Note: While we have regular contributors, Voices is an open forum for all Pomona College students. Any student may apply to become a blogger. See here for guidelines and application deadlines.
Coming straight to you from the Claremont area, it’s David Kuhio Ahia II, Art History major, transfer student, and your favorite blogger. Get ready to talk museums, movies, classes, Claremont-living and everything you need to know (but were too afraid to ask) about the Los Angeles and Orange County areas. And if you’ve ever wanted to know what it’s like to go from a giant private research university to a cozy liberal arts college, you’ve come to the right blog.
Hey—I’m Natasha from Providence, Rhode Island! As the quintessential liberal arts student, my major is undecided, but I’m really interested in international relations and English. I have an avid love for coffee that has only intensified in college, and I will make the trek out to L.A. to explore new coffee options. I get excited about reimagining the criminal justice system, sustainable food, creative writing that explores unique cultural identities, dressing to express myself, and most of all, talking to other Pomona students about doing what they love! At Pomona, I’ve been involved with The Student Life, The Weekly Writing Workshop, Pomona Student Union, and 5C Prison Abolition Club.
Sarah is a Cognitive Science major from Columbus, Ohio. She lived in Santiago, Chile, for 5 months in 2017. Outside of the classroom, Sarah enjoys doing Improv Comedy with the Underground Theatrical Institute (a 5C club), working out with her friends, eating fortune cookies, and going to the beach.
I’m Jack, a Public Policy Analysis major from New Jersey. When I’m not in class, you can find me at the East Valley Community Health Center as their HIV Intern or working in the Office of Admissions as a Head Tour Guide (kind of different skill sets). What takes up more of my time, though, is watching Yankees baseball, exploring the great outdoors, and daydreaming about my next meal (or dessert).
Hello! I’m Arianna, from San Jose, CA. I’m majoring in Politics and minoring in Computer Science. I’m also on the Pomona-Pitzer women’s tennis team (go Sagehens!), which means that I’m pretty much perpetually in #activewear and questionably sweaty, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Around campus, you can probably catch me trying not to fall asleep in class, power walking to practice, or eating copious amounts of food at the dining halls.
Hey everyone! I’m Alison, and I hail from the beautiful city of Hong Kong, and I’m super pumped to live the SoCal life. I am currently undecided on my major (eeeeek) but nonetheless, I am interested in History, FGSS (feminist, gender and sexuality studies), Spanish and Environmental Analysis. On campus, you can find me practicing with the 5C Field Hockey team, trying out the food at all the 5C Dining Halls, attempting to play a semi-pleasant sound on the alto saxophone in Thatcher or chilling with my awesome sponsor group!
I’m Madeleine, an International Relations major from the Seattle area. When I’m not in classes, I lead a creative writing program for elementary school students, work at the Office of Study Abroad, lead On The Loose outdoor trips, raise succulents, and linger at breakfast for many hours. While I’ll be blogging about my senior year experience, check out my past blog posts for information about being a sponsor, studying abroad, art installations, doing fieldwork in China, and more!
I’m Cynthia, a (potential) Chemistry/Molecular Biology/Public Policy Analysis major (I know I’m all over the place). I was born in Guatemala but was raised in Los Angeles for most of my life. My passions include coming up with cheesy pickup lines, munching on grapes, and drawing doodles on the edges of my notebooks. You can find me walking backwards as a tour guide, stage managing for The Green Room, and crafting random things at the Hive. I love bringing smiles to people’s faces, so if you ever see me around campus, you can bet I’ll smile at you in hopes that you’ll smile back!
Home brewer. Undergraduate student: Public Policy & Politics. Spouse. Parent. Marine Corps Veteran. Transman. LGBTQIA Advocate. Part time Admissions Ambassador. Proponent of higher education. Sagehen.
Hello—I’m Feather! I’m an English/Politics double major from Monrovia, California (a cozy and somewhat obscure little suburb of Los Angeles). I’m currently studying abroad at the University of Cambridge, where I spend most of my time falling in love with cathedrals, getting lost in the tangled mess of winding streets, and appreciating the vast expanses of green (although I do miss the squirrels on Marston Quad). Things that make me happy (Europe edition): good Spotify playlists on long train rides, constellations on clear nights, and stray cats that solicit tummy rubs.
I’m Jeff from St. Louis, Missouri. I’m a media studies major and theatre minor who is also completing the English Department’s creative writing emphasis. My favorite movie, Good Will Hunting, played an embarrassingly large role in my decision to major in the media studies film/video production track. I’m a Dear-Evan-Hansen-obsessed improv nerd who loves acting in student and Theatre Department shows at Pomona. I like to play IM (intramural) basketball, but it likes to play me, too. I’m also a Theatre Department Liaison. Some of my role models are Zach Woods, Rashida Jones, and Saul Bellow.
I’m Eric, a Math and Politics double major from Chicago. When I’m not in class, you can find me running on the track, tutoring math, doing improv with friends, or leading tours. Sometimes I also lead kids (fellow college students) on outdoors trips and plan math events as a Liaison. There’s nothing I love more than smiling and making others smile (other than maybe Frary dining hall).
Hey, it’s Eisen, and I’m majoring in Mathematics. I grew up in Central Valley, CA and attended a high school where right across grew acres and acres of grapevines and almond trees. I am passionate about food and naps, as well as having nice (or not so nice) discussions and debates with friends and just people in general. I like to go to the gym and look for my abs, I would rather be more overdressed up for an occasion than underdressed, and I enjoy making bets I know I’ll win. Around campus, you can catch me running away from Japanese beetles that can’t help but run into you because they are blind, find me in awkward, random encounters with genuinely cool people but not close enough to call friends, and see me eating alone at a dining hall because, yes I need my alone time and no, I don’t care what you think.
I’m a freelance writer and blogger from Pakistan. I am obsessed with: legal thrillers, chai and poetry. I’m currently studying Economics and English.
What’s the word? I’m Shayn, a Pomona student from the Lou (a.k.a Saint Louis, Missouri). I put on my resume that I’m a computer science major, but my midterms could care less. I enjoy slang, chiefing (relaxing) with friends, and throwing stones at the windows of the system of institutionalized oppression (look this up yourself), but usually you can find me taking photos, writing somewhat aloof poems, and running around the 5Cs as apart of PPTF (track and field). And to answer your question: Yes, I intend to have fun on this blog, and no, I do not care.
I’m Jolo, from Manila, Philippines. After a year and a half of indecision, I’ve decided to major in history. I am an international student mentor, a tenor for One Night Stanza (an a cappella group), an opinions columnist for The Student Life (TSL) newspaper, and an intern for API Equality LA (a nonprofit advocating for Asian/Pacific Islander LBGTQ+ justice). Catch me spending embarrassing amounts of Flex on potato chips, wearing striped sweaters, and posting on Facebook groups about my lost ID.
What’s up! I’m Toran. I plan on majoring in Economics with a minor in Philosophy. I grew up in New Orleans, LA and attended a historic, Catholic high school where I played sports and did Speech & Debate. I love people and am (almost) always happy. Two of my most passionate interests are (1) having discussions with people and (2) Japan, or, more generally, cultures outside of America. You can catch me around campus running like Naruto, frantically going to an event, or causally hanging with friends. P.S. I really love Tupac Shakur and Michael Jackson, and many other models, as they’ve shaped the way I develop my own personal thoughts and opinions.
I’m Ethen, and I like jumping in puddles and throwing rocks at trees. I’ve been to over fifty donut shops throughout the country, and I used to know how to double dutch. Pomona is the most charming, challenging, weird, and wonderful place that I know, and I pay homage to it by throwing rocks in puddles and jumping in trees. Also, I study chemistry.
I transferred from Riverside City College, where I accumulated four Associates Degrees in the humanities and one in fine arts. I major in English and dabble in politics and corporeal mime. I am most commonly spotted scribbling into an all-weather notebook at all events. You can find my work in obscure literary magazines, as well as at the National Endowment for the Humanities and in the Claremont Journal of Law and Public Policy.
Hi y’all. I’m Diana, a rising senior here at Pomona. I was born in Tecalitlan, Jalisco, Mexico but have been raised in the beautiful city of Chicago since the year 2000. I am a Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) major minoring in Chicanx Latinx Studies. You can catch me working at the Coop Fountain, blasting Latinx Music, or at Star 47 talking to alums and fundraising. I am a Co-President for Latinx Alliance, so if anyone is interested in joining the community feel free to attend our events and community meetings! My favorite color is blue (trust me, you can definitely tell as I am always wearing something blue), and I love Pikachu. I have about 7 pikachu items and my water bottle essentially reflects me.
Hello, I’m Libby Rose, a SoCal native and a rising senior majoring in Neuroscience and Dance. I love the intersection between the two–how our brains perceive art in the form of movement. I am a thesis student in Professor Parfitt’s lab, conducting research in Alzheimer’s disease, and I work as Head Tour Guide for the Admissions Office and as a Neuroscience Liaison for the Neuroscience Department. I lead an OA trip every year for incoming first years, and I also love to bake Challah for a 5C club Challah for Hunger. In my spare time, I absolutely love dancing and performing with my 5C hip hop crew, Groove Nation. Go Sagehens!
Hailing from the Washington, D.C. metro area, I am your go-to blogger for posts that aren’t supposed to be about food but somehow end up being about food. When I am not giving tours, writing blog posts, or eating in one of the 7 dining halls we have access to, I like to read assignments for my friends’ classes (and sometimes my own), get excited about intersectionality, ref intramural soccer games, explore the great outdoors, and play Mario Kart.
Hello world! I’m Kyra Sanborn, also known as the pun-loving and Netflix-binging Sanbo of the swimming clan. I am majoring in Economics and minoring in Media Studies–with the occasional computer science course mixed in. This summer and fall I will be exploring new waters, hoping to find Nemo in the land down under! My Melbourne study abroad program runs from July until November, so I’ve made quite the bucket list for my several months in Australia (bonus points for traveling to New Zealand and Southeast Asia!). I’m excited for my first time outside of the U.S., but I am just as excited to report back to my beloved sagehens at home. So cheers, mates!
I’m Camille, from Rockford, Illinois and self-proclaimed Queen of Snacks. I tell everyone I’m majoring in Economics, but honestly, who knows? In terms of intellectual pursuits, I like creating artwork related to body image, diversity, and/or the female figure. My other interests include making people laugh through comics, joking about postmodernism, gorging on Asian food, and watching cartoons instead of practicing my Chinese. If you see me biking on campus, please get out of the way as I am terrible at steering and might accidentally run you over.
I’m Lauren, a Public Policy Analysis (PPA)/Bio major from Houston, TX. If you’re like me and try to avoid the cold at all costs, Pomona just might be the right college for you. On campus, you can catch me chasing after every dog I see, coordinating blood drives for 5C Red Cross, or making a fool of myself on the squash courts. I habitually spend my days listening to podcasts and deciding between getting hot or iced coffee.
Hi! I’m Eron (ear-in), and I’m a music major from Decatur, Georgia. This semester, I’m busy writing the beginnings of my music theory thesis. I’m also a pianist, and I play the oboe in the Pomona College Orchestra and Band. Outside music, I like studying foreign languages and taking the occasional philosophy course. I’m a talkative introvert (small-group-vert?), a feminist, a family gal, a cat person, and a precocious curmudgeon. When I have free time, I spend it chatting, playing board games or D&D with friends, going on walks, drinking alarming quantities of fruit juice, road-tripping across the continent, lifting weights, and/or baking. I’ll be blogging mostly about thesis struggles, music life, and my senior experience.
Hello! I’m Sophia, and I’m a senior from the Bay Area studying Cognitive Science and Computer Science. At Pomona, I’ve had the opportunity to deepen my passion for student government and the performing arts by serving as Associated Students of Pomona College (our student government, aka ASPC) VP of Academic Affairs and Senior Class President, serving as the music director of my 5C a cappella group, performing in various chamber music and solo recitals, and dancing with the Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company. I couldn’t have chosen a better place to grow intellectually, artistically, emotionally, and socially, and, through this blog, I strive to share what I’ve learned.
I’m Rory, an International Relations major from Minneapolis, Minnesota. During the school year, I play football, am a part of Kappa Delta Fraternity and Building Leaders on Campus (BLOC) while working as a head mentor for the Indigenous Peer Mentoring Program (IPMP)! Outside of that, I’m always on the hunt for the best taco in Los Angeles, watching University of Oklahoma football (Go Sooners!), or watching the sunset over the San Gabriel Mountains.
Hey everyone, it’s Nick! I was born and raised in Chicago, but I only like dealing with snow for the X-mas aesthetic and decided that 2,000 miles to the west was where I was meant to end up. After unnecessarily difficult deliberation throughout my first year, I’m finally planning to major in International Relations. Outside of the classroom, you’ll find me on Strehle track as a sprinter for the Pomona-Pitzer Track & Field team, a member of QuestBridge, a 1st-year sponsor and (Office of Black Student Affairs) OBSA mentor. Although, to be honest, you’re more likely to find me gazing at those beautiful San Gabriel mountains than anything else.
Hey, friends! I’m Jordan, and I’m from San Francisco, California. (For those of you from the Bay, I’m from the city – with the Snapchat filter and everything!) I’m majoring in Linguistics and Cognitive Science (on the linguistics track), but I’m on track to double major in Politics as well. When I’m not making a nighttime run to Half & Half (this is not a sponsored message) or in the middle of a six hour drive to a mock trial tournament, you might find me on campus wasting time in the LingCogSci lounge in Edmunds, singing along to Disney songs (or at least attempting to), or holed up in my room binge-watching my current TV addiction (GoT, anyone?).
Hello! This is April Xiaoyi Xu, and I’m planning to major in Politics/IR and minor in Spanish. On campus, you can find me hosting the Oldenborg Luncheon Colloquiums, editing articles for various publications (Claremont Port Side, Journal of Law and Pulic Policy, and the Keck Journal), furiously writing my own blog posts for off-campus publications (hopefully at least a couple of days before they are due), planning the next speakers series, newscasting for KSPC, contradancing, working for the Communications Office, and sharing some fun moments with friends (often by hunting down the best food across the 5Cs).
Hi everyone! I come from Singapore, a city-state/island in Southeast Asia with amazing food and less amazing weather (think 95% humidity). I spend more time than necessary arguing with my friends about how cold it is in Claremont, and subduedly scrolling through Instagram photos of food from home. I am an International Relations major, with a focus on the Political Economy of Development, and have done work with both the IR and Economics department (as a liaison/mentor). Outside of classes, I run around most with the international community, the #DraperTeam and the dance community. I think a lot about being in/between two places and about inequality/social mobility.