So, we’re already done with 10% of the Spring Term! It’s hard to believe
but I know time will slow down as we get deeper into the Term. The last few
days have been quite interesting. For instance, last Saturday my house had the
formal Party in a very nice hall on campus (Dabney Hall - it has
hardwood floors, beautiful walls and fancy curtains and lamps). The party was
meant to celebrate the beginning of Spring Term. It was surprisingly fancy!
Everyone in the house got invitation cards, we had live music (or own guys
playing guitars) and all the guys wearing suits and ties (well, there was a
formal attire and date requirement). It was a nice change of atmosphere and I
Ready for the
Earlier that day we had another track meet. I tried a
new event that I had never done before: the 400m open. I’ve been wanting to try
it for a long time because I liked 400’s in workouts. However, I was a worried
that in a race, the 400 would be much less appealing. Well, it was a fast loop
but I really enjoyed it. However, I think that if I want to run it again I
should do more sprinting-speed work-outs.
meantime, my roommate Hanna was out of town because she went to Florida for the
weekend. No, she did not go there for an extended beachy spring break. Rather,
More and more Prefrosh are appearing on
campus and on Monday I was quite amazed to learn that one of my preschool
friends not only got admitted to Caltech but was also to be on campus from
Monday to Tuesday! I saw him and introduced him to as many people as I could.
Hopefully he enjoyed it. In any case, I hinted that he should come to Prefrosh
Weekend and as far as I know, he signed up for it! Once
again, if you’re having even the slightest doubt about your college choice (or
even if you don’t have any doubt at all), come to Prefrosh Weekend! You will
not regret it!
Wednesday morning I attended my first meeting with the lab that I will be doing my SURF in during the summer. I forgot to say that on April 1, when high school seniors must get all their college replies, all Caltech SURF applicants receive SURF proposal replies! While I believe that the most important step is to find a professor willing to take you in for the summer, it is also crucial to write a SURF project proposal which includes things such as faculty recommendations and your own description of your research plans. The whole process is meant to mimic the grant-seeking process that is so important out in the real world. Anyways, I got official news that I received my SURF so now I can start visiting my lab. Although the SURF doesn’t start until June, it’s a good idea to start making yourself comfortable in your lab before the SURF officially starts.
Well, this week is rather hectic as I anticipated. My dance show is at the end of the week so many rehearsals have piled up. At least at the end of this chaos, Blacker Hovse is having its interhouse party. It is Doctor Seuss themed. I’m especially excited because Blacker is known for amazing construction so I promise to post some photos of that next time!
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.
Over the past several months, I have had the opportunity to intern at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) under the mentorship of senior research technologist Dr. Xiaoqing Pi. Dr. Pi’s guidance and mentorship has been instrumental to the development and success of my internship at JPL, where I use machine-learning to enhance the accuracy and integrity of navigation and communication signals. In addition to helping me develop an understanding of atmospheric and ionospheric remote sensing and machine-learning, Dr. Pi has often offered his insights on how to improve my researching skills. Dr. Pi was generous enough to take the time to answer a few questions regarding his research and advice for future student interns. I believe many students can benefit from some of the lessons that he has taught me:
The transition period to remote learning was a very uncertain time, especially for research and the Caltech Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) program. Many hands-on projects had to pivot at the last minute to facilitate off-campus contributions. However, many Techers were able to take advantage of the research opportunities offered at Caltech and JPL to make the best out of remote learning and research. To paint a picture, I’ve interviewed a few talented Techers for some insight on what researching from home looks like for them.