Hellooooo! And welcome to the first installment of Adventures of an Ex-Prefrosh!
As you can probably tell from other sources of information, my name is Anita and I’m a freshman here at Caltech. This
is the weekend before midterms, when we frosh are supposed to be stressing out.
And stress we do! So I’ve been a good kid and had a nice, productive weekend so
After going with 24 other people in my house to see “Despicable Me 2” yesterday, I made an autumn offering out of fruits that I obtained from parental visits and open kitchen, as well as a pumpkin my roommate acquired at the Frosh Women lunch this Thursday.
I drew a mini-mural of San Diego and some of my favorite haunts on our
whiteboard that hangs on the door. I’ve spent (ahem, wasted/procrastinated) about
three hours on it so far. Since I’m working in the hallway, everyone comes by
to chat and either see my work or admire the fact that I’m using dry-erase
crayons I borrowed from a friend. (They are really good for color manipulation
and I recommend this to anyone who is a kid, or at least partially a kid, on the inside.)
We had Zombie Night tonight, during which Ruddock House dresses up as zombies
and tries to break into Dabney. Of course, we did a house tour first of all the houses minus Avery, and banged
on people’s doors and made dying cat noises for the fun of it. The Darbs’
effort was impressive–one door was barricaded by a line of tables that
extended all the way to the wall on the other side. Eventually we broke in
successfully and ate pizza together.
Now, for me, it’s back to math instead of going to the Hollyween party.
Call me a spoilsport…but midterms are calling first! (Terrible pun, I know.) I guess that’s why we have
the party and celebrations on the 26th rather than the 31st
because midterms fall right along then. It’s good that Caltech keeps us entertained, though. Otherwise we frosh would have a much harder time adjusting to the workload than we already did.
The consequences of not being able to play in the orchestra due to night classes are already showing up in my math homework:
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.