Exam Survival Guide

The end of the year is always tough. Major papers, studying for exams, trying to pack up stuff and finalize summer plans – it's hectic. After surviving the exam craziness one semester, and in honor of its commencement today, I offer you a guide to getting through the last week of the year. 1. The Coop Fountain The best place to hang out and study, and to get snacks! D...
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L.A. Museum Love

It's finally spring break! After a week of midterms + misery, I finally have some time to myself, and that means sitting outside enjoying the lovely SoCal weather and writing to you, dear reader, about the stuff I've been up to.               As Daniel mentioned in his last post, Pomona does an awesome job subsi...
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Five Classes ( + Two More!)

When I was looking at colleges, I procrastinated for hours browsing the incredible variety of classes I would soon be able to take. After I was admitted to Pomona, I went through their entire catalog and made a list of every class I was interested in (I won’t tell you how long it was; suffice it to say it was more than three times the number I could ever take). So when I had so...
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Considering the Spogro Pt. II

Happy New Year (again)! This is a continuation of the previous post. My spogro is a strange bunch of people. On the surface we don't seem like a great match for each other – we're a pretty eclectic mismash of personalities, backgrounds, and plans – but in fact, most of my closest friends are in my sponsor group. One very valuable (and fun!) function of the sponsor gro...
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Considering the Spogro Pt. I

Happy New Year! As the holidays come to a close, I've been contemplating my first semester at Pomona and more specifically, inspired by my biological family, my adopted Pomona family. For the most part, at least for me, this boils down to the sponsor group. Before I came to Pomona, I didn't even realize sponsor groups were a thing. Don't ask me how, in all the resear...
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Lion King the Musical – 47 Things Trip

One of the first things you have to know about Pomona College is the number 47. The origins of this phenomenon are somewhat unclear to me, but once you know how important it is in Sagehen lore, you start noticing it everywhere. The school is totally in on this, and every year, the freshman class is challenged to complete as many things off a "47 Things to do in LA" list ...
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Masquerade

Happy November! Time's been flying past, and although I've been meaning to write about pre-Halloween festivities on campus, the holiday itself has already slipped past me (thanks to two midterms, a project, and a lab report... at least next week will be low-key). The weekend of the 26th, as the last available October weekend, was jammed with awesome stuff going on all over t...
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Fall Break, LA-Style

This past weekend, we 5C students were treated to our first break of the year. It was a blissful chance to avoid two days of school, Monday and Tuesday, and for many students an opportunity to get out of the routine of the Claremont bubble. A number of students live close enough to campus to return home on long weekends. I'm from Florida, though; going home wasn't an option....
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Day in the Life

Wake up when my alarm goes off at 7:15. Turn it off, go back to sleep, wake up at 8:00. This is pretty typical. Eat breakfast in my room (blueberry muffin and pear), do some miscellaneous work, then head off to class at 9:25. First class of the day: Introductory Genetics (Bio 040), taught by the wonderful Prof. Moore. The lecture topic: day 2 of bacteriophage and bacterial g...
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