A lot of my friends left Thursday or Friday, but there are quite a few who still stayed. It feels quite strange to have the house so much quieter, and have less people wandering into our room at random times. It’s also a lot less convenient since we have to find food for ourselves for the next 1.5 weeks since we don’t get dinner or money to use at the convenience store. Sarai finished up her last final on Thursday, and we went with a couple of our friends to Tea Spots. It’s a rather popular place that Caltech students go to for boba or shaved ice since it’s only a 10 minute walk away. There are better boba places around, but not within walking distance, and unfortunately we don’t have a car :(
Another popular place Techers go to would be Cherry on Top, an awesome frozen yogurt place. It’s like Pinkberry except cheaper and better. They always have a large variety of flavors which change every week. A group of us went over on Friday, and they had flavors such as Pineapple tart, cake batter, pecan praline, as well as more original flavors such as tart and vanilla. I always go for the tart flavors, flavors like chocolate and cake batter are more befitting for ice cream…
They also have a lot of toppings. They have things like chocolate and syrup, which, again, to me, are more for ice cream than froyo, for which fruit toppings are a lot better!
Spring break is a great time to make trips to places that you don’t quite get to during the term. On Friday, Sarai, Carrie, Albert and I went to Huntington Library and Gardens, a beautiful place! I’ll write more about that later. Since we have to fend for ourselves for food this week, Sarai and I walked to Arcadia again for 1.5 hours. More on that later too… :)
While James built his computer, Albert, an awesome photographer, set up his pro camera to take a picture of the building every 10 seconds and then put together the pictures into a video which you can watch here. It’s pretty amazing :D He spent quite a bit of time on it, and you can see a lot of people walking in and out of the room to watch him work.
(Please don’t kill me if you read this, James :P)
You can also see Sarai in the mirror, lol.Oh, and there’s an High Expectation Asian Father picture on the door that says:“Got into CIT? What about AIT?” Ahahaha…xD
Yup, that’s it for now :) I’ll post about Huntington and Arcadia soon. I don’t know if I’ll be out much next week since it’s going to be rainy :(
Starting college can be a big transition. You’re moving to a new place, starting a new school and classes, and faced with making new friends in an unfamiliar environment. And, of course, there’s that whole “becoming an adult” thing. But, you’re also leaving a lot behind. Every new beginning means that an old chapter must come to an end. Leaving behind our friends at home may seem difficult, especially if they’re going to be a long distance away from you during the school year. Something I made sure to do was to spend a lot of time with them during the summer after high school. Of course, going to college doesn’t mean you’ll never see your friends again, or that you will no longer be friends with them. Good friendships will last if you put effort into them. It may seem hard initially. Coming into Caltech, it’s a sharp adjustment and many are caught up in the excitement of Orientation, Rotation, and starting classes. It may be hard to remember to check your phone frequently and to make time for phone calls and such. Rest assured that if you have other friends going to college, they’re probably going to go through similar things you will. In this transition period, it can feel like you’re going to immediately lose touch with people that mean a lot to you.
Let’s face it: the US loves being just a little different from everyone else. The obvious example? Units of measurement. As an international student from Canada, even I have no clue what’s going on half the time when my friends talk to me and use these weird nonsensical units. And I’ve literally lived on the border between Canada and the States for all my life. After a year here, I’ve finally got a sense of how the two systems of measurement compare and how you can more easily get your bearings with these weird units.
After a year spent in “soft-lockdown” at home in Atlanta, and as Caltech students prepared to finally return to campus, I was aboard an eight hour flight towards Edinburgh, Scotland. Since my junior year plans were interrupted by the virus who shall not be named, I’m spending my first term of senior year studying abroad through the Caltech - Edinburgh University International Exchange program. I’ve only been here just over a week yet have been exposed to so many new people, perspectives, foods, and classes.
When the announcement was first made that fall term was going to be online, I started talking to friends and looking for places to live. We were debating locations around the country: California, Florida, New York, etc.. there were plenty of options. Then it suddenly hit me, what is stopping us from going to Hawaii, covid numbers were better and a two week quarentine would ensure that numbers stayed down… I proposed this to my friend and we agreed it would be an amazing experience, but we didn’t want to get out hopes up. A month or so later we still haven’t decided where to live, Hawaii seemed too far and too difficult to plan. But we couldn’t get the idea out of our heads. We spent some time looking into plane tickets, places to stay, etc… and it actually didn’t seem so impossible after all. A couple weeks later and we were arriving here on the big island!