I had the chance this past weekend to visit one of my high school friends in Berkeley, CA. I say I “had the chance” because I took advantage of the “reading period” that Techers have between the last day of classes and the official beginning of finals week to skip town. It was maybe not the best idea, especially considering I hadn’t yet started studying for my finals, but I found cheap plane tickets to the Bay Area and I jumped at the chance.
We hung out in Berkeley on Friday, with a stop at an awesome pizza place in Albany. We went to Napa the next day and I (legally) had the chance to sample a handful of wines from different wineries in the area. This was definitely something I couldn’t have done at Caltech! But the weather is better in LA :P
I learned, after taking a tasting class and tasting a bunch of different wines, that I still don’t really enjoy wine. So we went back to downtown Berkeley and saw Moana to kill some time. It’s one of the only movies currently out that I hadn’t gotten the chance to see while at school this term! There were alley events to see movies, and an ASCIT campus event to see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I’m also working with the Caltech Y (as the president of the Feminist Club) to arrange a screening of Hidden Figures next term for as many students as possible.
The Feminist Club is also arranging one or two speakers next term, as well as a panel discussion and a “History of American Feminism” lecture series. I’m very excited for everything we have planned for the rest of the year. I’ll keep you posted on this blog! ‘Till next time :)
It’s been over three months since my trip to the Galapagos, and I am still thinking about it. For seven days, we all woke up at 5:30 am on the boat, ate breakfast together, and went out as the sun was rising on our morning hike to catch frigatebirds mating or iguanas spewing salt from their nostrils. Our days were spent snorkeling with turtles, sea lions, and schools of fish, and our nights were spent sitting on the bow of the ship, talking all together under the stars. It was truly a spring break I will never forget.
Four weeks before graduation! While I’m looking forward to the summer and all the fun it promises, I’m also reflecting on my undergraduate experience over the past few years. This is a blog about my favorite classes during my time here, some expected and others less so. As a Computer Science major, no CS classes actually make my final cut, but my top three favorite classes all fall into the realm of Neuroscience, my other primary academic interest.
I remember being a junior in HS and my APCS partner, Brooke, had just gotten accepted into Caltech. She was looking at the course catalog for humanities courses during class (instead of working on our project) and shaking her head at the offerings. When May rolled around, she told me part of the reason she didn’t choose to go to Caltech was how the humanities courses seemed to be “too scientific,” with classes that integrated history with quantum physics, etc. A year later, when I was in the same situation, I decided to matriculate to Caltech for its strong STEM offerings, but felt some anxiety about how my love of the humanities would be fed during my four years of undergraduate education.
One of the most well-known benefits of being a Caltech student is the infamous 3:1 student to faculty ratio, which implies a personalized, interactive undergraduate experience with world-class research scientists. It was a primary reason why I chose Caltech above other schools as a high school senior. Now as my time at Caltech comes to a close, I can reflect back on my interactions with different professors and consider if this 3:1 ratio really “lives up to the hype.” I believe the answer is yes.