Nobody told us that even after we’ve passed all our exams, we would still have to survive one more thing: the scorching 2.5 hours of the commencement ceremony. This year’s graduation events look like this:
After sending us off with a sweet Caltech chocolate crunch cake at the Athenaeum, graduates had to wake up and get dressed by the (relatively) early hours of 8:45 am for a class photo.
After the class photo, graduates were promptly gathered up and signed in. Nobody really knew what to expect. We were whisked off to areas marked for each row of seats.
We were standing there around 9 am, and had to wait till 10 am for commencement to begin and to file to our seats. We took this time to take photos. We were also recommended to drop off belongings at a coat check area.
We finally got lined up alphabetically and sent towards the lawn outside the “Wedding Cake”, or Beckman Auditorium and got sat down in the searing sun. My black diploma folder was getting hot, so I kept everything covered under the white program booklet. At one point, I saw a fellow graduate had taken off her mortarboard and placed the booklet on her head instead.
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.