A few days ago, I had a gross imitation of a protruding bone glued to my forehead, a gash drawn on my arm, and fake blood dripping all over my face and arm. No, I wasn’t celebrating Halloween a couple of weeks late, I was a volunteer victim in the Great Southern California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill at Caltech. At 10 am on November 13, the Fleming Cannon was fired to signal the start of an earthquake of magnitude 7.8, and participants on campus were encouraged to respond as if there was a real earthquake.
I also spent the weekend in Oakland, CA at Mills College swimming for the Caltech swim team in the first meet of the season. The great thing about Caltech is our honesty about our athletic abilities. Our cheer this weekend was “e to the x, e to the y, e to the x dx dy, secant cosine tangent sine, three point one four one five nine ….” Enough said :D. The meet was fun though - combine a road trip with a math set with a season of House and I’ve got myself an awesome weekend. Oh yeah! I swam a few races, too, and even scored a couple of points for our team. We’re looking forward to a great season (and hope to get more swimmers for next year!).
So, this week is going to be tough with Thanksgiving Break coming up soon. I’ve got two physics sets due this week! aaaaaa! To be honest, I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed right now with the extra homework, but I’ll try to keep you posted on how my week goes. ‘Til next time!
Usually, while writing this post, I would be at Caltech playing volleyball. I begin school eith preseason, which for those unfamiliar (or are planning on joining women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, men’s waterpolo, or cross country) is a 5 week long period before school begins where the sports teams I listed before practice and compete. My life during preseason is basically volleyball 24/7. Two practices a day (during school only one) and game days three days a week. No school work to worry about, spending time with my teammates all day, a nice refresher before school begins.
Every year, the Caltech Society of Women Engineers attends the National SWE conference to network with other SWE Chapters and to hustle for jobs. Last year, the event was in Minneapolis, and the year before in Austin. This time around, it’s in Anaheim which is much more convenient for us. Since it is much closer, we were able to send many more delegates to attend and miss fewer classes in the process of doing so.
It’s truly Autumn in Scotland now. It reached 0 degrees Celsius today, or 32 Fahrenheit for you yanks. They’re setting up the Christmas market downtown (as thanksgiving isn’t a thing here they just skip directly from Halloween to Christmas). Snow isn’t falling, but it does seem to be raining every other day. And it’s pleasant, quite pleasant. The rain turns Edinburgh into even more of a dramatic and beautiful city than usually is.