Last Wednesday was the last day of classes for the Winter Term but that doesn’t mean we can all relax! On the contrary, it means that stress levels are about to reach a climax! Of course, if you’re wise and if you’ve been working hard all of term, Finals Week should not be a nightmare for you. However, just the idea of Finals and of finally finishing another Caltech Term is already pretty exciting. At Caltech, almost all of our exams and quizzes are take home. This means that when you are handed your assessment, the first thing you see on the cover is a due time, due date, location of the drop box and how much time is allowed for the exam. Fresh out of high school, this system was quite new to me but now I really appreciate it.
In the center is Junior Ryan Newton leading his team into second place (I believe). His robot is the one on top of the ramp blocking the other robot from getting onto the platform.
I’ve also received some news: last Saturday I decided to audition for our Musical and I got a part! It’s not a big part at all, but I’ve never been in a musical myself before and I’ve never taken a formal singing lesson. At the audition they had me read some text and sing a song I’ve never heard before. I’m still finding it hard to swallow that I’ll be in a musical. I’ve wanted to do this a lot in High School but there musicals were mainly for those who could devote a lot of time to the process and less time to studying. Here everyone is studying so everyone puts in however much time they can and want into things such as musicals. The most amazing thing is that Caltech extracurricular groups end up being rather good despite that performing arts are far from a major for anyone here!
Well, back to studying!
Cheers and good luck to you all waiting for the Caltech response!
Caltech may be a small campus, but it has a large variety of food options. There are three main dining locations on campus — The Lee F. Browne Dining Hall, the Hameetman Center (which houses our beloved Red Door Cafe), and the Broad Café. All on-campus students also have access to open kitchens in their houses, where a dinner special is served everyday and different breakfast options are available. There were countless times this past week that I ate my meal and then remembered that I forgot to take a picture of my food – here’s a brief diary of just some of the meals I had.
As a Caltech student, I obviously have a love for STEM. But for me, that love is incomplete without the bigger picture—the role that STEM can play in helping society. That connection between science and humanity served as the initial motivation for one of my primary passions: organizing for environmental justice.
Now that the 2021 baseball season has come to close, I want to take a little trip down memory lane to the 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs. To set the scene, after an exciting wild card game win, the Washington Nationals (my team) began a five game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers win the first and third game of the series, and the Nationals win the second and fourth game, making game five a do-or-die situation. The final game took place at Dodgers Stadium, a mere 20 minute drive from Caltech. I pounced on this opportunity, going to the game with my fellow baseball-fanatic and Caltech student, Arya.
Whenever I tell someone that Caltech has an undergraduate population of less than one thousand people, their first reaction is disbelief. “Really?” they exclaim. “You must know everyone! How can you get a real college experience with so few undergrads?”