Well, readers, I hope you all gave thanks this past Thursday! We’re all here another year to stuff ourselves with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, CRANBERRY SAUCE, and PUMPKIN PIE (I wonder what my favorite things are in that list…). But most importantly, Thanksgiving is about FAMILY. Unfortunately, I was unable to go home for the holiday (but, you say, I was just there! and in that respect you are correct).But there was no need to worry, since many Techers stay on campus for the weekend. Each House usually puts on a Thanksgiving feast for everyone who’s around! Definitely a great way to catch up with your House “family.” However, this post will not be about Thanksgiving, since that would be too cliché. It will be about the THREE DAYS AFTERWARDS!
Now what would be blog-worthy about the days after the Day of Thanks? First and foremost…BLACK FRIDAY! Yes, I was among the masses trying to jump-start the economy on that all-important shopping day. I didn’t get up at 5 AM to hit the stores, but went out for a leisurely afternoon with my good friend, Lisa. I rented a Zipcar for the afternoon (look it up - they just started a rental program at Caltech and it’s only $8 an hour!) and we headed to the nearby Santa Anita Mall. Let’s just say…I found some really amazing deals. From $13 TV show seasons on DVD to half-price sweaters at Abercrombie, I definitely got to shop till I dropped!
Even after an exhausting day on Black Friday, the fun didn’t stop! I was really fortunate that I was able to meet my parents in SIN CITY - LAS VEGAS, NEVADA! Only a 45 minute flight (or 5 hour drive) from campus! :)
Now if you know anything about me (besides that I’m Italian, from NJ, like food, and am hopefully going to be an MD/PhD), you MUST know that I LOVE LAS VEGAS! Not 21 yet? No worries! I’ve been frequenting the city for as long as I can remember, and between the stores, pool, cool hotels, and food I definitely have been able to keep busy. I really had a great time this trip seeing my parents and hitting up my favorite Vegas locations. If you need any advice on restaurants, here’s my (possibly unsolicited) recommendations.
Buffet: Cravings Brunch at the Mirage
American/Everything: Grand Lux Café at the Venetian or Palazzo
Chinese: Jasmine at the Bellagio (and you can see the fountains!)
Italian: Sensi at the Bellagio
So now it’s picture time!
OK well then…I think that’s all for now! Time for the FINAL push towards FINALS WEEK!! Dum dum dum! But first, my NYU visit - wish me luck! Too bad I didn’t have any in Vegas…maybe next time!
Studying at Caltech is a lot like crewing a spaceship. You get to work alongside some of the most talented people on Earth, you’re constantly doing science in order to survive, and the environment tends to keep you under a lot of pressure. It’s an incredible experience, and also a very challenging one, to be sure. Sometimes you’re left feeling like an impostor among your crewmates, having failed to complete every task you think is expected of you. But fear not! These feelings are not based in reality; they are merely symptoms of a benign condition known as impostor syndrome. Think you might be affected? This post is for you.
It’s been over three months since my trip to the Galapagos, and I am still thinking about it. For seven days, we all woke up at 5:30 am on the boat, ate breakfast together, and went out as the sun was rising on our morning hike to catch frigatebirds mating or iguanas spewing salt from their nostrils. Our days were spent snorkeling with turtles, sea lions, and schools of fish, and our nights were spent sitting on the bow of the ship, talking all together under the stars. It was truly a spring break I will never forget.
I can still recall the day college admissions results were released in the spring. In my own hubris, I was expecting a plethora of options from top schools around the country. I actually ended up with only two schools to choose from, Caltech and Columbia University, before Decision Day. “This is gonna be easy” I thought to myself. I was not thinking correctly. I was being a fool.