My favorite udon place of all time is Marugame Monzo in Little Tokyo. I found out about it in my freshman year, and I’ve never been disappointed! This is what the main street of Little Tokyo looks like:
The yellow storefront is Daikokuya, a famous ramen place, and right next to it is Marugame Monzo. There are always long lines for both places – you can even see from the photo that there are a bunch of people waiting outside. Typically, I’ve had to wait somewhere from 30 min to an hour to get inside Marugame. I haven’t been to this particular Daikokuya, but I went to another one closer to Caltech, and the wait was also around 30 minutes to an hour.
The interior of Marugame looks like this:
In the back of the restaurant, you can see the chefs cutting the udon noodles that are going to be served to you!
My favorite dishes to order are the curry udon (sometimes with extra noodles) and the beef udon. I got the curry udon this time, and my boyfriend got the duck nanban udon. He also likes the squid mentai butter udon.
I love this restaurant!! I’d highly recommend going if you ever get the chance.
One of the most exciting aspects of college life is the freedom that students enjoy when living on their own. When most students think about college life, one of the first things that comes to mind is Greek life, with the many sororities and fraternities on campuses across the country. While Caltech does not have Greek life, per se, we do have a unique housing system, similar to that of Hogwarts. There are eight houses and one residence on campus: Avery, Blacker, Dabney, Fleming, Lloyd, Page, Ricketts, Ruddock, and the Bechtel Residence. Each of the houses has its own unique culture, character, and traditions. I am a member of Ruddock House!
This past year was so different than most of us could have ever imagined. Living in “the virtual school year” posed a plethora of challenges, but at the same time, it opened the door to new possibilities. As a society, we learned how to better operate in a virtual world, and as individuals, we had time for new endeavors. For myself, this meant taking the leap of faith to move away from home and live with some fellow Techers. While I had already had the experience of moving away from home and coming to live in the Caltech houses, this was quite different. Instead of living in organized student residences with hundreds of other students, a meal plan, and tons of support resources, I was about to go live with just 5 other people (some of which I did not know super well) and we had to find and manage our own housing, food, and necessities.
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: