What did the beach say to the wave?… “Long tide, no sea.”
It was perfect beach weather today so several friends and I headed down to Venice, CA, the home of SoCal's most beautiful people. Everyone looks like a Sports Illustrated model. It is also one of the most hipster spots around town. There were murals on every store front, and every other cafe advertised vegan fare. Even the laundry store and waxing center claimed that their services are "organic"!
We left campus pretty early in the morning and headed down for brunch. We went to a cute cafe called Flake which was not vegan nor vegetarian because our friend Filipe LOVES chicken. We ate some pretty standard breakfast items like egg sandwiches, acai bowls, and iced coffee. Afterwards, we headed down to the beach to soak up the beautiful Cali sun, and cool off in the water.
We strolled up the Venice Beach boardwalk to Santa Monica then headed back to the car via the main road, looking for a afternoon treat. Nothing really caught our eye, so we drove to a bubble tea shop near by and had smoothies and shaved ice. This prepped for the long drive back, which was over an hour simply due to traffic.
*I'm behind the camera in this one*
Now I'm under the AC in my dorm and everything is great. I bathed in sunscreen before our day trip so my skin is still in one piece. However, the sand was extremely hot and did burn my feet a bit. Nevertheless, I still love the beach, and we will be visiting a different one next weekend! Stay tuned :)
…Or, How a Disciple of Bethany Ehlmann, a Former Desert Militiaman, Moore Lab Subbasement Dwellers, Roblox’s Newest Intern, a Florida Man, and a Luminous Plasma Scientist Went to War with the Caltech Mail Center, Got Double-Crossed by AirGas Corp., Survived Three COVID Outbreaks, and Nearly Stranded Themselves in the Mojave in order to Send a Bag of Peanuts to Space (A True Story).
Every midterm week and final week, Page House Peer Advocates (PAs) put on a de-stressing event. This term for midterms, the PAs hosted a painting night in conjunction with a Page dessert night. (Every Thursday, the House gives $60 to a pageboy (a member of Page) to buy a bunch of dessert and snacks for the house for dessert night.). They provided canvases, paint brushes, and a variety of paint colors for the night. It was a really fun and relaxing time to stop working on sets or studying for midterms for a bit and hangout with friends.
On the weekend of April 16th, my friends and I participated in the first ever Southern California College Poker Tournament! The tournament was for college students in the SoCal area with a $0 buy-in that doubled as a recruiting event for quant and finance firms. A senior friend of mine (Vanessa, a fellow blogger) put together a team of five girls who had no interest in being recruited and just wanted to have fun playing poker.
One of Caltech’s many clubs is the RISE tutoring program, where undergraduate students connect with local high schoolers and provide tutoring in various STEM subjects. I only became a tutor this academic year, but the experience has been so rewarding for me and, hopefully, also for the students I tutor.