Caltech has some really neat “classes” that you can take. The Master of Student Houses (MOSH) and his wife host a Manners Dinner and a Wine and Food Pairing course every term. I recently attended the Wine and Food Pairing course and it was really interesting. Of course, you have to be over 21, so usually its just seniors who take the course. We spend about 3.5 hours at the MOSH’s house learning how to pair wines with different foods. The MOSH, Geoff Blake, is a Professor of Cosmochemistry and Planetary Science and Professor of Chemistry. As a chemist, I definitely appreciate wine more now than prior to the class. He explained how various types of wine were made and how it affects your taste buds when paired with different foods. Can you guess which wines were the most and least expensive on the list below?
My favorite course was the diver scallops with squid ink pasta. The scallops were huge! The strawberries with whipped cream and brown sugar paired with champagne was also delicious. I also had a nice time catching up with some seniors in other houses that I haven’t talked to awhile. I’m glad that Caltech offers these unique opportunities. Moreover, it definitely makes me appreciate the small size of Caltech’s community. This place has been my home for more than three years now and I’ll definitely miss the people here when I graduate. I have a little over a month left here at Caltech since I’ll be graduating a term early, so I’m trying to make the most of it by spending time with my friends here and taking in some of the opportunities Caltech has to offer.
You’re squished with all your dorm essentials in the back of the car and your parents in the front trying to find parking. Emotions are high: Will you make friends? Will classes be too hard? What’s your roommate going to be like?
So you’ve done it! You’re going to attend Caltech, one of your dream schools, and you can officially call yourself a Techer. Maybe you grew up in sunny Southern California or, like me, moved thousands of miles from the East Coast (where they actually have seasons.) Regardless of how familiar you are with Pasadena or the Caltech campus before attending, becoming a student is a unique and new experience. Life at Caltech can be fun, but it is also one of the most rigorous schools in the world. It is important that your own health and wellbeing is always a top priority, regardless of whatever commitments you have on your plate.
Senior year tends to differ widely between different folks. Some have finished nearly all their major requirements, while others will be working through their classes all the way until graduation. My friends and I all fall on different points along this spectrum, but we all have something in common: we’re ready for second and third term.