I am currently blogging from the comforts of the Campus Inn, on the University of Michigan’s campus in Ann Arbor. It’s been a long week so far, but hanging in there (in the true interview season spirit!). This visit to Michigan has been nice so far - cold and there’s snow on the ground, but it’s definitely bearable. The environment is also totally different from Tufts, where I was earlier this week! Both are really great programs with super-nice people. But what wanted to let you all know was about how much of a KLUTZ I can be at times!
So after my interview at Tufts I thought “OK time to change and then rush to the airport!” But I had to run down a flight of stairs carrying my carry-on bag with my change of clothes in it. In my rush, guess what I did? Yup, I FELL DOWN THE STAIRS!! In my “professional” medical opinion I twisted my ankle. Luckily, it was only four stairs and I wasn’t carrying anything breakable like my computer (which may not heal like my ankle is trying to!). So after this spill, I almost gave up in despair but I had to push through to change, get to the airport, and make it to Michigan. Luckily the flight attendants gave me ice and I was able to put my foot up almost the whole time, but I was totally relieved to get to my hotel room.
Now after a busy day of interviews (and another one tomorrow lined up!) I’m chilling on my bed keeping my ankle elevated. Look how big it is - like a baseball!**
Hopefully it’ll be better for walking around on the tour tomorrow and getting back to the plane tomorrow night. No worries, though… I’ll keep on keepin’ on! Just a few more days till I’m (FINALLY!) back at Tech! :)
Caltech may be a small campus, but it has a large variety of food options. There are three main dining locations on campus — The Lee F. Browne Dining Hall, the Hameetman Center (which houses our beloved Red Door Cafe), and the Broad Café. All on-campus students also have access to open kitchens in their houses, where a dinner special is served everyday and different breakfast options are available. There were countless times this past week that I ate my meal and then remembered that I forgot to take a picture of my food – here’s a brief diary of just some of the meals I had.
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.
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?”