I just got into Houston, Texas after a hectic day of traveling from Pasadena.
My super shuttle got caught in traffic due to the Lakers Parade in LA, and picked me up an hour late!Not to mention traffic all the way to the airport, and the longest line you have ever seen to check-in. Never did I think I would ever be excited to hear that my flight was delayed—until today; I would have missed the flight otherwise!
After arriving at the Houston airport, I was greeted by my driver, Demitrius, who was holding one of those signs that said: Schlumberger. We grabbed my bags and headed out to the SUV—the second I went through those doors, I felt the humidity right away. It was in the mid 90s when I arrived 6pm central time, not at all what I’m used to in SoCal.
I was then taken to my apartment at an Extended Stay Suite Hotel. This is where I’ll be staying for the entirety of my internship. I am so lucky to have my own place, completely furnished—and paid for, courtesy of Schlumberger! I was ecstatic at how cozy and spacious I found it to be; it has everything I could possibly need. I even have a view of the small pool outside my window :)
I guess all the excitement was too much for me to handle, because I completely passed out on the couch for a few hours after calling my family back in San Diego. But now, I’m wide awake since I have switched time zones–it’s 2am here, but it feels like midnight to me. I’m going to have to make the adjustment quick though, since I have work…starting TOMORROW! yikes!
We’ve all heard that the stomach is the fastest way to someone’s heart^. I never fully understood this until I got to college. While Caltech Dining Services (CDS) does its best to diversify the lunch and dinner menus, sometimes nothing can quite fulfill the craving for your mom’s home cooking. Having grown up in between Venezuela and Texas, home cooking for me looks like arepas, tacos, and brisket (among other things). Thankfully, Caltech’s location, just outside vibrant LA, makes attempts to find close seconds (to my mom’s cooking) easy and exciting. Often, I don’t even have to venture more than a mile or two from campus to find reliable favorites. Here are just a few within walking distance:
On May 8, the Washington Nationals came to Los Angeles Angels for a lovely Mother’s Day Game. I, being a D.C. native and avid Nationals fan, of course had to attend– the Nationals play the Angels very rarely because they play in different leagues and on opposite coasts. My dad and I have a goal of going to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, and we had to take advantage of our home team being in L.A., so my mom and dad both flew out for the weekend.
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.