer have a big Interhouse, and our smaller Interhouses no longer top Playboy’s list of best college parties (if they ever did.)
Avery’s Interhouse had a rather obvious theme:
That’s a bunny rabbit/Trojan Horse contraption. I thought it was the killer bunny from the end of Monty Python, but apparently not.
I forget what part of Monty Python and the Holy Grail this cow is from….
People in the foreground have made a moat between Avery’s inner and outer pillars, and people in the background are painting drywall. I might be one of those blurry background figures.
This is the packed dance floor, structured like King Arthur’s Round Table!
The party was great, until it was shut down by Caltech Security at 1:30 for being too loud. Apparently a neighbor a few blocks away complained?
When packing for college, the first thing on your mind is likely not about celebrating your birthday. However, months later, as the inevitable birthday approaches, you may actually start to wonder what a birthday looks like without the friends and family you’ve likely spent every year with. Thankfully, at Caltech, there are many opportunities to make sure that a birthday away is just as good, if not better, than the one at home. One example is the Venerable house birthday tradition.
Studying at Caltech is a lot like crewing a spaceship. You get to work alongside some of the most talented people on Earth, you’re constantly doing science in order to survive, and the environment tends to keep you under a lot of pressure. It’s an incredible experience, and also a very challenging one, to be sure. Sometimes you’re left feeling like an impostor among your crewmates, having failed to complete every task you think is expected of you. But fear not! These feelings are not based in reality; they are merely symptoms of a benign condition known as impostor syndrome. Think you might be affected? This post is for you.
Always not quite organized, my desk is a constant, yet subtle reminder of why I ultimately chose Caltech: the people. (sigh… I bet you haven’t heard that one before!). It’s no secret that Caltech has a small undergraduate population but, in my experience, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find your people, it means you’ll be able to find them faster!
With the third term fast approaching and the status of COVID on campus pushing all major events to the spring quarter, students of the houses of Caltech were excited. The reason? Interhouse season had arrived. Interhouses, a longstanding tradition of the California Institute of Technology, are summarized as parties hosted by each respective house, usually with a theme, in which the entire undergraduate population is invited to attend. As every undergraduate house of Caltech has its own personality and characteristics, these interhouses too have their own flair depending on the house who hosts them.