This past week was super eventful! I not only tried the (in)famous Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccinos, but also I went to The Grove in Beverly Hills for the first time and went to my friend’s graduation show at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino - I love all things unicorn, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try this. My friends and I even brought our unicorn headbands to the store. There is a Starbucks within walking distance, so a couple of my friends and I went one afternoon. We all got the same thing, and none of us liked it very much. I would describe thetaste as alternating between light hints of mango and very sour candy. It wasn’t what I expected at all - I thought it was going to be a sugar overload (maybe I would have liked that better). I’m glad I was able to try it though, since Starbucks only offered the unique flavor for a few days.
The Grove - The Grove is an outdoor shopping mall in Beverly Hills. It’s beautiful! I went because I was cravingLadurée macarons.I had had their macarons before from London and Paris, but they only recently just opened up some stores in Southern California. I tried their orange blossom, geranium, lily of the valley, rose petal, chocolate black currant, Cognac, and salted caramel macarons. The first four tasted too much like soap for my liking, but the last three were amazing! Additionally, the Snapchat Spectacles vending machine was also at the Grove this past weekend. I didn’t end up getting a pair though.
Art Center Graduation - The Art Center College of Design is an art school in Pasadena. One of my friends from high school went there, and she just graduated this past Saturday! I went to her graduation showcase to see both her work and the work of all the graduating Art Center students. The showcase were huge and everyone was extremely talented. It was open to the public, so anyone interested could have gone. P.S. Caltech has an exchange program with the Art Center College of Design!
…Or, How a Disciple of Bethany Ehlmann, a Former Desert Militiaman, Moore Lab Subbasement Dwellers, Roblox’s Newest Intern, a Florida Man, and a Luminous Plasma Scientist Went to War with the Caltech Mail Center, Got Double-Crossed by AirGas Corp., Survived Three COVID Outbreaks, and Nearly Stranded Themselves in the Mojave in order to Send a Bag of Peanuts to Space (A True Story).
Every midterm week and final week, Page House Peer Advocates (PAs) put on a de-stressing event. This term for midterms, the PAs hosted a painting night in conjunction with a Page dessert night. (Every Thursday, the House gives $60 to a pageboy (a member of Page) to buy a bunch of dessert and snacks for the house for dessert night.). They provided canvases, paint brushes, and a variety of paint colors for the night. It was a really fun and relaxing time to stop working on sets or studying for midterms for a bit and hangout with friends.
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.
One of Caltech’s many clubs is the RISE tutoring program, where undergraduate students connect with local high schoolers and provide tutoring in various STEM subjects. I only became a tutor this academic year, but the experience has been so rewarding for me and, hopefully, also for the students I tutor.