From Hiding in My Room to Being a Student Leader in the Draper Center

Selena and friends in the classroom
By Selena Lopez ‘22 Back in the year 2018 (seems far away, doesn’t it?), I came across a Facebook post asking for someone to lead a tour for a group of first-generation, low-income students visiting the Draper Center, the center for community service at Pomona. Being a fellow first-gen, low income student, I  thought it would be fun to show them around my school. Did I know ...
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Deciding How to Spend My Time

By Chris Meng '23 My first semester at Pomona College finished not too long ago, and it absolutely flew by. I realized that there are some small but significant distinctions between college and high school. For example, there is no detention for being late. Nobody will chase you around to turn in your work, go eat food or even get out of bed. Professors might send a concerne...
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Falling in Love … With a Guitar

My battle vest, covered with patches of bands I like, baseball teams, and art made by me and my friends
By Tristan Latham ‘23 Music has always played a large role in my life. I’ve played electric guitar since I was in 1st grade and have always loved classic rock and heavy metal. When I came to Pomona, I knew I would continue to follow these interests but with the greater access of the college I wanted to do a little more. Since I’ve gotten here, I have been able to redi...
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Learning to Love Los Angeles

art in desert
By Elias van Emmerick ‘21 Pomona’s lack of name recognition is a bit of a running gag at the Claremont Colleges. Students love to joke about how their friends think they go to “Paloma,” “Panama,” or “Pavlova” College. We can point at the Forbes 2015 Best Colleges #1 ranking all we want, but Harvard we are not. Now imagine what “Pomona College” means to a 14-year old Belgi...
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The Beautiful Flexibility of a Small(ish) School

Chris Meng with his admit letter
By Chris Meng ‘23 Pomona College has all the amazing perks of a small school without sacrificing the overwhelming variety of resources of a bigger college. If it weren’t for the flexibility and spirit of exploration built into the values of Pomona, I wouldn’t be here today as a first-year student. Let me tell you about my winding path to Pomona. To begin, I wasn’t accepte...
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From Cornfields to Palm Trees

pig farm
By Max Ober ‘22 No one’s story at Pomona is the same. Hailing from across the country and across the world, we’re a really diverse group of students that have in common a desire to enrich our education and broaden our horizons. I absolutely love hearing other people’s stories, their backgrounds, and what brought them here. My story fits in among some of the weirder, niche ba...
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The Claremont Community

Daphne at Bert & Rocky's
By Daphne Chapline '22 One rainy Sunday morning, I was walking back to campus from a yoga class at Claremont Yoga when I heard someone yell, “Daphne, wait!” I turned around and saw a staff member of Bert and Rocky’s, an ice cream shop in the Claremont Village. I ran inside the shop, she handed me some pumpkin bread and said “Here, on me!” As I ate my pumpkin bread, I chatted...
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A Letter for Incoming Black Students, from a Black Student

By Ebere Amadi '22 It was a 47-minute car ride from my house to Pomona College on Move-In Day, August 25th, 2018. I drove down the 60 freeway with a car full of family, luggage, and Frank Ocean’s nostalgic tunes. As the familiar melodies of Ivy and Nights boomed through my speakers, I almost cried as Frank beautifully sang “we’ll never be those kids again” because it was tru...
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First-Year Tips on Surviving Pomona College

Frary dining hall
By Myles Ashitey ‘22 Being here for almost a full academic year, I am starting to feel comfortable amongst students and faculty alike. Not to sound overconfident, but I’m 90% sure that I know almost all the ins and outs of Pomona College. Whether I’ve experienced it myself or heard it through upperclassmen, I know what jobs to find, what dining halls to eat at, what activiti...
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My First Year at Pomona: Seven Things I’m Grateful For

faces of friends looking down
By Becky Zhang ‘22   A few days ago, my best friend (who took Intro to Psychology and had many a fun fact to share with me throughout the semester) shared that gratitude was an effective remedy for all sorts of maladies. She dropped some statistics on the scientifically-proven benefits of practicing gratitude: an extra half-hour of sleep, and so on. Whether or not th...
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