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The FINAL Countdown!

Hello, there!This post is about things wrapping up, in a good way, and I’m so excited to be sharing these experiences with you! I apologize for not having a new one in a while, and won’t have a cooking one – missed Asian Week so I could pack for my interview.

Speaking of interview, I have officially FINISHED interviewing this year! I just got back from the University of Washington, and had a great whirlwind weekend. Thursday was crazy, flying in and right away talking to some really cool professors! I got to visit the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (which is world-renowned for their work!) and be in Seattle on a beautiful weekend! There was a break in the clouds so someone a bit de-sensitized to gloomy weather (like me) enjoyed the change of scenery! I was really excited to describe in one interview what I think makes an ideal Caltech student, and this is what I said (what I say on all my tours!):
A Caltech student MUST love math and science. Not like, but love it. Want to immerse yourself in it for four years of your life. If you’re not sure what you think of math and/or science (or engineering, which is both!), I don’t recommend you come here. Our core curriculum really stresses a fundamental understanding of science, and it’s tough. But having that passion for science is key to making the time so much more enjoyable.

Also, you have to love research! Coming to Caltech and NEVER taking advantage of research would be like going to Rome and not seeing the Colosseum… it makes no sense. The opportunities are endless, but you’ve got to go out there and grab it. I thank Caltech for giving me such opportunities, and if you want the same, I definitely encourage you to come!
So now… I am done interviewing and now just waiting. Can’t believe it’s been such a long process. By the numbers:
Interviews: 14

Cities: 11

Flights Taken: 26
Miles Traveled (approx.): 30,000

Days From First to Last Interview: 126
But you’re more concerned with the pictures, so here they are!

The other way that this title is fitting is that the third term class schedule just came out! It’s kind of bittersweet, because it is my last term at Caltech. But it’s exciting, because the end is now in sight. Needless to say I don’t have much left to do so I can finish my double degree. I have two humanities classes: one "advanced social science" (for which I am planning on taking The Neuronal Basis of Consciousness, a biology/psychology class) and one "any humanities." For the latter, I’m more divided. Either epic poetry (I do love The Aeneid!) or Saints and Sinners in the Middle Ages. Hmmm tough choice! Also, I’ll be continuing to do some research. And most importantly, prepping for DITCH DAY!!!
Time to unpack and RELAX for a bit! 🙂

Andrew Freddo ’10

Chemistry and Biology, Class of 2010

My name is Andrew, and I am beginning what looks to be a busy and exciting senior year! I’m originally from New Jersey, and always try to give my friends here at Caltech a taste of my East Coast roots. Outside of my chemistry and biology classes, I enjoy cooking (Italian food, of course!), giving admissions tours, writing food reviews with fellow blogger Dannah, and catching up with my favorite TV shows. Academically, this year will truly be a culmination of my first three at Caltech. I am currently applying for combined MD/PhD programs (also knows as MSTPs ? Medical Scientist Training Programs). In addition to juggling my sets and exams, I’m going to be visiting many schools around the country to interview for their programs. I’ll definitely be logging lots of frequent flier miles, snapping lots of pictures, and learning a lot about medical and graduate school!