This Spring Break, the women’s tennis team travelled to Texas! We played two matches against Texan teams; you can read about the matches here. And in addition to improving our regional ranking, we saw new sights and ate yummy food! (Fellow blogger Jenny is also on the tennis team so some of this might sound familiar.)
I was surprised by how flat the land around Dallas is. And everything is so spread out; instead of having stores and houses lining the sides of the road, there’d be clusters of buildings here and there. And the UT Dallas campus is huge! We discovered that when we were trying to find the tennis courts for the first time; thank you satellites feature on googlemaps! Their facilities are super nice; I couldn’t help but take a photo of their tennis courts.
They also had electronic scoreboards on every court so instead of flipping scorecards every changeover they used a remote to update it.
Continuing on, people do say ya’ll. Before our first doubles match started, one of the girls on the Texas Lutheran team says, “do ya’ll wanna spin?” and my partner and I held back laughs in order to proceed.
Then onto another stereotypical Southern thing, the BBQ. We ate at a restaurant called Lockhart Smokehouse, and though it might not have been the best place to eat the night before a match, the food was delicious. The cut the meat to how much you wanted right in front of you and the sauce was made in house.
There was no doubt that we were on full stomachs after dinner, but proceeded to get ice cream (the shop had 4.5 stars on Yelp). We talked to the owner for a bit and they get the cream from local cows. More pictures!
We picked up groceries at the local Sprouts. We have Sprouts in Colorado, but to my knowledge there’s not one near campus. We walk into the store and a woman is handing out samples. She sees that we are wearing our Caltech gear and starts talking to us about it. Turns out, she swam for the Caltech team back in the day. My first thought was uh oh I do not want my Caltech degree to land me here, but then she told us that her dad was affiliated with Caltech and so she was able to swim on the team. So prefrosh do not fret! Caltech is personally a great place to attend college, and watching seniors visit grad schools and hearing about the success of alums is very reassuring.
Back to food, Sprouts sells this popcorn, and it is to die for! The ice cream version of salted caramel is very good as well.
In two nights and two days, we won two matches and ate lots of food. I’d say a pretty successful trip. It would’ve been nice to visit the Kennedy museum if we had more time, until next time.
P.S. I’m not even hungry but this blog turned out to be mostly about food, oh well.
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.