This past weekend was quite eventful; I took my chem and phys quiz back to back! Just kidding well I did but what actually matters is that Caltech had its first official party since we rotated into our houses. I ended up in Fleming House, and it's tradition for the new frosh in Fleming to host a party. We had a budget, made flyers and everything.
My friends and I would like to think we make for a good-looking poster and got people to show up to the 'frosh party', but either way a good amount of people from the different houses came.We moved the couches out of our lounge to make it more of a dance floor and put up balloons and streamers, black and white ones of course. And we had the typical big flashing lights in addition to the black lights that makes white clothes glow which was fun.Cleaning up after though, not so fun.
Also, my mom came to New Student Parents' Day which was on Saturday.When we were looking for a sit-down restaurant, it was funny because I didn't know of any nice places around campus. So we ended up eating dinner at Chipotle and Tea Spots(known for its boba but also sells other Asian style food)the next night, both of which I enjoyed; itwas good to see a face from home and catch up on things. The leaves are changing colors in Colorado, while it'll basically always be sunny here.
Whenever I tell someone that Caltech has an undergraduate population of less than one thousand people, their first reaction is disbelief. “Really?” they exclaim. “You must know everyone! How can you get a real college experience with so few undergrads?”
One of the most exciting aspects of college life is the freedom that students enjoy when living on their own. When most students think about college life, one of the first things that comes to mind is Greek life, with the many sororities and fraternities on campuses across the country. While Caltech does not have Greek life, per se, we do have a unique housing system, similar to that of Hogwarts. There are eight houses and one residence on campus: Avery, Blacker, Dabney, Fleming, Lloyd, Page, Ricketts, Ruddock, and the Bechtel Residence. Each of the houses has its own unique culture, character, and traditions. I am a member of Ruddock House!
This past year was so different than most of us could have ever imagined. Living in “the virtual school year” posed a plethora of challenges, but at the same time, it opened the door to new possibilities. As a society, we learned how to better operate in a virtual world, and as individuals, we had time for new endeavors. For myself, this meant taking the leap of faith to move away from home and live with some fellow Techers. While I had already had the experience of moving away from home and coming to live in the Caltech houses, this was quite different. Instead of living in organized student residences with hundreds of other students, a meal plan, and tons of support resources, I was about to go live with just 5 other people (some of which I did not know super well) and we had to find and manage our own housing, food, and necessities.