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Musings from a Single

As a sophomore, I now live in a single slightly "off campus" in Braun House (ie. literally across the street, rotated perhaps 30 degrees east from Ruddock). Single life is…not as bad as I thought. My room is amply spaced and contains the usual wonders–a sink, an AC; my only complaint is that the shelves are rather high, so I have to stand on my chair to reach. That being said, I do miss having a roommate. I bought a carpet because she bought a carpet and it filled up the emptiness in the room slightly.

I find myself a lot more mobile this year, forced to often visit the adjourning Marks House where my roomie lives to seek her company. I even have an excuse to make the five-minute trek to Avery and see other friends who are living "off campus" there. And I’d be darned if I didn’t cross the street every night to partake in Ruddock dinners–actually, I have to cross the street multiple times during the day just to get to class or lunch. But considering all I did last year, which was veg in Ruddock if I wasn’t absolutely required to venture out of it, this is a lot of movement for me. Then again, Caltech students really tend to get lazy with their walking sometimes, hence the purchasing of bikes for use in crossing our block-long campus.

Rotation, the process by which our new prefrosh are sorted into the eight official undergraduate Houses, ended last Saturday with initiations into each House. Ruddock’s initiation this year took the form of an obstacle course across campus. Upperclassman tour guides led small groups of freshmen to complete different activities, culminating in a class picture with the President of the House.

I and a few other sophomores and juniors manned the tea party station. We themed ourselves Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Red Queen/Caterpillar, and the White Rabbit and served both iced tea and lemonade with cookies (no un-birthday cupcakes that day).

Club fair happened on October 9th, during which I discovered the existence of a science fiction and fantasy club at Caltech I did not previously know about.The chemistry club showed up with their usual beautiful array of element-themed cupcakes!

In other adventures…one Rudd frosh broke all 21 dinner rules one day and was punished severely by the head waiters.

That’s it for October events!
Till next time,

Anita Chen

Anita is a senior majoring in chemistry and minoring in English. Born in the island nation of Taiwan, she braved the cold on the American East Coast for a year at the age of six before moving to San Diego, California. At Caltech, she is involved in the music program and the literary and visual arts magazines. She is also an upperclass counselor (UCC) in Ruddock House, one of the 8 dorms on campus, where she watches out for the mental health of her peers and every once in a while tries to stir up trouble and excitement for her hallmates. In her spare time, she tutors and TAs, writes poetry and prose, plays the violin, draws, paints, cooks, and climbs rocks. She is currently pursuing her senior thesis project under renowned professor of chemistry Harry B. Gray, and plans on attending graduate school next year.

Graduation year: 2017

Option: Chemistry

Minor: English

House Affiliation: Ruddock