5 Weird Bathroom Things I Do at College that I Never Had to Worry About at Home

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Since coming back to campus, I've once again had to get used to communal bathrooms. I no longer have the luxury of a bathroom all to myself, with a lock and everything, and where I can sit on the toilet scrolling through my phone for hours on end. After much reflection, here are the top 5 (only 5?) weird bathroom things I do at college that I never had to worry about at home. ...
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A Wild Professors Chase: On Office Hours

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If you were to dive into my iCal or folders, you would be sure to find tons of documents labeled “OH”. It’s not an exclamation, as much as I am always excited about it. Instead, “OH” is my abbreviation for Office Hours, a particularly defining element of my college experience. Somehow, I’ve always had a romanticised picture in my mind of what Office Hours would be like: a co...
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M.A.id in Waiting: Applying to Graduate School

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“Goodbye! We love you! Safe travels! See you at graduation!” This is how my grandparents saw me off after our winter visit together. There’s really not much denying it any more: I will (hopefully) be graduating from college in 2016. It’s a pretty chilling feeling to watch the ball drop on a new year that matches your “Class of.” As I’ve written somewhat melodramatically in p...
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Semester 1, Sophomore Year: Check!

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Happy New Year! Perhaps, it’s time to reflect a little on the semester that we just successfully completed. So here we go. Overview From escorting U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, to mealtime conversations with old and new friends, to Athenaeum dinners, classical music at Little Bridges, Law Journal weekly meetings, to playing with kittens during Sophomore/F...
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Why I Actually Studied Abroad

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Hi everyone! Maybe it’s the winter weather, or my fear of losing track of my thoughts, but I finally managed to huddle inside and finish writing this post. Here it is: the “Why I Studied Abroad” post that you’ve been waiting for. Kind of. Back in August, before I left Vermont for Paris, I jotted down a few questions in my very first post. Questions like: What will I learn abroa...
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On Going Home: Confronting a Stigma

After Thanksgiving break, Professor Hentyle Yapp asked my Gender & Women's Studies class how our breaks had been. People raised their hands, describing adorable family traditions or delicious family recipes. Several people had seen the new Hunger Games movie with their families over the break. After a couple minutes, Hentyle gently ended the discussion, noting that while it...
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A First-Year’s Reflection on Happiness

I’m going to be real with you, folks: college has been hard. I've had to face new challenges living away from home, adapting to college academic expectations, and most importantly, redefining my own happiness in a new environment. There were definitely times when I questioned whether I belonged at Pomona, and whether I would be able to call it my new home. Though I have come a ...
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Thriving as a Student (Leader)

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spon·sor noun. 1. A sophomore who lives in a first-year hall throughout the year with 1 or 2 co-sponsors and 15 to 18 first-year students, with the objective of easing the transition to college by creating a safe and welcoming living environment. 2. Just another struggling student trying to make it in the world. As I approach the close of fall semester of my second year a...
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Physical Education for the Physically Uncoordinated: Ping Pong

My amazing ping pong class with Coach B! :^)
(Disclaimer: I apologize for frequently writing about my physical uncoordination. Speaking of, I got my first bike injury of the semester not that long ago. My knee was scraped pretty badly. Sad face.) I never thought P.E. in college was a thing—it seemed so…juvenile to require students to exercise. Eughh. Like, what? Can’t us physically incapable people ever get a break...
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A Semester of Classes I Loved

Classes ended on December 9, and I can now say with certainty that this was the best semester I've ever had in terms of classes. As a senior who has already completed all of my general education and International Relations major requirements, I had a ton of freedom in choosing my classes this semester. I ended up with four amazing classes, which I will summarize here for you: ...
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