The time has come—midterms week is here!
But being a senior, I only have one midterm test to take and a midterm presentation to put together for E/ME 105….thank goodness. Sorry frosh and s’mores…but we’ve all been there–having 3 to 5 tests to take. I feel your pain!
This week has been pretty busy for me with my thesis objective outline due, having two on-campus interviews and a meeting with the freshman admissions committee. I have been running around campus, and being in a different place every hour. But everyone who knows me well, knows that I like to keep myself busy.
Yesterday I picked up my CDS 110 midterm, which is due next Tuesday. Because of our honor code–all of our exams at Caltech are take-home. Meaning, you could take them wherever and whenever as long as you follow the directions on the front, stay within given time limit, consult appropriate sources stated and turn it in before the due date. It is SOO convenient and makes midterms and finals week more bearable. I have friends at other universities who are uber jealous of my take-home exams, since they have to wake up super early to take a 3 hour exam in a huge lecture hall, whereas I am usually testing in my room or in the library jamming to my exam playlist.
I have already taken my exam in my EST 109 Energy course, but for the next couple of classes, we are taking a few field trips. The first trip was last Friday, where we visited Caltech’s cogeneration plant on the other side of campus. We got to see the facility that powers a lot of Caltech’s energy—In 2004, it was awarded the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency national award for high efficiency and environmental friendly system–by that year, they had only been in operation for one year! It was cool to get some fresh air outside of the lecture hall and see how what we learn applies in real life.
Also this week, I brought my new suit to the tailor to get altered–need to look sharp for interviews! My job search is definitely picking up—I just got information to fly out for a second round interview in a few weekends from now. I’m so excited!
All right guys—thats all for now…stay tuned to see how midterms turned out… :)
Four weeks before graduation! While I’m looking forward to the summer and all the fun it promises, I’m also reflecting on my undergraduate experience over the past few years. This is a blog about my favorite classes during my time here, some expected and others less so. As a Computer Science major, no CS classes actually make my final cut, but my top three favorite classes all fall into the realm of Neuroscience, my other primary academic interest.
I remember being a junior in HS and my APCS partner, Brooke, had just gotten accepted into Caltech. She was looking at the course catalog for humanities courses during class (instead of working on our project) and shaking her head at the offerings. When May rolled around, she told me part of the reason she didn’t choose to go to Caltech was how the humanities courses seemed to be “too scientific,” with classes that integrated history with quantum physics, etc. A year later, when I was in the same situation, I decided to matriculate to Caltech for its strong STEM offerings, but felt some anxiety about how my love of the humanities would be fed during my four years of undergraduate education.
One of the most well-known benefits of being a Caltech student is the infamous 3:1 student to faculty ratio, which implies a personalized, interactive undergraduate experience with world-class research scientists. It was a primary reason why I chose Caltech above other schools as a high school senior. Now as my time at Caltech comes to a close, I can reflect back on my interactions with different professors and consider if this 3:1 ratio really “lives up to the hype.” I believe the answer is yes.
Below I have ranked all of the classes I took over 8 terms at Caltech. I ranked based on my overall enjoyment of the course, which depended on my interest in the subject, the quality of course, and the various topics/projects covered. The courses in the middle I did not have strong feelings for and had a hard time justifying their position besides gut feeling, so I did not provide reasoning for those.