A fifteen minute bus ride away from my workplace, the Seattle Art Museum is located in downtown Seattle. On the first Thursday of each month, the museum is free to everyone. Typically, the tickets cost $13 for students.
The museum itself isn’t that big, but it’s definitely nice to walk around. There are two floors of exhibits, featuring American art, Native American, European, African, and some Asian art.
This is part of the Native American exhibit. I really liked this exhibit since I think the art is really interesting, and the masks are all so cool!
This was also part of the same exhibit, which I thought was funny. These are variations on the classic Kellogg’s cereals, but a little different! I forgot exactly what the description read, unfortunately :(
Upstairs, there was an entire room full of china from different areas of the world. I particularly liked this set of china below.
There was also an African exhibit with a lot of different face masks, a European art exhibit, and an interesting modern exhibit? In the modern exhibit, there was a large screen with some kind of psychedelic sensory animations going on. I wasn’t really sure what to make of it, but it was interesting.
Overall, I think it’s worth spending a 2 hours here, especially on a free museum day.
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.
Let’s face it: the US loves being just a little different from everyone else. The obvious example? Units of measurement. As an international student from Canada, even I have no clue what’s going on half the time when my friends talk to me and use these weird nonsensical units. And I’ve literally lived on the border between Canada and the States for all my life. After a year here, I’ve finally got a sense of how the two systems of measurement compare and how you can more easily get your bearings with these weird units.
About a dozen frosh sit and stand in a semicircle around a whiteboard. Various Lloyd-themed interhouse names sit on a list awaiting their fate. One by one, possibilities are discussed and voted on, until four remain.