Spring break was two weeks this year, and I packed a ton of sleeping and reading into those two weeks! I also got off of my butt in order to do a few fun things with my family, including visiting the Philadelphia Flower Show with my mom. We used to go every year when I was little (and I meanreally little- as in, I don’t actually remember ever having attended before). My great aunt even presented there once or twice (she used to be a flower farmer and artist, and is now retired).
The theme of the show this year was Holland, and the Philly convention center was packed floor to ceiling with tulips, daffodils, and windmills.
My favorites, by far, were the bright blue tulips that were in the center of the show. I also saw some gorgeous orange ones that I’ll have to track down some day.
Another spring break mini-adventure of mine was going book shopping! The only bookstore in our township closed a few months ago (they were an indie shop and they just moved to the next township over, which is about 30 minute from my house). Luckily for us, a new independent bookstore opened an eight minute drive from my parents’ house, and we visited for the first time while I was home. I picked out a ton of titles and then my mother whittled my selection down to just one book after picking out all of the books in my stack that she already owned and were at our house already! So I purchased one book and brought a stack of borrowed books back to Caltech with me to read this term.
Are you shocked that I think I’ll have enough time to read for pleasure? Me too! But this is my last term at Tech and I’m not taking very many classes, so the only thing between me and a ton of books is Netflix. We’ll see how that goes!
Are you reading anything interesting right now? Let me know in the comments!
One of the most exciting aspects of college life is the freedom that students enjoy when living on their own. When most students think about college life, one of the first things that comes to mind is Greek life, with the many sororities and fraternities on campuses across the country. While Caltech does not have Greek life, per se, we do have a unique housing system, similar to that of Hogwarts. There are eight houses and one residence on campus: Avery, Blacker, Dabney, Fleming, Lloyd, Page, Ricketts, Ruddock, and the Bechtel Residence. Each of the houses has its own unique culture, character, and traditions. I am a member of Ruddock House!
This past year was so different than most of us could have ever imagined. Living in “the virtual school year” posed a plethora of challenges, but at the same time, it opened the door to new possibilities. As a society, we learned how to better operate in a virtual world, and as individuals, we had time for new endeavors. For myself, this meant taking the leap of faith to move away from home and live with some fellow Techers. While I had already had the experience of moving away from home and coming to live in the Caltech houses, this was quite different. Instead of living in organized student residences with hundreds of other students, a meal plan, and tons of support resources, I was about to go live with just 5 other people (some of which I did not know super well) and we had to find and manage our own housing, food, and necessities.
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: