I am on an absolute war path to learn all this music in time for Saturday’s concert at Disneyland. It’s a battle: me vs. my ears, which are filled with this low buzzing for a few hours after I practice, even though I wear special industrial earplugs. Homework, studying…it’s all fallen to the wayside, because this music MUST BE LEARNED (I even missed this rather vital review session for an orgo quiz, but my lovely TA spent time after it had finished helping me learn Heck reactions and the ‘dance of olefin metathesis’).
About half of the band is driving while the rest of us are taking a bus to the park. We’re playing at 12:30, and after that we’re free to wander around the park. I’ll take lots of pictures and make sure to post them all : )
In any case, house pride aside, I have to admit that Blacker’s building just blew me away last year. This year’s theme is ‘Dr. Seuss,’ from what I can tell from the posters around campus. I’m really excited to see what they put together this time…I’ve heard that there’s a 14-layer structural cake in the shape of the Cat in the Hat’s hat.
Speaking of food, I managed to get off campus before the fun of tomorrow. There are a lot of restaurants in the nearby town of Pasadena, especially in this one section known as Old Pasadena (or ‘Old Pas’). We went to ‘Tibet Nepal House,’ for some authentic Nepalese andTibetanfood that looked a lot, to me, like Indian food. I asked the waiter to bring me something as far away from Indian food as possible…
I also went to the 7th Annual Caltech Spring Dance Concert with a few friends. It was pretty spectacular, with a lot of different kinds of dancing (ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, traditional Korean, salsa…). The entire show, of course, featured members of the Caltech community, including some of my friends. Those pictures will be posted, I’m sure, on another blog, so I’ll just leave you untilthe next time I post–and I promise it’ll be all about Disneyland! See you then,
…Or, How a Disciple of Bethany Ehlmann, a Former Desert Militiaman, Moore Lab Subbasement Dwellers, Roblox’s Newest Intern, a Florida Man, and a Luminous Plasma Scientist Went to War with the Caltech Mail Center, Got Double-Crossed by AirGas Corp., Survived Three COVID Outbreaks, and Nearly Stranded Themselves in the Mojave in order to Send a Bag of Peanuts to Space (A True Story).
Every midterm week and final week, Page House Peer Advocates (PAs) put on a de-stressing event. This term for midterms, the PAs hosted a painting night in conjunction with a Page dessert night. (Every Thursday, the House gives $60 to a pageboy (a member of Page) to buy a bunch of dessert and snacks for the house for dessert night.). They provided canvases, paint brushes, and a variety of paint colors for the night. It was a really fun and relaxing time to stop working on sets or studying for midterms for a bit and hangout with friends.
On the weekend of April 16th, my friends and I participated in the first ever Southern California College Poker Tournament! The tournament was for college students in the SoCal area with a $0 buy-in that doubled as a recruiting event for quant and finance firms. A senior friend of mine (Vanessa, a fellow blogger) put together a team of five girls who had no interest in being recruited and just wanted to have fun playing poker.
One of Caltech’s many clubs is the RISE tutoring program, where undergraduate students connect with local high schoolers and provide tutoring in various STEM subjects. I only became a tutor this academic year, but the experience has been so rewarding for me and, hopefully, also for the students I tutor.