I spent three hours this morning working on my CS24 midterm, and took a short break to do some writing for my En 127 (Jane Austen) class. My 24 midterm is 6 hours, in multiple sittings. I got about 50% of the work done and debugged and decided I was done for the day. Suzy knocked on my door around 4pm, feeling down and out about stressful EE 40 and EE 52 work. We ate some dark chocolate, talked, and decided that what we both needed was to get off campus and get some coffee (it helps that I also needed fodder for another blog post this week!)
We walked all the way to Old Pas to go to Amara’s Coffee and Chocolate. It’s a cute little cafe on Green st. and Fair Oaks.
They specialize in Spanish Churros, drinking chocolate, and gluten free sandwiches. We indulged in some churros (with dark chocolate for dipping) and lattes.
I forgot that they would be lattes with double espresso shots, and my Dulce de Leche latte is hitting me right now and I’m literally bouncing up and down at my desk. It also helps that I’ve replaced my desk chair with an exercise ball, so bouncing is easy!
I’ve got a little bit more work to do today, so let’s see if I can sit still long enough to get any writing done. Wish me luckkkkkkkk
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.
It’s been over three months since my trip to the Galapagos, and I am still thinking about it. For seven days, we all woke up at 5:30 am on the boat, ate breakfast together, and went out as the sun was rising on our morning hike to catch frigatebirds mating or iguanas spewing salt from their nostrils. Our days were spent snorkeling with turtles, sea lions, and schools of fish, and our nights were spent sitting on the bow of the ship, talking all together under the stars. It was truly a spring break I will never forget.
I can still recall the day college admissions results were released in the spring. In my own hubris, I was expecting a plethora of options from top schools around the country. I actually ended up with only two schools to choose from, Caltech and Columbia University, before Decision Day. “This is gonna be easy” I thought to myself. I was not thinking correctly. I was being a fool.