As you may know, Caltech has a Ditch Day tradition that is unlike any other school’s. While at most places the seniors just leave campus and nothing else happens, at Caltech the seniors leave all sorts of fun activities and puzzles for the underclassmen. Each group of seniors who participates in Ditch Day creates what is known as a “stack,” which is a series of fun activities, puzzles or games for the undeclassmen to do. Each stack has a different theme.
The seniors spend a lot of time planning their actual Ditch Day stacks, in addition to what are known as Fake Ditch Day stacks. This is when the seniors pretend it is real ditch day, wake everyone up, and have smaller-scale activities for people to do. The purpose of this is to help keep the date of real Ditch Day (It’s Tomorrow, Frosh!), a secret and to have some fun along the way.
Today was a campus-wide fake Ditch Day, where seniors from all eight houses planned fake stacks.
Here are some pictures from Fleming’s Stacks:
Whack-a-Monster: The Stack
Eventually you’ll get a post from me about actual Ditch Day. But until then… Go to bed (pre)frosh, Ditch Day is Tomorrow!
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.