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 Venerable 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:
A few days ago, I wrote a blog post for recommendations of boba around Caltech. This follow up includes a far more comprehensive list of boba shops in the 626/SGV area. Now, I’ll admit that I have a rather extensive spreadsheet of boba stores and drinks that I’ve tried and enjoyed or disliked. However, I’d rather not bore everyone with a full spreadsheet, especially when it reveals just how much boba I’ve had each year. However, if I attempted to write about all of the shops I’ve tried, this post would get too long, so it’s instead compressed into a much more easily digestible format: a Tiermaker list. Obviously, this is the most sophisticated possible presentation of this information and 100% objective. Definitely tested via the scientific method and not subject to personal bias whatsoever.
In the past few years, boba or bubble tea has exploded in popularity, with stores opening up all across the country. As a very avid but picky boba drinker, this has been a blessing for me, as I’ve been able to try drinks from so many new stores. In the past four years, I’ve been able to try what might be conservatively called a fairly significant portion of boba stores in the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley area (otherwise known as 626/SGV).
I feel like a person’s desk or workspace can tell you a lot about them. So, I’ll reveal my darkest secrets and take you on a tour of my desk at Caltech! To begin, I’ll note that the dorm rooms have varying sizes/types of desks, so not all of them look like this; for example, bunk bed rooms in some houses have a desk as the bottom “bunk”, and so the desk spans the entire length of the bed. In comparison, mine is a standalone desk with some shelves on top of it. Regardless, I think what matters more is what a person chooses to put on/around their desk, so it’s time to show you all the nerdy things I have decorated my desk with.