A senior who’s wistfully remembering her younger years? Gosh, call the stereotype police!
Still, I still can’t believe at times that I’ve gone through (survived?) three years at Caltech. And in just a few months, barring any unforeseen catastrophe, I’ll be walking up to receive my diploma! One thing I especially can’t wait for is the Lloyd presence during the ceremony. It’s tradition to don your obnoxiously gold shirt and gong out the new alumni with great enthusiasm. I’ve been on scene first thing every year!
A Calendar of Cacophony (2008-2011)
2009: Frosh move the gong back to its rightful place. Obviously, my biceps of steel were essential to this task.
2010: S’mores are done with core! Just look how happy we are.
2011: ACTION SHOT. It’s our last ceremony weget to be silly at, so why not step to the plate and make some noise?
In other news, I finally got my Athenaeum membership! Since you have to be over 21 and a senior to apply, I’ve been waiting since the beginning of my sophomore year to be eligible. Basically, the Athenaeum is a gentlemen’s (or gentleladies’) club that is barely twenty feet east from Lloyd. With a membership in tow, you can go for a fancy lunch or dinner, or perhaps take the more casual route and go for an evening out at their basement venue, the Rathskeller. No matter what you choose, everythingis delicious. I especially recommend the strawberry lemonade, Kobe burger, and the Berries Athenaeum dessert.
Not over 21? Not a senior? No problem! You’ll probably still find your way to the Athenaeum in some fashion. Many freshman year professors take students out to lunch (worth going to class!), and most seniors will also take their underclassmen out for an occasion. Additionally, the Academic Review Committee (ARC) has a program where they’ll reimburse $15 per person if you take a professor out to lunch! Seehttps://arc.caltech.edu/proftolunch.php for details, but there are very few strings attached: you just need to say why you’d want to spend a little more time talking to the professor. Awesome, right?
Alas, it is only Tuesday and there is work to be done. However, come Friday, you can bet I’ll be at the Athenaeum for both lunch and the Rathskeller!
My favorite part about Caltech is the Houses! The easiest way to describe them is as Hogwarts houses: each has their own personality and group of people and the first thing you do at Caltech is go through a “sorting” process. The people are what makes the Houses at Caltech so great. As a frosh, it’s amazing to be able to come in and immediately have a group of 100+ people to support you. Because the Houses have students from every grade, you make friends with upperclassmen and can ask for help on tons of things like:
It’s crazy to think that it has been four years now since I was applying to college. I remember it vividly. This week we’re spending some time reflecting on our personal admissions processes, and how we ended up at Caltech. There’s one question though that I wanted to spin out into a separate post: “what advice would you give to the admitted class of 2025?” And I think the best way to do this is to tell a more detailed story than I did in my other post.
These past six months have been a whirlwind- from having to move out of Caltech housing in March within a week’s notice due to COVID-19, to starting the first term of my junior year, I’ve definitely experienced a lot of change. When I went home in March, it was to a completely new state-my family moved from Chino, CA to New Jersey in January (great timing, huh?). While I missed seeing my friends from home, it was fun to have the chance to explore a completely new place. The pandemic obviously limited what I could see and do, but I got to experience walks through nature and along rivers normally foreign to a SoCal native and had some time to focus on bioinformatics research for the lab I work with on campus.