I’m back, this time with stories and pictures from some special guests! It’s about time: The rest of the members of the Prefrosh Yield Committee and I have been waiting and planning for so long to finally get to meet some of our darling prefrosh. I led a costume competition icebreaker that was super fun, and I was really excited to see some of the creative costumes people came up with!
**The Theme:** Superheroes
**The Interpretation:** The Hardy-Weinberg equation is super because it keeps things in equlibrium!
**The Interpretation:**A bug, a flamingo, a bird, a swan, and a turtle. (Bonus question: Which ones do we see at Caltech?)
**The Interpretation:**These girls love Benedict Cumberbatch, so they decided to be different parts of his cells that help keep him alive.
**The Interpretation:**The guy with the orange hat is a clown. Lady Gaga also made a guest appearance. Just so you know.
**The Theme:**What makes you nerdy?
**The Interpretation:**Space exploration! (She's a plane, see?)
**The Theme:**Welcome to Los Angeles
**The Interpretation:**Apparently we've got lots of flowers, Forever 21, celebrities, and a polluted ocean. Is that accurate? Come check it out yourself and see!
Quite a few daring prefrosh got to see Caltech the way it was meant to be seen: FROM A BOAT!They also bravely endured some epic battles between Batman and evil, of course.
All in all, it was a great weekend, and I got to meet a lot of brilliant prefrosh with tough choices come May 1. It was an honor to host and talk to them and remember what it was like to be in their shoes last year. From my perspective, PFW was amazing and fun, and while that was a bit denser than typical Caltech life, I assure you, the people are the same brilliant, inspiring, humble souls that said hi during PFW.
Best of luck with your choices!
Keep lookin' up,
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.