What now? I’ve finished my senior year..and have a few days until graduation.
First…is relaxing and playing with my new iPad (it’s incredible, by the way)
Then were some senior receptions these past few days:
Ice cream social for the admissions office–PS: we moved! The admissions office moved a few weeks ago from Steele House to 383 S Hill over by the President’s House and the Einstein Papers House.
The ice cream social was done to celebrate a successful year in admissions tours and most importantly to recognize the graduating seniors for all their effort!
Friday was the Senior Reception and Dinner at Chandler. I was telling everyone that the last time just our class sat down to have a meal together was probably during rotation of Freshman Year when we first arrived. The food was so yummy…and the desserts were even prettier.
Too pretty to eat?…I don’t think so…
Then the almost-grads went to the alumni house for a special celebratory luncheon
So as you can see…it’s been a lot of relaxing and eating these past few days…and I can only foresee more of that until graduation. I’ve also been starting on the tedious task of packing up my room and selling some of my stuff (appliances, dorm room stuff) to underclassmen. That and getting prepared for my new job is keeping me busy.
Whenever I tell someone that Caltech has an undergraduate population of less than one thousand people, their first reaction is disbelief. “Really?” they exclaim. “You must know everyone! How can you get a real college experience with so few undergrads?”
One of the most exciting aspects of college life is the freedom that students enjoy when living on their own. When most students think about college life, one of the first things that comes to mind is Greek life, with the many sororities and fraternities on campuses across the country. While Caltech does not have Greek life, per se, we do have a unique housing system, similar to that of Hogwarts. There are eight houses and one residence on campus: Avery, Blacker, Dabney, Fleming, Lloyd, Page, Ricketts, Ruddock, and the Bechtel Residence. Each of the houses has its own unique culture, character, and traditions. I am a member of Ruddock House!
This past year was so different than most of us could have ever imagined. Living in “the virtual school year” posed a plethora of challenges, but at the same time, it opened the door to new possibilities. As a society, we learned how to better operate in a virtual world, and as individuals, we had time for new endeavors. For myself, this meant taking the leap of faith to move away from home and live with some fellow Techers. While I had already had the experience of moving away from home and coming to live in the Caltech houses, this was quite different. Instead of living in organized student residences with hundreds of other students, a meal plan, and tons of support resources, I was about to go live with just 5 other people (some of which I did not know super well) and we had to find and manage our own housing, food, and necessities.