On Saturday, 1/21, I attended the Women’s March in downtown LA. Well, me and 750,000 other people! I traveled there with a large group of graduate students (and some undergrads) and tagged along with a group of three Blacker Moles (as no one else in my House attended the march). It was an incredible experience, best summarized with photos:
The crowds were incredible. There was only positive energy, although anger and frustration at not being respected by our representation in government had fueled everyone to attend the march, once we had all arrived, the overall feeling was of hope for the future and determination to make positive change. We were able to attend the rally in Pershing Square at the beginning of the event (and somehow were able to stand close enough to the stage to hear the speakers, who were City Council members and leaders of human rights groups from the LA area), who spoke about using our power as a group to enact civil protections for the female, LGBTQIA, immigrant, and disabled communities. We then marched to City Hall, although there were so many people at the event that the crowds actually reached from Pershing Square all the way down the one mile route to City Hall that we had to overflow onto four parallel streets in order to march North! By the time my small group had arrived at City Hall, it was too difficult to get close enough to the stage to hear any of the speakers at the second rally, so we stayed put in the crowd and absorbed the feeling of being surrounded by nearly a million women and allies who were standing up for their rights and the rights of others. It was truly mindblowing how many people were there.
Did you attend a Women’s March on January 21st? I’d love to hear about it! Let me know in the comments :)
When we think of Caltech and the Avengers, most of us would not make any sort of direct connections between the two. The only connection that comes to my mind is that many Caltech students enjoy Marvel and the Avengers. But what if we made another sort of connection. Where instead of Caltech students liking the Avengers, the Caltech students WERE the Avengers. If this was the case, what major would each Avenger be? (Note: For my emotional well-being, in this scenario, everyone is alive and happy with their lives at Caltech)
On May 8, the Washington Nationals came to Los Angeles Angels for a lovely Mother’s Day Game. I, being a D.C. native and avid Nationals fan, of course had to attend– the Nationals play the Angels very rarely because they play in different leagues and on opposite coasts. My dad and I have a goal of going to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, and we had to take advantage of our home team being in L.A., so my mom and dad both flew out for the weekend.
As I write this blog, I’m sitting on a grassy knoll on Pomona-Pitzer’s campus. It’s the last match of my final season of tennis here at Caltech. It’s definitely a bittersweet feeling to be done with my college tennis career (unless I decide to use my final year of NCAA eligibility, granted to athletes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic). Being a part of the women’s tennis team here has been a defining part of my identity and where I met my community on campus. In this blog, I want to discuss a bit of the process of becoming an NCAA athlete, the Caltech experience of handling schoolwork and a sport, and my take on how it affected my growth here.