I went to see my old high school orchestra on Thursday. Ugh, what a torture it is to wake up at 6:50 am once more! But seeing the faces of my lovely family of four years was definitely worth it. This is a picture of what we call sectional rehearsals, where the orchestra splits into its different instrument components (ex. first violins, second violins, viola, cello, bass) and rehearses according to section. The advantage is that each section plays the same part, so it is easier for section leaders to work on specific problem spots without the conductor having to worry about the whole orchestra.
My mom took my dad and me out to lunch at her favorite Thai place. This one served soup, spring rolls and fried wontons along with their entrees, which were more skillfully cooked than Daisy Mint’s. That being said, I don’t think I’m wholly used to the idea of sweet noodles (such as Pad Thai) quite yet. I do love rice noodles though. Lots to learn about the world!
…usually work better than parentally planned ones. For example, portion planning could easily go wrong at a large gathering if one family brings unforeseen guests, whereas a carefully-arranged potluck between some high-school friends during extended lunch generally results in a fantastic meal. Shown here, though not placed very artistically, are homemade meat pies, baked mac and cheese, egg-salad and apple sandwiches, spring rolls, scallion pancakes, and cupcakes.
One never knows what may come up in the glorious supermarket of Vons, more commonly known as Pavilions here at Caltech…
Just a few random snapshots of the non-academic things I did while on spring break this year!
Till next time,
Usually, while writing this post, I would be at Caltech playing volleyball. I begin school eith preseason, which for those unfamiliar (or are planning on joining women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, men’s waterpolo, or cross country) is a 5 week long period before school begins where the sports teams I listed before practice and compete. My life during preseason is basically volleyball 24/7. Two practices a day (during school only one) and game days three days a week. No school work to worry about, spending time with my teammates all day, a nice refresher before school begins.
Every year, the Caltech Society of Women Engineers attends the National SWE conference to network with other SWE Chapters and to hustle for jobs. Last year, the event was in Minneapolis, and the year before in Austin. This time around, it’s in Anaheim which is much more convenient for us. Since it is much closer, we were able to send many more delegates to attend and miss fewer classes in the process of doing so.
It’s truly Autumn in Scotland now. It reached 0 degrees Celsius today, or 32 Fahrenheit for you yanks. They’re setting up the Christmas market downtown (as thanksgiving isn’t a thing here they just skip directly from Halloween to Christmas). Snow isn’t falling, but it does seem to be raining every other day. And it’s pleasant, quite pleasant. The rain turns Edinburgh into even more of a dramatic and beautiful city than usually is.