The Writing Center: Pomona’s Peer-Powered Model

Writing Center sign
By Sarah Binau '19 When I was in high school, asking for help with writing meant you were a bad writer. It is (unfortunately) commonplace to be taught that some people are good writers and others are bad writers. But the truth is that everyone starts with a blank page and a wondering mind. When I started college, I thought of myself as a good writer because I’d done well ...
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A Summer in the Land of the Midnight Sun

By Sarah Binau ‘19 It’s July 1st, and I’m on an Alaska Airlines jet headed to Bethel, Alaska, to work for the town’s Cultural Center and live with a Pomona friend. I land on Bethel’s only runway in a 50-degree drizzling rain. “Remote” and “rural” begin to take on new meanings. The town of 6,000 has one main road (warped by the melting permafrost below), a gallon of orange ju...
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The Consortium: Pomona’s Community in Claremont

By Sarah Binau '19 Pomona wouldn’t be Pomona without the Claremont Consortium. The collaboration and sharing of diverse ideas, beliefs, and approaches to education that comes with working so closely with the other schools makes Pomona’s participation in the 5C system integral to what it means to be a Sagehen. Pomona’s home in the Claremont Consortium sets it apart from ot...
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Feeding Body and Soul

By Sarah Binau ‘19 As I look forward to my fourth and final year at Pomona, I realize how many wonderful, invigorating, and often strange adventures Los Angeles and its neighbors have offered me these past three years. I have been fed—literally and figuratively—in more ways than I can count. Here is a brief, by no means exhaustive, list of ways I’ve kept my body and soul ful...
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Exploring Beaches, Live Music and More Off Campus

By Sarah Binau '19 My three years at Pomona have given me the chance to enjoy the city, the coast, the desert, and the mountains in more ways than I could have imagined before coming here. Here is a summary of my favorites in the genres of beaches, improv, outdoor adventures and live music. Let’s go to the beach, beach, let’s go get away! Leo Carrillo State Park is the...
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City of Angels Traffic

By Sarah Binau '19 Pomona loves to tell prospective students that it offers the best of both worlds: a tight-knit, small-campus liberal arts college, just a stone’s through from one of the US’s biggest metropolitan areas. Los Angeles is a sprawl of a city that includes beaches, high-rises, famous media sites, towering mountains, and an arid desert climate. From tacos to the ...
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“You’re a Cog Sci major? What’s that?”

By Sarah Binau '19 I came to Pomona thinking I wanted to study Psychology, English, or History: the subjects I enjoyed in high school. I took an upper-division Psych class my first semester, having passed through the introductory course from an AP credit. I loved the class, and I liked the other Psych majors I met in the course. But, even though I loved it, I felt I was miss...
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Oceanía Es un Continente?

By Sarah Binau '19 I was in my Spanish class at the public university (La Universidad de Chile) in Santiago, the sprawling, smoggy city at the foot of the Andes in the noodle-like country of Chile. Our professor, Claudia, paused during the lesson and remarked that our class had representatives from every continent. My classmates were a global mix: Brazilian, Japanese, Portug...
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