I have some big news! About a month ago, I adopted a kitty named Clementine as an emotional support cat. She’s currently about 7 months year old, and she’s one of my best friends.
She’s a diluted calico I met at the Pasadena Humane Society. As you can see from many of my other posts, I love the Society. Not only are they willing to protect mammals, they have an array of reptiles and birds, too! If you’re in the LA area and looking for an animal friend, I would definitely recommend stopping by (after you visit Caltech, of course!).
Well, back to Clementine. She’s a great cat to be around. She rarely meows (even when I took her on a 6 hour plane ride from LAX to JFK in NY), her best friend is my boyfriend’s cat from home, Chester, and she loves food more than most everything else (except maybe chasing birds). Normally the animal policy at Caltech prohibits cats from living anywhere other than the cat allies (hallways) within the houses. However, because Clementine is my ESA, the Deans and housing helped me sort out a living arrangement for myself in one of the off-campus Caltech-owned apartments. Though I had to move in the middle of term, Caltech did everything they possibly could to make sure the move was smooth. I can’t thank them enough; living with Clementine really helps me deal with my mental disorders! Because Caltech allows me to have her, I feel like I can do better in my classes and manage my stress. It’s just another one of the perks of going to such an inclusive, caring school.
Watching movies for my humanities class in film together! Clementine loves to watch movies with me.
As a Caltech student, I obviously have a love for STEM. But for me, that love is incomplete without the bigger picture—the role that STEM can play in helping society. That connection between science and humanity served as the initial motivation for one of my primary passions: organizing for environmental justice.
Now that the 2021 baseball season has come to close, I want to take a little trip down memory lane to the 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs. To set the scene, after an exciting wild card game win, the Washington Nationals (my team) began a five game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers win the first and third game of the series, and the Nationals win the second and fourth game, making game five a do-or-die situation. The final game took place at Dodgers Stadium, a mere 20 minute drive from Caltech. I pounced on this opportunity, going to the game with my fellow baseball-fanatic and Caltech student, Arya.
Hi y’all – this is my first post on the blog, and I’m glad to be here! This is actually a continuation of my friend and fellow blogger Tyler Colenbrander’s previous post about our experience living together over the past three virtual terms at Caltech. You can see his post at this link.