Sardines in the Library

By Eric Gofen '19 The sponsor program at Pomona pairs groups of ten to twenty first-year students with two to three returning students who serve as mentors—both academically and beyond. My second year, I was a sponsor. Cris Woroch, my first-year roommate, became something of a Spuncle (Sponsor uncle) to my sponsor group, and he introduced us to the game Sardines. We first pl...
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This Mystical Number 47

By Toran Langford ’21 It’s a cool morning, and my room is dark. The first thing I see is “8:47 AM” on my clock. Then I look at my phone; it’s at 47% battery. “Ok, be cool … there’s nothing going on!” I want to explore how magical this number really is. Ever since I’ve come to this campus, it’s like that number literally pops up everywhere, and my friends say the same...
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An Ode to Realizing It Is November of Your Senior Year

reading outside
By Chilinh (CC) Rozen '18 It was about 11:17 a.m. on a fine Monday morning when I stopped responding to emails and actually opened a Google Doc to take notes for my 11 a.m. to 12:15 class (I have left out the name of this class, which I do love, so that my professor does not realize I spent the first 17 minutes feverishly responding to emails, not taking diligent notes). I...
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Top 8 Podcasts for Walking around Campus

By Lauren Schoen '20 Let’s be honest – walking around campus every single day can get a bit boring. For example, the 20-minute trek up to Harvey Mudd for Pizza Night is great, but sometimes your Spotify playlists just won’t cut it. Here is a solution: some of my favorite podcasts for listening to while walking around the 5Cs: 1. 99% Invisible: This impeccably produced pod...
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Got Math?

Halona Math Trip
By Eric Gofen '19 On Thursday nights Pomona students flock to the math lounge. Troves of Sagehens pause their studying and extracurricular activities to partake in a small feast. They might come for Trader Joe’s chips, but they stay for the mathematical banter. Math Snack is just one activity the department puts on each week. Others include Math Lunches, Colloquium ta...
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For Prospective Students of Color

By Toran Langford ’21 First of all, no college has the perfect recipe for racial/ethnic relations. But, at the Claremont Colleges, there are support systems for students of the African Diaspora. Specifically, in my experience, the administration is happy to make adaptations to accommodate concerns. In regards to race-based concerns, Pomona has promised to increase mental hea...
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Community Engagement … More Than an Adventure

by Toran Langford '21 Just about two months ago, I left my urban home of New Orleans for the suburban community of Claremont. Upon arrival at Pomona College, I was shocked to discover that students had a drastically different mindset than where I came from. How was this possible? Is California really as liberal and progressive as the news told me? Ironically enough, just ...
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Is Life a Job Training Program?

by Lauren Schoen '20 College is not a job training program. Classes are not professional development. The clubs you join are not lines on a résumé. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I’m sure most of us can picture the same thing: the kindergarten teacher asking “what do you want to be when you grow up?” and then having to draw our future selves in a spacesuit, i...
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Where Rory Taylor Interviews Jack Buyske and Learns about Claremont Pizza Culture

Jack and Rory eating
by Rory Taylor '18 This week I sat down with Jack Buyske, a rising senior at Pomona, to talk about all manner of topics. A Public Policy Analysis major, Jack is on track to head off to medical school after he graduates. Our conversation ranged from the fierceness of the Sagehen mascot to his experience in the college process. Jack, first welcome, but just really quickly w...
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A Love Letter to PAYS (Pomona Academy for Youth Success)

group of students
by Eisen Ipac '19 “EISEN? EISEN ARE YOU AWAKE?” Hearing timid knocks, I fumble for my phone, wondering what time it is. 6:30 AM. The knocks stop, so I quickly kick off my blanket and run to open the door. A tall girl with beautiful warm skin and a soft face looks at me with apologetic eyes. “Hey Maeve, is everything okay?” “Sorry to wake you up, Eisen, but I locked myself...
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