After two months of classes we had mid-semester break. For some people at UniMelb this means catching up on work. For others, it means travelling! My destination? Six days in the beautiful island of Tasmania!
[Disclaimer: I don’t feel like I can do Tasmania justice with words, so text wise this might seem a bit short, but I hope you like the pictures!]
I couldn’t believe the sight as I flew into Hobart.
I spent Wednesday afternoon wandering Hobart. The weather was perfect, sunny, a little windy, and not too hot. I walked around Franklin Square, Elizabeth Pier, and Parliament Grounds.
The next morning I woke up early to be picked up by my tour just around the corner of my hostel. We drove south from Hobart through the Huon Valley. This area used to be part of a huge apply industry. Ships used to go up the Huon River to load up on apples to take to the UK. Today it’s a much smaller industry, but no less delicious. We made a series of stops along the to stretch our legs and to take pictures.
We drove as far south as we could. All the way to the end of the southernmost road in Tasmania. We stepped out and walked along a beautiful beach.
Next stop, the Platypus Walk near Hastings Cave. It’s only about 30-45 minutes long, but I felt like I had been taken into a completely different world. Too bad I wasn’t lucky enough to catch sight of a platypus. :(
Our final stop of the day was Hastings Cave, which was discovered in 1917. I was so exhausted by the end of the day that I’m pretty sure I feel asleep before 10pm, something I haven’t done in years.
My favorite part about Caltech is the Houses! The easiest way to describe them is as Hogwarts houses: each has their own personality and group of people and the first thing you do at Caltech is go through a “sorting” process. The people are what makes the Houses at Caltech so great. As a frosh, it’s amazing to be able to come in and immediately have a group of 100+ people to support you. Because the Houses have students from every grade, you make friends with upperclassmen and can ask for help on tons of things like:
It’s crazy to think that it has been four years now since I was applying to college. I remember it vividly. This week we’re spending some time reflecting on our personal admissions processes, and how we ended up at Caltech. There’s one question though that I wanted to spin out into a separate post: “what advice would you give to the admitted class of 2025?” And I think the best way to do this is to tell a more detailed story than I did in my other post.
These past six months have been a whirlwind- from having to move out of Caltech housing in March within a week’s notice due to COVID-19, to starting the first term of my junior year, I’ve definitely experienced a lot of change. When I went home in March, it was to a completely new state-my family moved from Chino, CA to New Jersey in January (great timing, huh?). While I missed seeing my friends from home, it was fun to have the chance to explore a completely new place. The pandemic obviously limited what I could see and do, but I got to experience walks through nature and along rivers normally foreign to a SoCal native and had some time to focus on bioinformatics research for the lab I work with on campus.