The weather being so nice out lately, my roommate and I began to think of having a picnic one of these days. So we gathered some of our friends in the alley and planned a potluck for a Sunday lunch right before finals week, as an energy booster and a last hurrah before graduation (though I was the only senior).
We got up in the morning to prepare food together in the House kitchens. Here is Starry cooking some chicken legs:
Rona making frosting:
Sandra preparing her frittatas to carry over to the park:
I was making matcha checkerboard cookies. Part of the process involves kneading the matcha into part of the dough and shaping it into a 7-by-7 inch square to cut into strips.
The strips have to be layered together in alternating colors and mortared with egg white (also to prevent the colors from blending) before the loaf of dough has to be frozen for 15 minutes prior to baking. Here are the cookies fresh from the oven!
We trekked over to the park and spread the table. Dishes featured were:
Cucumber cream cheese and chicken salad (with homemade curry powder) by Sandra;
Corn, egg, tater tot and pea frittatas by Sandra;
Hashed brown patties by Anna;
Yam, apple and corn salad by Gyu Bin;
Coca cola chicken by Starry;
Guacamole and chips by Melissa;
Matcha checkerboard cookies by myself;
Lemon glaze cookies by Meera;
And unicorn bars by Rona.
While we were waiting for Melissa to arrive, Gyu Bin and I tried taking some Instagram-worthy food shots and put them in a collage:
My plate looked like this…
The playground was too tempting to resist, so after lunch we went off to join the children and burn some calories…
My favorite thing about potlucks is how everything is always so delicious because everyone is trying to show off their best dish :) I will miss being able to go outside whenever I want to eat in the sun when I am in Chicago next year.
You’re squished with all your dorm essentials in the back of the car and your parents in the front trying to find parking. Emotions are high: Will you make friends? Will classes be too hard? What’s your roommate going to be like?
So you’ve done it! You’re going to attend Caltech, one of your dream schools, and you can officially call yourself a Techer. Maybe you grew up in sunny Southern California or, like me, moved thousands of miles from the East Coast (where they actually have seasons.) Regardless of how familiar you are with Pasadena or the Caltech campus before attending, becoming a student is a unique and new experience. Life at Caltech can be fun, but it is also one of the most rigorous schools in the world. It is important that your own health and wellbeing is always a top priority, regardless of whatever commitments you have on your plate.
Senior year tends to differ widely between different folks. Some have finished nearly all their major requirements, while others will be working through their classes all the way until graduation. My friends and I all fall on different points along this spectrum, but we all have something in common: we’re ready for second and third term.