Since we finished finals early, my friend and I had planned to spend our day visiting the Getty Museum and the beach at Santa Monica. We were woken up a little before ten because someone had forgotten his wallet in the dorms and was already at the airport. So I got together my stuff for the day and we rushed to the airport. Let me tell you, everything you've heard about LA traffic is not exaggerated. The freeways at ten looked like the four o' clock rush hour of the highways around Boulder. Unfortunately, we were too late to catch him as much as we tried, but luckily he was able to get through security without his wallet and boarded the plane. So there we were, sitting at the LAX airport with someone else's wallet. As much as it felt like failure, we didn't let that dampen the day we had ahead of us.
The weather was chilly and cloudy so we decided on skipping the beach.I plugged the Getty address into my iPhone and we started driving.We had looked up the general location of the Getty the night before, and after about 20 minutes, the directions started seeming wrong. Checking out the map again, I realized that we were driving to the wrong Getty. Turns out there is more than one. Trying to find our way to the Getty Museum, the one we wanted, we found ourselves in Beverly Hills, the very affluent part of LA. It looked nice so we parked to walk around. What first caught my eye was this magnificent tree. It looked like the mother tree from Avatar where all the blue creatures slept, and I just wanted to climb the tree. But my better judgement told me to keep walking, and we came to Rodeo Drive (the street with lots of stores):
I don't know much about cars, but from the number of people standing around this Bugatti, anyone could tell that it was uncommon.
The Getty is special in that it sits on top of a hill and overlooks LA and its surrounding cities.
There was a train that took people to and from their cars to the museum. The museum was super interesting but it was too cold to visit the garden they had. The exhibits consisted of various types of artwork and artifacts, taking visitors through the last few centuries of European culture. Here are some pictures:
It was nice to be off campus and have a change of scenery.The day was fun and somewhat spontaneous. LA is so close to Caltech I will definitely try and take advantage of it next term.
Studying at Caltech is a lot like crewing a spaceship. You get to work alongside some of the most talented people on Earth, you’re constantly doing science in order to survive, and the environment tends to keep you under a lot of pressure. It’s an incredible experience, and also a very challenging one, to be sure. Sometimes you’re left feeling like an impostor among your crewmates, having failed to complete every task you think is expected of you. But fear not! These feelings are not based in reality; they are merely symptoms of a benign condition known as impostor syndrome. Think you might be affected? This post is for you.
It’s been over three months since my trip to the Galapagos, and I am still thinking about it. For seven days, we all woke up at 5:30 am on the boat, ate breakfast together, and went out as the sun was rising on our morning hike to catch frigatebirds mating or iguanas spewing salt from their nostrils. Our days were spent snorkeling with turtles, sea lions, and schools of fish, and our nights were spent sitting on the bow of the ship, talking all together under the stars. It was truly a spring break I will never forget.
I can still recall the day college admissions results were released in the spring. In my own hubris, I was expecting a plethora of options from top schools around the country. I actually ended up with only two schools to choose from, Caltech and Columbia University, before Decision Day. “This is gonna be easy” I thought to myself. I was not thinking correctly. I was being a fool.