So very hard to go…

Due to the COVID-19 situation, Caltech decided to move all classes online 3rd term, and all undergraduates (except those who petition to stay for need-based reasons) must leave campus. And even though we know that’s the best choice right now, we’re all so sad to leave…

So much for 3rd term activities like building Interhovse (our big party… the theme was going to be Mad Max), and taking House portraits of each class, and of course Ditch Day, since it didn’t end up happening first or second term. But the saddest part is that we don’t get to say a proper goodbye to our seniors. Because of the House system, there are many friendships between classes. Seniors – we’re going to miss you guys!

As I was moving out of my room, I took a few last photos:

 

 

(It was such a great room! It was a single (Blacker has singles, doubles, and the triple). I could stare out the window and spy on the courtyard and everything…)

 

^ Why must packing be so tiring??

^ Goodbye whiteboard

(OK, I ran out of photos)

Goodbye friends…

But we’re making efforts to keep our community alive remotely. No, it’s not the same, but it’s something. We’re setting up a discord. Keeping up with emails. (The automatic “Rain tomorrow! Get your stuff out of the courtyard before it gets wet” emails are still being auto-sent.) This blog, I suppose. And of course, communicating via the the five zillion billion Messenger (and Telegram) chats we have: the spam chat with alums, the cute animal photos chat, the “Blacker Hackers” maker culture chat, the COVID memes for Quaranteens chat, the Nice chat, the fire alarm blame chat (OK, maybe not that one), the food spam chat (created when the food chat, for posting free food, was getting spammed with too much non-free-food-content), the orb chat (ORBS! yes, it’s just a chat about orbs. orbs are good.),  our class chats (e.g. I’m in the juniors chat), etc., etc…

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