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Jul. 30th, 2003 | 11:06 am

Once you've joined Caltech, forever will it dominate your life.

(If I move into this condo, the closest coffee shops will be on the Caltech campus, and at least the daytime ones have wireless access. I wonder when the student run night coffee shop will get wireless.)

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caltech is gone from my life almost completely and I am glad for it!

from: fusionpower
date: Jul. 30th, 2003 11:54 am (UTC)
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Well I hope that I can break the mold! The further I get from the place to more interesting and fun my life becomes.

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Diane Trout

Re: caltech is gone from my life almost completely and I am glad for it!

from: alienghic
date: Jul. 30th, 2003 12:36 pm (UTC)
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A friend of mine was quiet emotionally scarred by their Caltech undergrad experience, at this point they try to hide the fact they went here.

And yet, that is an example of Caltech controlling someones life.

As a counter example I rarely think of the school I went to. The experience had little impact on my life.

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Re: caltech is gone from my life almost completely and I am glad for it!

from: fusionpower
date: Jul. 30th, 2003 12:41 pm (UTC)
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True. When responding to people who ask about where I go to school or went to school, I almost always only use my undergrad school. And now that I will be associated with a new University, I am starting to use that name as another reference point.

However I also live outside of Cali now, so it makes it easier. I basicially only have 3.5 people left from the school that I associate with so there is also not a lot of pull in terms of that, especially when about 2.5 of them want to leave the school or the region too!

What keeps you around the school??

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Diane Trout

Re: caltech is gone from my life almost completely and I am glad for it!

from: alienghic
date: Jul. 30th, 2003 12:51 pm (UTC)
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I'm staff doing CS work in biology lab, so my PI doesn't actually talk to me that much, leaving me to largely do what I feel like. Additionally I tend to worry too much and am concerned that right now is a bad time to go looking for a new job.

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Re: caltech is gone from my life almost completely and I am glad for it!

from: fusionpower
date: Jul. 30th, 2003 02:06 pm (UTC)
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Hmm. I am sorry to hear that you are worried about your job right now and that you worry in general. I do not understand why everyone says the economy is crap. It is actually amazing right now. As I speak, everyone I know with a BA or higher has been hired who applied for any sort of tech-related job in China. And since they pay US wages and you live in China, you even live like a King or Queen.

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Diane Trout

Re: caltech is gone from my life almost completely and I am glad for it!

from: alienghic
date: Aug. 1st, 2003 11:01 am (UTC)
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It's the US economy that's been weak, other parts of the world could quite easily be doing better.

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from: ohnerustung
date: Jul. 30th, 2003 12:48 pm (UTC)
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Caltech sounds like a 24/7/365 Star Trek convention. How can that possibly be healthy?

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from: bolowolf
date: Jul. 30th, 2003 01:28 pm (UTC)
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I went to a really unique undergrad institution. The people I've kept in touch with since graduation are still trying to recreate aspects of that environment. The place was amazing. Not amazingly great, not amazingly horrible, but amazingly transforming. It seems there's a larger portion of students there that don't graduate in 4 years than other universities. There are also more people who choose to stick around after graduating, or even come back. There is a weird draw to the place in that almost Twilight Zone capacity. I occassionally catch myself wanting to live there. I know that would be a disaster for many reasons, but I still feel that draw at times.

Damn, I need a laptop. And a wireless network. :-)

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Aug. 1st, 2003 11:04 am (UTC)
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Caltech can exhibit a similar pull, though that may be driven by some bonding over a deeply stressful experience. Also many 'techers had trouble relating to others and found a collection of people they're more likely to connect with.

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