The adapters that I spent so long getting were immediately put to good use. One of my friends had just bought a copy of Rock Band 2 (marked down because of the new Beatles Rock Band), somebody else had a XBox 360 we could use, we borrowed some controllers, and the house had speakers and a projector. It’s a bit like stone soup, if you remember that fairy tale, but we made it work.
We projected everything up on one of the walls in the courtyard. The residents on that wall put down their blinds at night most of the time anyway, so people aren’t looking in their windows, so it makes a nice screen. We had to be careful, though, to make sure the bottom of the picture was aimed at the big white space between windows. Otherwise, it’s kind of hard to play.
The hardest part of setting everything up is moving the speakers. It takes two people to get them up and down the stairs, so it’s kind of a pain. It’s worth it, though! With those speakers, you feel like you’re really rocking out!
We dragged over some couches so people would have a place to sit. Several of the new freshmen who are here for pre-season showed up and played for a while. Then, around 2 am we had to pack up. Pasadena has zoning ordinances that say that we’re not supposed to make loud noises after 2 am, even on the weekend.
After that long walk, I was content to watch other people play while I relaxed in the hot tub. Ahhhh.
SURF, short for Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, is a quintessential experience for any Caltech student. It is a widely accessible research fellowship for Caltech students that funds your proposed research for one summer term. While many of my classmates did their first SURF the summer after their freshman year, I sent in my first application to the program as a sophomore. As a CS major, I was trying to chase meaningful work that intersected computation with the field of neuroscience. I ended up doing a SURF at the Stanford School of Medicine that first year, studying hand gestures in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since then, I’ve been working in the research space of applying computational analyses to ASD.
This summer, from the confines of my Brooklyn apartment, you could find me typing away on a tiny 13-inch laptop screen. At times I was looking for answers on countless Stack Exchange pages, editing a Jupyter notebook, or making blood flow measurements on a software called Arterys. This was my 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURF) experience.
Almost a year ago now, I was just about to start my first Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at JPL. NASA had sent out an email to all of their summer interns containing a social media template to announce that we had been selected as NASA interns. Excited to show my NASA pride, I posted it on my Instagram story, unaware of what would come out of this small action.
Hey hey! We’re starting a series where I walk you through my best finds for food and drinks in the Pasadena region, and in the LA metropolitan area. Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, if you will (although, for copyright reasons we can’t call it that). As you explore your college options, I firmly believe that food and location are more important than your high school guidance counselor may lead you to believe. And I’m here to share my best finds from my time at Caltech with you.