Personally, I’d pick ninjas over pirates any day. But I’ve got to hand it to them: Pirates really do know how to party.
Yesterday was our Pirate’s dinner out on San Pasqual lawn, sponsored by our very own Caltech Dining Services (CDS). And when CDS decides to host a theme for a party/dinner, they go all out.
Let’s see…for our menu, we had
Blimey Fire and Ice Pasta Salad (Cold and Spicy pasta…ow I can’t handle spicy foods…)
1st Mate Mango Salad (Best fruit ever)
Anchors Away Fruit Spears
for starters, then as entrees:
Davy Jones Out Flanked Steak
Peg Leg Chicken Breasts (they really have one leg!)
Hooked Mahi Mahi
Cannon Ball Red Potatoes (we actually started throwing these around…they hurt >_<*)
Handtack Biscuits (amazingly fluffy and a little sweet)
Then, we topped it off with a couple of
Deep Sea Turtle Brownies (peanut butter chocolate chips and chocolate galore)
Ship Wrecked Cake (Didn’t quite look like a ship…who cares? Probably the best dessert I’ve ever had)
And finally, they pulled out a miniature model of a pirate boat (4 feet long, 3 feet tall…at least). This was a 21 layer cake of vanilla and chocolate, covered in icing to resemble Jack Sparrow’s on ship from Pirates of the Caribbean.
But that’s enough about the food. They even got us all pirate hats and beachballs!
There were only about…100 of these. A spontaneous dodgeball fight ensued shortly after dinner….no casualties though!
Oh, here’s our Senior Student Body President for next year. No worries, she didn’t eat that all by herself…I think.
Did I mention the hats? A lucky few got captain versions too…
But yeah, definitely one of the many perks about Caltech. See ya around, mate!
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.