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!
When we think of Caltech and the Avengers, most of us would not make any sort of direct connections between the two. The only connection that comes to my mind is that many Caltech students enjoy Marvel and the Avengers. But what if we made another sort of connection. Where instead of Caltech students liking the Avengers, the Caltech students WERE the Avengers. If this was the case, what major would each Avenger be? (Note: For my emotional well-being, in this scenario, everyone is alive and happy with their lives at Caltech)
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.
As I write this blog, I’m sitting on a grassy knoll on Pomona-Pitzer’s campus. It’s the last match of my final season of tennis here at Caltech. It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling to be done with my college tennis career (unless I decide to use my final year of NCAA eligibility, granted to athletes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic). Being a part of the women’s tennis team here has been a defining part of my identity and where I met my community on campus. In this blog, I want to discuss a bit of the process of becoming an NCAA athlete, the Caltech experience of handling schoolwork and a sport, and my take on how it affected my growth here.