In addition to regular college formals hosted by the college, Cambridge societies can also host a formal at a specific college. I decided to go to a formal at Clare College hosted by Girl Talk, a society that encourages female empowerment by bringing in inspirational speakers and setting up social events. Going to society-hosted formals is a good opportunity to meet people outside of college, and also to check off another college formal off the list! For some people in Cambridge, one goal is to attend formals at all 31 colleges in their 3 or 4 (or 6 for medics) years at Cambridge.
The formal at Clare college is a lot less formal than the previous ones I attended at Corpus and St. John’s. Maybe it’s because it was hosted by a society so no fellows were present, but we weren’t required to wear gowns. Personally, I think the formal food at Corpus is better than that at Clare, but what was nice was the society made cute decorations for us like little hearts and mustaches. While I was at the formal, I actually met a Caltech alum who is doing her masters here. What a crazy coincidence!
Colleges also host themed formals, usually for holidays like Halloween or Christmas. At Corpus’ Halloween formal, we dressed up in ‘fancy dress’, meaning costumes, and weren’t required to wear gowns. It was really fun, and it’s probably my favorite formal so far.
One other thing – formal tickets, especially for special formals hosted by the College, are extremely popular! They sell out within minutes of being released at 12am, so people rush to buy tickets to attend. It’s nice in a way, because you know that people are motivated and want to go to these events, which makes them all the more fun when you’re going with friends.
A few days ago, I wrote a blog post for recommendations of boba around Caltech. This follow up includes a far more comprehensive list of boba shops in the 626/SGV area. Now, I’ll admit that I have a rather extensive spreadsheet of boba stores and drinks that I’ve tried and enjoyed or disliked. However, I’d rather not bore everyone with a full spreadsheet, especially when it reveals just how much boba I’ve had each year. However, if I attempted to write about all of the shops I’ve tried, this post would get too long, so it’s instead compressed into a much more easily digestible format: a Tiermaker list. Obviously, this is the most sophisticated possible presentation of this information and 100% objective. Definitely tested via the scientific method and not subject to personal bias whatsoever.
In the past few years, boba or bubble tea has exploded in popularity, with stores opening up all across the country. As a very avid but picky boba drinker, this has been a blessing for me, as I’ve been able to try drinks from so many new stores. In the past four years, I’ve been able to try what might be conservatively called a fairly significant portion of boba stores in the Pasadena and San Gabriel Valley area (otherwise known as 626/SGV).
I feel like a person’s desk or workspace can tell you a lot about them. So, I’ll reveal my darkest secrets and take you on a tour of my desk at Caltech! To begin, I’ll note that the dorm rooms have varying sizes/types of desks, so not all of them look like this; for example, bunk bed rooms in some houses have a desk as the bottom “bunk”, and so the desk spans the entire length of the bed. In comparison, mine is a standalone desk with some shelves on top of it. Regardless, I think what matters more is what a person chooses to put on/around their desk, so it’s time to show you all the nerdy things I have decorated my desk with.