This half of the blog posts about my family’s visit focuses on the food!
It’s a good thing that they came during the summer. Otherwise, my desk would be unusable and completely covered in papers and food.When my family came over to visit, they brought a mountain of Asian snacks. I’m not even exaggerating! This picture only includes one half of the food and snacks my parents brought.
We had lunch at the fancy restaurant while we were at the Getty Center. The food was so good! I ordered a flat iron steak, and it was very tender and juicy. I really liked that we could enjoy the good scenery while eating yummy food. The plating in the pictures is a bit messy because I accidentally started chowing down before I taking the picture.
Someone had that really coolRomanesco broccoli on their plate. What’s special about this vegetable is that it mimics fractal patterns in its bud patterns. The number of spirals on one of their heads follows the Fibonacci sequence. Yay, math in nature!
This was my first time seeing aRomanesco broccoli in real life, and I was very impressed. Apparently it tasted pretty good too.
For dinner, we went to a super fancy steak house that was part of my parent’s hotel. Since the lighting was dark, the pictures came out pretty grainy. And to be honest, the food wasn’t plated very prettily, so there wouldn’t be much to look at even if I included the pictures.I did, however, grab a cool shot of their wine cellars.
I think they were a little dissappointed when my parents didn’t ask to open a bottle.The restaurant had two wine cellars flanking the entrance of their dining area. The picture above is of one of the wine cellars, and you can only see one of the three walls just crammed full with wine bottles. The room was made with glass walls, so you could easily see the wine from the outside.
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.