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.
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.
Usually, while writing this post, I would be at Caltech playing volleyball. I begin school eith preseason, which for those unfamiliar (or are planning on joining women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, men’s waterpolo, or cross country) is a 5 week long period before school begins where the sports teams I listed before practice and compete. My life during preseason is basically volleyball 24/7. Two practices a day (during school only one) and game days three days a week. No school work to worry about, spending time with my teammates all day, a nice refresher before school begins.
Every year, the Caltech Society of Women Engineers attends the National SWE conference to network with other SWE Chapters and to hustle for jobs. Last year, the event was in Minneapolis, and the year before in Austin. This time around, it’s in Anaheim which is much more convenient for us. Since it is much closer, we were able to send many more delegates to attend and miss fewer classes in the process of doing so.