Midterms kept up its unrelenting attack on my sanity this week – at least a little bit. And how did I solve this? Two words.
Some of my friends say that I post too much about food on this blog, but to the contrary I think that I don’t post enough about food. So that’s why I’m writing the chronicles about my stress eating binges for the week. And the weekend. Even though I wasn’t exactly stressed this weekend, I was just hungry and looking for some good times.
It all started on Tuesday night. This may have corresponded to the night I went to Pershing Square, but I ended up next to an ice-cream store which was open late. Of course, in typical Los Angeles manner it was called the Dolly Llama. They served waffles and Fosselman’s ice cream – nothing too special, but it tasted nice and they had a very enjoyable “Instagram-ready” aesthetic.
Then, Wednesday I took a trip down to Claremont to grab lunch with my friend Tori. In-terms of Caltech advice, I’d definitely recommend to not lose touch with friends from high school. For as many great friends as you make at Caltech, none of them have known you for four years (until graduation, that is). But we went to a classic burger bar – I don’t actually recall the name, but it was in Upland. It was a great burger, and we had a great time catching up.
But the adventures didn’t stop there!
On Thursday night (or more properly very early Friday morning) I drove my friend Ari to LAX. We took a nice stop on the way to the airport: The Pantry in DTLA. This late-night establishment served classic American fare – Ari and I got apple pie and chocolate shakes. The most classic of classic midterms foods. Sunday when I picked him up from the airport we went to another classic American restaurant – The Apple Pan. They had a hickory burger which had been recommended to me by one of my friends who’s an LA native – her parents went on their first date there, and apparently it hasn’t changed at all since then. I thought the food there was pretty amazing too. Toss in a couple of boba runs and all in all it was an amazing food week. And food helped me destress from midterms – if only just a bit.
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.