6 Truths Non-Californians Should Know About Socal Weather

As someone from Illinois, Socal weather is definitely not what I was expecting it to be. I was under the impression that it'd be sunny every day, and that the weather would be fabulous, but that was a bit off... 1) Everything is sooo brown This is SOMEWHAT related to the weather because of the drought. In August, when I was on the way to my hotel, I remember being disappo...
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5 High-Stress Moments all Awkward Language Learners Know (Oldenborg Lunch)

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When I came to Pomona, I was determined to learn Chinese. First semester was super rough. Whenever it was my turn to read something aloud in class, I was embarrassed and flustered. So imagine how even more embarrassed and flustered I would be in conversations. (Un)luckily for me, language learners must eat at the Oldenborg Dining Hall a certain amount of times each semester, an...
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Finding Family in First-Year Seminar

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If you ask first years who their closest friends are, they might say something like, “Oh, my spogro is tight!” (sponsor group) or “I love everyone in my AAMP/ISMP/Quest/etc. group” or “People from my OA!” I’m sure the last thing they’d ever say is, “My ID1.” For those who don’t know, ID1 is a required writing seminar for all first-years. In Fall 2015, course topics included J.R...
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Reflections on Body Image

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It had been a few weeks since I last shaved my legs when I first came to Pomona in August. I was nervous, excited, and worried if I would be able to handle myself here. I was definitely out of my comfort zone—2,000 miles, to be precise. So, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t shave my legs for the whole school year. My reasoning was that if I could do that, I could do an...
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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 having a bathroom all to myself, with a lock and everything, 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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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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On Shaking my Tail Feathers and Empowerment

As you know from my first post, I am severely uncoordinated. Despite my tragic condition, I continue to follow my dream: to become a Korean pop star. Now, I can’t exactly speak Korean much less sing it—actually, I can’t sing at all—so I figured that all I can work on for now is the dance moves. Thus, I joined the 5C K-Pop Dance Club. I learned to shake my tail feathers (because...
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Life as an Uncoordinated Bicyclist

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There are many different ways people use to get from Point A to Point B on campus. Many people use longboards (and look rightfully cool while doing so). I’ve also seen roller blades, a Segway, the handle-less version of a Segway that I don’t know the name of, and these wheels you straight up put on the soles of your shoes that I also don’t know the name of. Most people walk—but...
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