Freshman year of Caltech is over, and—besides friends, clubs, and maybe classes— there’s one thing I’ll really miss this summer.
Every weekday morning this school year, I awoke to the promise of the cool, tangy juice of plump red raspberries bursting in my mouth. Their sweet morning greeting motivated me to slide off my bunkbed, slip on sandals, descend a flight of stairs, and cross the courtyard into the cafeteria within minutes of my 7 AM alarm. Raspberries were my favorite fruit when I arrived at Caltech in the fall. Now, a hundred and fifty raspberry-replete breakfasts later, that hasn’t changed.
Raspberries are good in yogurt, on toast, and on their own, but most often, I ate them in oatmeal, where their sweetness, sourness, and subtle flavor beam from the mellow bowl.
Fruit is one thing CDS (Caltech Dining Services) really does right. Every day, the kitchen is stocked with a colorful assortment. Trays brim with raspberries, strawberries, and sometimes even blueberries. Apples—usually the sweet and tangy Fuji, but occasionally the crisp, lightly floral-flavored Pink Lady—are piled in a wire basket. Citrus is next, including navel oranges and clementines or tangelos, depending on the season. Bunches of bananas and bowls of dried apricots, cranberries, and raisins round off the ensemble.
Why does the cafeteria provide such an extraordinary array of fruit? Is this just a California thing? I don’t know, but I love it.
Depending on the house and style of room that you choose, rooms can look pretty different at Caltech. Generally, the south houses (Blacker, Dabney, Fleming, Ricketts) have similar options, and the north houses (Lloyd, Page, Venerable) are similar in their room styles as well. Rooms in Bechtel and Avery tend to look different from the north and south house rooms as well. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing an example of what a Fleming (south house) single generally looks like, and how I’ve chosen to decorate mine.
Now, based on the title you may be wondering what kind of story this will be. As you will soon find out, it’s a story of adventure born out of the pure, dark chaos that fills the minds of sleep deprived Caltech undergrads.
I’m starting a new miniseries on the blog – Film Club! Each episode, I’ll share a short clip from a popular piece of media, and then completely dissect and overanalyze it, because let’s face it, I’m doing it in my head already anyway. You say “buzzkill.” I say “science.” We’ll kick things off with a clip from Gravity Falls I discussed a bit in my previous post: Season 2 Episode 12, A Tale of Two Stans. If somehow you haven’t watched this show yet (?!)… spoilers incoming!