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!
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.