Some of you may be wondering what it’s like to be in Pasadena while being a Techer. It’s true that during the year we are quite busy with work and don’t go off campus much during the week. Actually, this depends on each individual person as some people manage to go all over the place and keep on top of work. I can say that I barely went off campus on weekdays but managed to walk somewhere on the weekend, mainly for food. However, the summer is a different story. It was when summer started that I really started feeling that I’m in Southern California. First, it’s pretty hot although this year has been an unusually “cold” for the area. Second, I’ve seen much more of the surroundings in the couple weeks of summer than during the past school year so I’ll describe some of these places for you.
The closest place to campus is Lake Avenue. This is where Techers often go in the school year for food. I described it in an earlier blog so I’ll go on to Colorado Boulevard. Colorado is a big street that runs East to West several blocks above campus and its western end is the heart of Old Town Pasadena. This is quite walkable although a car would be convenient. Old Town is rather popular with Techers as it has shopping, dining, movie theaters, etc. During the year we occasionally venture off there to break out of campus.
This is a part of the Paseo Colorado which is a big shopping and dining complex on Colorado. Nearby you can find movie theaters, ice skating, a big fancy ballroom center, a theater,…
The top of the Pasadena City Hall.
This is a very favorite frozen yogurt place that works just like Coldstone Creamery.
A few weeks back I went to downtown LA with a friend to see “The Sleeping Beauty” ballet production by the American Ballet Theater which was on tour at the time. The theater complex is awesome here with four theaters all in one block and with Broadway shows constantly touring through!
Now last Saturday we had a neon-themed party in my house’s dining hall that I called “Neon Night”. It took a lot of work and plenty of people came out to work together to make this party awesome. All students on campus were invited. Here are some pictures of the set-up:
And we baked. And we dressed up.
And the next day the RA’s (RA stands for “Resident Assistant” and that’s a graduate student who lives in an undergraduate house and serve as the house parent) of my house - Page House - organized a House beach trip to Laguna Beach. It was a drive but it was well worth it! When it got dark we got a fire pit and roasted marshmallows.
A sight from the road to Laguna.
Almost too good to be true.
Finding the children within us!
All in all it was a great weekend and a great summer so far but I find it hard to believe that we’re only barely halfway through summer!
When summer really starts coming to a close, I promise to give the incoming Prefrosh an idea of what to expect and what to bring!
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:
It’s crazy to think that it has been four years now since I was applying to college. I remember it vividly. This week we’re spending some time reflecting on our personal admissions processes, and how we ended up at Caltech. There’s one question though that I wanted to spin out into a separate post: “what advice would you give to the admitted class of 2025?” And I think the best way to do this is to tell a more detailed story than I did in my other post.
These past six months have been a whirlwind- from having to move out of Caltech housing in March within a week’s notice due to COVID-19, to starting the first term of my junior year, I’ve definitely experienced a lot of change. When I went home in March, it was to a completely new state-my family moved from Chino, CA to New Jersey in January (great timing, huh?). While I missed seeing my friends from home, it was fun to have the chance to explore a completely new place. The pandemic obviously limited what I could see and do, but I got to experience walks through nature and along rivers normally foreign to a SoCal native and had some time to focus on bioinformatics research for the lab I work with on campus.