It turns out that the work load here is pretty tough, and I must apologize for not necessarily posting exactly at the time events happen. I do have a lot to talk about though, and since I have a 13-hr flight back to the States (from Korea during spring break- there’ll be a post about that later perhaps), I figure I can write a few on the plane ride.
First off, I think I’ll finish the natural sequence to my last blog about building OPI. Meaning this blog will be about the actual party.
If you take a look at my last blog you’ll see how far we were just 2 days before the party. Needless to say, we pulled it all together at the last minute. I have never been part of, nor seen for that matter, such an intricate set up for a party, and it feels great to have helped build it. And though I did not help much with art, I have got to say, that’s what really makes the presentation awesome.
**We also had fog coming out of the volcano at points, but unfortunately I didn’t have my camera during the party to take a picture. I was cool though.
Our wonderful plane. You may not believe me but the propellers spun! I was completely not expecting that so when I found out I was pretty excited.
The DJ’s hut.
The party itself was great. At least better than many I’ve been to, but that may just be the people I was with. Overall, it was fun to get out, relax and dance- even though the music wasn’t particularly great. The food was amazing though! (Part of my enthusiasm may be because I am really hungry right now… but it was pretty good.) We had free milkshakes for people coming to the party, and a whole spread of fruit and finger food on a table. Plus three professional bartenders handled all the drinks.
The last two pictures are the left and the right of the dining room respectively. It’s a little empty in these pictures since the party hadn’t really started yet. The milkshake station was against the back wall, and was only up during the party.
There were also paper mache made parrots placed around the party at points. If you didn’t notice, there are three in the pictures above. The one below hung above the piano and had about a three foot wing span.
All I’ve got to say is I really enjoyed my milkshake, and the fruit was delicious. The fruit display was actually really interesting- I thought we just had extra pineapples for display, but in fact they had been cored and only the empty shell was on display.
At the end of the party someone pulled the fire alarm and though it was effective in clearing out the party, security was having trouble turning it off. In the end, the wire for the sound was cut and we only had to deal with the flashing lights from the fire alarms.
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.