Fasten your seatbelts, attach your climbing harness to your jetpack, it’s time for FIELD TRIP 2019 EDITION!
But Andrew, you say, you aren’t in any geology classes this term. And you’re right. This was something special. Something unique. Something just odd enough to be beautiful: an English field trip.
English field trips are different. It’s not about going out and collecting samples, or getting long, painful lectures about rocks. Instead it’s about getting out and exploring the world, placing your literature in context with the real, and more than anything else, having a good time.
Our trip started wit a trip to Watts Towers in Watts, Los Angeles. They form an amazing structure built entirely by one man: Simon Rodia. This man took about 33 years to construct something truly amazing – he was an immigrant who couldn’t read or write and simply spent his time building. There are so many cool stories about the towers – our tour specifically pointed out a dark history that “there’s more than just chicken in that pit”, referencing a possible sinister, noir-style burial of victims of a mobster, who just so happened to be Simon Rodia’s brother. Unfortunately, we couldn’t go inside the gates of the towers because they are closed for renovations (Rodia used a large number of shells, bottles, and pottery shards to decorate the towers that sometimes like to fall off from above and hit passersby). Finally, they had a little garden next to the towers where there was an African Tortoise! It was like we were at a zoo! The tortoise seemed happy, although hungry enough he chased out class around. But hey, gotta love it.
The second stop on the trip was Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock house, a pretty fancy house on top of a hill in the Hollywood/Little Armenia area. It was actually about two blocks north of the church of scientology which I visited with Eric last year, so that was a fun memory. They wouldn’t let us take photos from the inside, but the architecture was amazing, and I thoroughly enjoyed that stop as well.
And of course, we made one last stop, the only place that someone can make a stop as a true Angelino: In-N-Out. I opted just for fries and a shake – gotta watch myself just a bit because it isn’t fencing season anymore!
As a Caltech student, I obviously have a love for STEM. But for me, that love is incomplete without the bigger picture—the role that STEM can play in helping society. That connection between science and humanity served as the initial motivation for one of my primary passions: organizing for environmental justice.
Now that the 2021 baseball season has come to close, I want to take a little trip down memory lane to the 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs. To set the scene, after an exciting wild card game win, the Washington Nationals (my team) began a five game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers win the first and third game of the series, and the Nationals win the second and fourth game, making game five a do-or-die situation. The final game took place at Dodgers Stadium, a mere 20 minute drive from Caltech. I pounced on this opportunity, going to the game with my fellow baseball-fanatic and Caltech student, Arya.
Hi y’all – this is my first post on the blog, and I’m glad to be here! This is actually a continuation of my friend and fellow blogger Tyler Colenbrander’s previous post about our experience living together over the past three virtual terms at Caltech. You can see his post at this link.