At four in the morning, me and thirteen other Pomona first-years woke up to bid our sponsor groups, bathrooms and comfy beds farewell, embarking on a journey that would kickstart our first year of college: Orientation Adventure (OA). As part of the Pomona orientation experience, all first-years go on an outdoor trip of their choice, ranging from backpacking (my trip!) to sea kayaking, rock climbing to surfing.
To be honest, I was definitely nervous. It was only the first week of orientation, I was adjusting to living in a new country (shout out to my fellow international students!) and I was going backpacking (fitness training did not happen this summer…). But little did I know that I would soon become a part of a new “family,” affectionately known as Dom B (or Dom Bae), and share some of the most meaningful and intimate conversations with my new friends. Nature was the perfect setting for bonding with my peers; together, we created an environment of respect, understanding and inclusiveness that made our OA trip extremely memorable. [Read more…]