A short drive away from campus is downtown Alhambra. Besides plenty of food options, it has one of the closest theaters.
Bon Appetea offers boba, macarons, kale salads and also deep fried Chinese snacks. It is the setting of a Youtube short by Wong Fu Productions, "How Old Is She?!" that has garnered over 4 million views since it published in 2015.
The line at Boiling Crab is always long, but it is worth the wait for plastic baggies full of flavorful crayfish, shrimp and other seafood. The food is dumped out in front of you on the table, where you can go at it with your bare hands.
Cheap eats don't have to be shabby. Big Catch Seafood House, a sister restaurant to the nearby EMC Seafood, has $1 oysters during Happy Hour. Its regular menu features upscale dishes such as uni pasta, bone marrow, and a seafood tower with a 3 digit price tag.
Gen Korean BBQ is arguably one of the best Korean BBQ places nearby. Most people go for the All-You-Can-Eat option. Diners grill their own meat and eat it with traditional accompaniments like kimchi, rice wrappers, and assorted side dishes.
Unlike many students, I never had the opportunity to visit Caltech before enrolling. I had visited California once in elementary school, and the first time I returned was to move in for college. The only time I had ever left home before was for a week or two of sleepaway camp. Now, I would be moving across the country to a place I had never seen before with a bunch of strangers. Naturally, I was a bit terrified.
…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.