DONE! We are done with regular decision committee!!
Phew! After all the reading over the past 5 months, we have successfully processed all the undergraduate applications through committee. (The admissions officers still need to process transfers, international, etc.)
It was a relatively easy morning, and we finished by lunchtime.
As happy as I am that we have finished putting together the class of 2014—I am pretty sad to not be reading for committee anymore. Admissions committee has been a big part of my upperclassmen years here at Caltech…and especially this year. It makes me feel good to know that I have personally helped shape the classes of students that have come to Caltech in the past years, and in the year to come when I have graduated. I am so lucky to have been involved in this process, thanks for having me admissions committee :)
Anyway, I think I’m pretty much having a chill rest of the week after all this…I kinda need to recover. Not much homework….but finals are coming up soon!
You’re squished with all your dorm essentials in the back of the car and your parents in the front trying to find parking. Emotions are high: Will you make friends? Will classes be too hard? What’s your roommate going to be like?
So you’ve done it! You’re going to attend Caltech, one of your dream schools, and you can officially call yourself a Techer. Maybe you grew up in sunny Southern California or, like me, moved thousands of miles from the East Coast (where they actually have seasons.) Regardless of how familiar you are with Pasadena or the Caltech campus before attending, becoming a student is a unique and new experience. Life at Caltech can be fun, but it is also one of the most rigorous schools in the world. It is important that your own health and wellbeing is always a top priority, regardless of whatever commitments you have on your plate.
Senior year tends to differ widely between different folks. Some have finished nearly all their major requirements, while others will be working through their classes all the way until graduation. My friends and I all fall on different points along this spectrum, but we all have something in common: we’re ready for second and third term.