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.
Whenever I tell someone that Caltech has an undergraduate population of less than one thousand people, their first reaction is disbelief. “Really?” they exclaim. “You must know everyone! How can you get a real college experience with so few undergrads?”
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.