So this past Sunday, the men of Avery made brunch for all
the ladies. Tom Mannion hosted the event at his house. The guys made omlettes,
eggs benedict, hash browns, and quiches. There were also croissants, bagels,
and fresh fruit. Our frosh UCC Saurabh also came back to visit, so that was a
nice surprise. He’s working for SIG in Philly now as a trader. I believe that
the UCC/house system here at Caltech truly makes this small community feel like
a family. Saurabh always took us on frosh walk and talks, and made sure each of
us were doing well. Now as a junior, I try to do the same unofficially by
walking around the house when taking a break from sets and talking to all the
frosh I didn’t get to meet last term while abroad. The class of 2016 is pretty
cool, and I can’t wait to meet all you prospective prefrosh in April for
Prefrosh Weekend (PFW)! :)
Anyways, Saurabh taught us a new playing card game, called
We ended up playing until 4 am. It was nice catching up with him and
hopefully we’ll see him again Tomorrow (for Ditch Day ;P).
Avery also had a hot pot event on Monday to celebrate
Chinese New Year. It was quite successful and there was a ton of food as you
can see from the pictures. I had a good three day weekend and I’m looking
forward to what this week brings.
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.