(All right, it’s been 4 days since OPI, but let’s pretend I posted this a week ago.)
So the water system in Atlantis OPI has been giving us quite a few headaches recently. The basic idea is that we have 3 levels: one just below the dance floor level (around 3 inches off the ground), one at 16 inches off the ground, and one at 7.5 feet around the edges of the elevated platforms. Water flows off the sides of the temple into the troughs around the platforms, where they waterfall off the sides into the 16 inch level. This extends around about half of the party, and every 4 feet or so the water there goes into the ground level through notches that we cut.
When you’re dealing with water, it turns out that (surprise surprise) water dripping is one of the worst things you’ll encounter. Unfortunately, we have a ton of leaks. Everywhere there’s water, we put down plastic sheeting. Thick plastic is expensive, so we have to settle for paper-thin .7 mil sheets. It tends to tear when it touches just about anything, so we spend a lot of time patching up all the leaks. You can see a lot of Gorilla tape holding our party together on the 16 inch level:
To get the water running sustainably, we need to fill up the bottom two levels most of the way. That takes a few hours, especially with the leaks – we made a rough estimate that we lose about 5 gallons a minute! As long as that is less than the flow rate of a hose, though, we’re safe. We measured the hose to be about 10 gallons a minute. Either way, it still takes forever to fill up the system, and we need to keep the hose running throughout the party for the water to stay at an acceptable level.
Anyway, that’s the water system. I’ll hopefully get a post up soon about how the party actually went (hint: it was awesome)!
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.