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!
Always not quite organized, my desk is a constant, yet subtle reminder of why I ultimately chose Caltech: the people. (sigh… I bet you haven’t heard that one before!). It’s no secret that Caltech has a small undergraduate population but, in my experience, that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to find your people, it means you’ll be able to find them faster!
With the third term fast approaching and the status of COVID on campus pushing all major events to the spring quarter, students of the houses of Caltech were excited. The reason? Interhouse season had arrived. Interhouses, a longstanding tradition of the California Institute of Technology, are summarized as parties hosted by each respective house, usually with a theme, in which the entire undergraduate population is invited to attend. As every undergraduate house of Caltech has its own personality and characteristics, these interhouses too have their own flair depending on the house who hosts them.
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.
About a dozen frosh sit and stand in a semicircle around a whiteboard. Various Lloyd-themed interhouse names sit on a list awaiting their fate. One by one, possibilities are discussed and voted on, until four remain.