Just a little background, Caltech’s undergrad population is divided into eight houses, each with their own uniqueness. Each house has their own social team, a group that’s in charge of planning events for that house each weekend and sometimes we do joint events with other houses. Combined with Interhouse parties and ASCIT organized events, weekends can get quite busy. So contrary to the nerd stereotype, us Techers like being social.
I’m part of Fleming House’s soc team. Every house plans different events, and here’s our calendar for this past term:
The first event of term was broomball: hockey, with smaller sticks, a ball instead of a puck, and shoes instead of skates on ice. Teams were determined by splitting the house by class, and we played with the three combinations of having two classes on each team. And personally, sophomores were the best.
Life in Color is a concert with multi-colored paint everywhere, and unfortunately the one in LA was cancelled. So instead, we went an Avicii concert at Hollywood Bowl! It’s great to be in Pasadena because you don’t have to suffer from LA traffic (which is as bad as people say it is) and there are always events close by.
Parking would’ve been complicated, so a lot of us ended up taking the Metro instead. I hadn’t ridden it before, so it made the night more of an adventure! Luckily, other people knew where we were going; there were a couple transfers and I definitely would have lost my way.
We got these seats far in the back, and sfter a couple songs we figured security wasn’t holding us to our assigned seats and went closer to the stage.
For midterms and finals weekend, it’s tradition to have food be the center of the event. This time around, Pies and Ice Cream for finals was special; the RAs and RLC provided acrylic paints and canvases for us to paint and de-stress. So it was food and painting in one! Maybe the art aspect will become part of the tradition.
Pies in our dining hall!
At one point I accidentally dipped the brush into my milk…but here’s what I painted!
And not to forget, the Caltech prank lives on!
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.