How Hard Is Pomona?

By Diana Rodriguez ‘19 As a summer intern in the Admissions Office who has been giving campus tours, I hear this question a lot: “how hard is Pomona?” I figure this is a question many prospective students have about Pomona, so let me attempt to answer it. The short answer is that Pomona is pretty hard. There will be tear stains on papers and tests as well as many all-nigh...
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Pomona’s Alternative Music Festival

By Toran Langford ‘21 New to campus? Like music but can’t afford or don’t want to buy into mainstream festivals? Welp, Nochella is just for you! Let me explain a little background. SO WHAT IS NOCHELLA ANYWAY? The Nochella Music Festival was created by the Pomona Events Committee (PEC)  which is under the Live Arts Committee that plans concerts and performances, in coll...
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Exploring Beaches, Live Music and More Off Campus

By Sarah Binau '19 My three years at Pomona have given me the chance to enjoy the city, the coast, the desert, and the mountains in more ways than I could have imagined before coming here. Here is a summary of my favorites in the genres of beaches, improv, outdoor adventures and live music. Let’s go to the beach, beach, let’s go get away! Leo Carrillo State Park is the...
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The Sun Has Blue in It

By Blake Plante ‘18 By the time I get home from our small family business in the evening, the swelling buds on the cactus are all shriveled and dead. I check Facebook briefly. Another friend is going to France. I'm going to write a damn book, I tell myself. In my second and last summer at Pomona, I'm home. I've left behind a life I'd made for myself during a semester in D...
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Did You Hear the One About …?

By Jeff Friedman ‘19 I get to tell jokes for my summer research. And I don’t mean pun-making before hunkering down to grind out an experiment. I mean I literally get to tell jokes and do research about it. Not just any jokes—à la the interdisciplinary nature of the liberal arts, I’m researching the history of Jewish humor, comedy that deals with tragic topics like the Hol...
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The “Study” in Study Abroad

By Libby Rose '19 I have just arrived back in the States after my six-month-long study abroad program in London, studying neuroscience at University College London (UCL). What an experience! The academics were so different from those at Pomona. In London, I took really cool classes for my neuroscience major such as Developmental Neurobiology and Cellular Neurophysiology. The...
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City of Angels Traffic

By Sarah Binau '19 Pomona loves to tell prospective students that it offers the best of both worlds: a tight-knit, small-campus liberal arts college, just a stone’s through from one of the US’s biggest metropolitan areas. Los Angeles is a sprawl of a city that includes beaches, high-rises, famous media sites, towering mountains, and an arid desert climate. From tacos to the ...
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The Bridge Between College and Home

By Nick Timms '21 My mom told me once (well, more than once) that I had two options: go to college or look for another place to call home. Naturally, I went with the first of the two choices. She knew that, following the clichéd mantra, college was the “key to success.” And I wanted to go myself. No longer having to ask her if I could go out, and being able to figure out all...
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“You’re a Cog Sci major? What’s that?”

By Sarah Binau '19 I came to Pomona thinking I wanted to study Psychology, English, or History: the subjects I enjoyed in high school. I took an upper-division Psych class my first semester, having passed through the introductory course from an AP credit. I loved the class, and I liked the other Psych majors I met in the course. But, even though I loved it, I felt I was miss...
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A Man in Amman

By Ethen Lund '19 [Ethen studied abroad in Amman, Jordan on the SIT Jordan: Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action Program] In Arabic, the name of this city is one character different than the word for safe. This coincidence holds credence in that the people of Amman are overwhelmingly benevolent. Crime is an afterthought, as the government and population take great pr...
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