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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.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria and raised in Perris, California, I’m an aspiring public servant and prospective double major in Politics and Economics. After high school in a military academy, I came to Pomona with the intention of acquiring tools to uplift marginalized communities within the United States. I have been a mentor at Pomona High School through Young Men’s Circle and am an active member of the Claremont Community Action Network. I enjoy playing volleyball on the Claremont Colleges club team and am currently developing a podcast that incorporates immersive fictional narratives through high production sound design.
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.
I’m Myles. As of now, I plan on majoring in mathematics with a minor in economics. I’m from Vineland, New Jersey, but I attended an all-boys Episcopal school in Southeastern Pennsylvania for six years. I’ve been at Pomona for a few months now, enough so I can say that I’m a big fan of California. You can find me chilling in Harwood Lounge, studying by Skyspace, or grinding away in Millikan.
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).
Born in Mexico City, Geralidine is a QuestBridge Match, first-gen, DACA-mented Sagehen. She loves to dance salsa and play tennis (only occasionally at the same time). When not in class, she can be found out and about eating cookies, slyly picking the beautiful Pomona flowers or re-watching episodes of The Office.
I’m Cogie (the OG)! When school is in session, I am an advisor for high school students in PAYS (Pomona College Academy for Youth Success) and a research assistant in a neuroscience lab that works with the neuronal mechanisms of decision-making behavior in C. elegans to name a few things. On the quirkier side, if you want to catch me around campus, I am an avid partaker in frequent volleyball games with friends on Marston Quad, a culprit of playing my ukulele & singing with my dorm windows open, a regular at Pendleton Pool, and a dad to my orchids and succulents from the Claremont Farmer’s Market!
My name is Daphne, and I am a member of the class of 2022 from Oklahoma City! I have not yet decided on a major, but I am leaning toward math. I can often be found inhaling coffee ice cream at Bert & Rocky’s, studying in one of the many sunny, outdoor spaces on campus, or trolling for dogs to pet on Marston Quad (I’m holding my “puppy” Petey in this photo). In my free time, I love taking yoga classes at Claremont Yoga and going to interesting talks held at the 5Cs.
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.
Hi! I’m Jacinta, from Hong Kong. As a typical Pomona student, I’m undecided–in my case, between pursuing a major in Politics or History. In addition to being a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Tennis Team, I’ve been involved with the Pomona College Academy for Youth Success College Advising Program and The Student Life, the Claremont Colleges’ student newspaper. While studying history and governments are among my many passions, I also love conducting chemistry experiments, taking photos, diving through French literature, and fighting for children’s rights. When I’m not in the classroom or on the court, I’m probably out enjoying the warm Southern California sun, capturing Claremont sunsets with my camera, exploring the Village, or seeking out the best meal from one of the seven 5C dining halls with friends.
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!
Hey! I’m Dakota. I was born in Las Vegas but grew up in Kansas before eventually finding my way to Pomona. Here, you can find me in the basement of Thatcher playing piano, in the stacks of Honnold-Mudd working, or around campus jogging and listening to my favorite podcasts. My favorite hobbies I’ve picked up since coming here are knitting, baking bread, ballroom dancing, and lifting. I’m a prospective Computer Science major and Russian minor, interested in science and technology public policy. Fun facts: I’m the 9th of 10 kids in my family and my paternal grandparents’ 100th grandchild.
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!
Coming off of a gap year in Ecuador, Danny is a head baker with Claremont Challah. You can find him baking in the back of Frary dining hall and contaminating the bread by excessively tasting the dough. He is involved in a myriad of progressive political groups, from the local College Community Action Network (CCAN) to J Street U, and helped flip the nearest Orange County district blue in November 2018 (#teamGil). When not changing his major each week, Danny loves to gorge on the incredible vegetarian options here on campus.
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.
My name is Daniel Garcia, and I initially came in as a Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) major but fell in love with Biology while trying to take classes for my area requirements. I’m from Gulfport, MS but grew up across the New Orleans area. I plan on going into human resources consulting after Pomona, helping firms address issues of diversity and inclusion in their workforce. Coming to Pomona was a huge shock for me, simply because I’ve never been in an environment like it before. The divide in knowledge between my classmates and I, the demographic differences, and the distance between me and my family were all big hurdles my first year, but by using resources like the mentoring programs and the Queer Resource Center, and relying on the First-Generation/Low-Income community here, I’ve been able to adapt to Pomona and take advantage of the opportunities it has to offer.
An Art major and Media Studies minor, Alicia hails from Deep South Texas and is more than happy to soak in the Cali weather. When she is not studying, she is creating art, practicing photography, editing, managing her online art presence, and finding various outlets to practice creativity. Besides art, she loves watching movies and TV shows, drinking and making tea/coffee, attempting to figure her life out, and making frequent trips into the Village. This year, Alicia is active on campus through working at Studio 47 and the Theatre Scene Shop, as well as serving as a FLI Mentor and President of the 5C club Claremont Splash. She likes to say she has the “Artist’s Eye” so feel free to ask her what she sees around campus!
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).
I’m Calder, a Gender & Women’s Studies major from rural Kansas. In addition to my major, I’m also on the Pre-Med track, and I hope to go into reproductive health. When I’m not reading gender theory or running experiments in the chemistry labs, you can find me going for runs, reading on the quad, or exploring the area around Claremont.
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.
A Seattle native, amateur barber and aspiring journalist, I serve as the president of the Muslim Students Association of the Claremont Colleges and am on the board of the Pomona Student Union. My dream job? Producer for National Public Radio.
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.
Hello! I am a member of the Pomona-Pitzer baseball team and KSPC radio and am an aspiring media studies and philosophy major. Coming from the Northeast (Andover, MA), I knew I’d be in love with the SoCal weather, but I didn’t realize that I’d also fall in love with the diverse and intellectually curious community that I’ve found here at Pomona.
Hey, I’m Rohan. I’m from Chicago, Illinois, but my family recently moved to California (are they following me?). I intend on majoring in Physics and Mathematics, and I’ve definitely enjoyed my time at Pomona thus far, whether it’s been sitting on the Quad, skating around campus, or working in Millikan.
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.
Kensi is a Public Policy Analysis & Economics major with a Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies minor who is interested in theatre and acting. You can find her watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine, STILL getting lost on campus, and buying chicken rice bowls at the Coop Fountain. She loves to travel and is planning to study abroad in Korea and Chile!
Heyo! I’m Chris, from a small town in central Pennsylvania. I enjoy the occasional existential crisis, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’m undecided about what to major in and love learning a little bit about everything in classic liberal arts fashion. I lead a relatively uninteresting life, but you can catch me jamming to music in my room, playing guitar or writing when I’m not doing work. Let’s grab a meal when you’re here!
Hello, my name is Magali. I was born in Cameroon and raised in Silver Springs, Maryland (D[M]V). Im the youngest of five children, so I basically have six parents—that, combined with my Capricorn energy, makes me the mom of most of my friend groups. I don’t know if I went to college for the right reasons (if there are “right” reasons), but I think I’m completing college for some good ones: I’m here to strengthen the lovely relationships I’ve made, learn until my brain is bursting at the seams, and eventually help support my family. In all that, I seek little else but growth and self-actualization—but as of now, I’m still a bit of a mess and a work in progress.
Hello, I’m Max! I was born in Washington, D.C. but grew up on a pig farm in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. I’ve been a decided International Relations major since high school, and you can find me in Mason Hall for just about every class. I love learning languages and watching old movies, so if you know anything about Casablanca, here’s looking at you, kid. If you ever have a question about Middle Eastern politics but also sustainable farming at the same time, I’m your guy.
Blake Plante ’19 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.
Hi! I’m David, an International Relations major from Greensboro, North Carolina. I’m a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Golf Team, and, in my spare time, I usually watch The Office, play NBA 2K, or browse through Facebook Marketplace. You can usually find me at Frank Brunch in line for an omelette!
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.
Hi everyone! I’m Marie. I am a North Atlanta-native, born to two West African immigrants. I am also a prospective Cognitive Science & Africana Studies major with a Computer Science minor. You can usually see me at the Main Services desk at the Honnold-Mudd library, Collins dining hall, or at ITS as an HPC Support Employee. I am also a FLI (First Generation, Low Income) and OBSA (Office of Black Student Affairs) mentor. I also have my own social justice blog on medium.com!
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.
Born in Antwerp, Belgium, Elias is majoring in Politics and Economics. He had never seen a strip mall before coming to Claremont and continues to be perplexed by the sheer number of them present in the Inland Empire. When not expressing surprise at LA’s lack of urban planning, Elias can be found at Frank Dining Hall (his #1 forever), the Career Development Office’s Keurig machine, or somewhere in LA.
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.
Hi! My name is Becky. I grew up in (relatively-suburban) Hong Kong, although my parents are from Shanghai, and I spent my high school years at a small boarding school in Massachusetts. I’m currently thinking about studying English and Computer Science, and I love to read, write, watch movies, and play music in my free time. On campus, I’m an editor for the 5C literary magazine and an underground music DJ at the college radio station, KSPC. I’ve learned so much at Pomona, both in the classroom and out, exploring different nooks in and around the 5Cs (the Motley Coffeehouse at Scripps is a favorite) and in L.A. with friends.
In her youth, Laura ran for the Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Cross Country team, fed chickens at the Organic Farm, took drum lessons from a professor with four Grammys, and attended multiple corgi beach days. She may have peaked then! Going into senior year, Laura has completed 27 of the “47 Things Every Sagehen Should Do Before They Graduate.” She plans on spending her last year at Pomona topping off the list and hanging out with friends before they all have to leave the nest together!