Having grown up in Southern California, I came to Caltech with a good knowledge of cool places to visit in the area. This last weekend I went down to theSan Diego Zoo Safari Park(formerly known as the San Diego Wild Animal Park) with my family. It’s a wonderous place I’ve loved going to for as long as I can remember, so I thought it was worth advertising to all you potential Techers that might be visiting the area.
When we walked in, we were greated by this golden eagle and her keeper.
First stop was across the park for another wildlife encouter. Every day at designated times and places in the park keepers bring out animal embassadors for visitors to meet. This is Tatoo the three-banded armadillo.
Tatoo’s keeper chases him around this big grassy area, telling visitors all about tatoo and armadillos in general while Tatoo forages for bugs. Sometimes Tatoo tries to escape….
And sometimes Tatoo mistakes shoes for food.
In summary: armadillos are adorable.
Other highlights of the day include this giraffe who really wanted to eat that palm tree:
And this 10-day-old elephant, hiding in mom’s shadow. I’m pretty sure she’s the cutest thing on the face of the planet:
Besides looking at adorable animals, there’s lot of other cool stuff to do! For example, here’s my brother pretending to be a monkey:
More monkey shenanigans!
All in all, a good day. Definitley recommend it as a place to go visit if you find yoursefl in So Cal.
Unlike many students, I never had the opportunity to visit Caltech before enrolling. I had visited California once in elementary school, and the first time I returned was to move in for college. The only time I had ever left home before was for a week or two of sleepaway camp. Now, I would be moving across the country to a place I had never seen before with a bunch of strangers. Naturally, I was a bit terrified.
…Or, How a Disciple of Bethany Ehlmann, a Former Desert Militiaman, Moore Lab Subbasement Dwellers, Roblox’s Newest Intern, a Florida Man, and a Luminous Plasma Scientist Went to War with the Caltech Mail Center, Got Double-Crossed by AirGas Corp., Survived Three COVID Outbreaks, and Nearly Stranded Themselves in the Mojave in order to Send a Bag of Peanuts to Space (A True Story).
Every midterm week and final week, Page House Peer Advocates (PAs) put on a de-stressing event. This term for midterms, the PAs hosted a painting night in conjunction with a Page dessert night. (Every Thursday, the House gives $60 to a pageboy (a member of Page) to buy a bunch of dessert and snacks for the house for dessert night.). They provided canvases, paint brushes, and a variety of paint colors for the night. It was a really fun and relaxing time to stop working on sets or studying for midterms for a bit and hangout with friends.
On the weekend of April 16th, my friends and I participated in the first ever Southern California College Poker Tournament! The tournament was for college students in the SoCal area with a $0 buy-in that doubled as a recruiting event for quant and finance firms. A senior friend of mine (Vanessa, a fellow blogger) put together a team of five girls who had no interest in being recruited and just wanted to have fun playing poker.