OPI is in 5 days! Everything’s been coming together in the last week; we finished up putting the plywood on the temple using the scaffolding, and now the tip (which you can barely see in the picture) goes 28 feet up in the air:
We also got up the wallboards on the bottom of the temple, which water will flow over.
most of the cityscape and mountain background is in. The cityscape is cut
out of drywall or OSB, about 5 feet high, and placed 3 feet from the
dance floor. Another foot behind that, we have a full wallboard of
mountainscape. It’s actually really cool – in one corner, we have a
sunset and the sky fading from yellow and orange to dark blue on the
other side of the party. Here you can see us touching up some of the cityscape, and one board still has to go on.
The courtyard is a lot messier than it looks; we’ve got tons of tools and spare plywood and drywall lying around on the dance floor. It also started raining earlier today, which is not really great for drywall (it tends to disintegrate), so we had to cover a lot of the cityscapes with plastic. Here’s an overall view:
We’ve also finally started on the water system, which is probably going to take up most of our time for the next few days. In my next post I’ll detail exactly how it works, and exactly how much it leaks! Exciting.
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.