Hey Y’all! So, I’ve begun work at Schlumberger and there is so much to say.
First of all— the site I work at is absolutely GORGEOUS. There are many Schlumberger work sites throughout Houston; I work at the Schlumberger Reservoir Completion center (SRC) in Rosharon, about 22 miles away from where I live in Houston.The buildings are state of the art and structurally stunning. The campus is on 400 acres, and has lush landscape and man-made ponds all over the property.
The best way I can describe the work-site location is to analogize it to a mirage. Because to get here, you have to drive for miles and miles on an empty 2-lane highway bordered by rice fields. And then all of a sudden, you turn out of the road, and are surprised with this huge facility out in the middle of nowhere. The sight of it all is almost surreal…like a mirage.
Thankfully, I have a driver to take me to and from work every day, since the drive is pretty long. I end up sleeping since I leave my apartment at 7am in the morning, and leave the office at 5pm.
More about the office and my actual work a little later…until then, I’m free to explore Houston till Monday morning!
When packing for college, the first thing on your mind is likely not about celebrating your birthday. However, months later, as the inevitable birthday approaches, you may actually start to wonder what a birthday looks like without the friends and family you’ve likely spent every year with. Thankfully, at Caltech, there are many opportunities to make sure that a birthday away is just as good, if not better, than the one at home. One example is the Venerable house birthday tradition.
Studying at Caltech is a lot like crewing a spaceship. You get to work alongside some of the most talented people on Earth, you’re constantly doing science in order to survive, and the environment tends to keep you under a lot of pressure. It’s an incredible experience, and also a very challenging one, to be sure. Sometimes you’re left feeling like an impostor among your crewmates, having failed to complete every task you think is expected of you. But fear not! These feelings are not based in reality; they are merely symptoms of a benign condition known as impostor syndrome. Think you might be affected? This post is for you.
Always not quite organized, my desk is a constant, yet subtle reminder of why I ultimately chose Caltech: the people. (sigh… I bet you haven’t heard that one before!). It’s no secret that Caltech has a small undergraduate population but, in my experience, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find your people, it means you’ll be able to find them faster!
With the third term fast approaching and the status of COVID on campus pushing all major events to the spring quarter, students of the houses of Caltech were excited. The reason? Interhouse season had arrived. Interhouses, a longstanding tradition of the California Institute of Technology, are summarized as parties hosted by each respective house, usually with a theme, in which the entire undergraduate population is invited to attend. As every undergraduate house of Caltech has its own personality and characteristics, these interhouses too have their own flair depending on the house who hosts them.