It has only been three short days, and I have already seen four very different aspects of Lima, the first of which I mentioned in my last post: ancient Lima. Yesterday afternoon, this morning, and this afternoon, I met three other Limas.
Well-off Lima - MirafloresThis is the Lima I met first. We toured around it the previous day and saw the Parque del Amor (Love Park). This is the Lima with Puntos Azul, a yummy ceviche place. (Ceviche is a result of Japanese influence. It´sfish, cooked in acid from limes rather than with heat. And it´s delicious.) This is the Lima in which we went paragliding, which took us above the tallest of fancy hotels, above theirswimming pools and ceiling-to-floor windows, above the beautiful ocean andlush green landscape, above the teensy surfers, high enough to see that Lima still stretched beyond our field of view… This is the Lima that felt privileged and made us wonder how the contrast became so stark. This Lima is gorgeous and filled with parks along the coast. This Lima beckons totourists with a smile.
More to come later, depending on the state of the wifi in this hostel… and the availability of this computer. Stay tuned for Suzy´s posts, too! It´s been really great hanging out with her and getting to know her on this trip. She´s super fun :D
SURF, short for Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, is a quintessential experience for any Caltech student. It is a widely accessible research fellowship for Caltech students that funds your proposed research for one summer term. While many of my classmates did their first SURF the summer after their freshman year, I sent in my first application to the program as a sophomore. As a CS major, I was trying to chase meaningful work that intersected computation with the field of neuroscience. I ended up doing a SURF at the Stanford School of Medicine that first year, studying hand gestures in children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Since then, I’ve been working in the research space of applying computational analyses to ASD.
This summer, from the confines of my Brooklyn apartment, you could find me typing away on a tiny 13-inch laptop screen. At times I was looking for answers on countless Stack Exchange pages, editing a Jupyter notebook, or making blood flow measurements on a software called Arterys. This was my 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURF) experience.
Almost a year ago now, I was just about to start my first Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) at JPL. NASA had sent out an email to all of their summer interns containing a social media template to announce that we had been selected as NASA interns. Excited to show my NASA pride, I posted it on my Instagram story, unaware of what would come out of this small action.
Hey hey! We’re starting a series where I walk you through my best finds for food and drinks in the Pasadena region, and in the LA metropolitan area. Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, if you will (although, for copyright reasons we can’t call it that). As you explore your college options, I firmly believe that food and location are more important than your high school guidance counselor may lead you to believe. And I’m here to share my best finds from my time at Caltech with you.