Strengthening My Voice Amid Stress as a Rising Senior

This semester, without doubt, has been another busy yet fulfilling one. Next week, for instance, will consist of an average of one public speaking engagement (e.g. admissions panel, hosting a federal judge)/final presentation each day for me. Amid all the stress and excitement, it is not too self-indulgent for me to reflect on some of the positive experience that I have had. I ...
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Studio Time

Are you compulsive about planning? Congrats, here’s another item for your list: “Studio Time” 1) A cozy café. A notepad. A pen. Plain A4 papers. Watercolor paints. Fresh cooking ingredients. A half-empty sheet music to be completed by no one other than yourself… 2) Problem sets. Research papers. Midterm exam. Presentations. Grad school applications. The MCAT. Job intervie...
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Junior Year Semester One Reflections: Debussy, and a Memo for My Future Self

The gentle softness. A dialogue where the two of them find phrases slipping naturally out of their inner souls, flowing, overlapping with each other at times and pausing for a restful break at others… That sheer sense of indescribable serendipity and relaxation that render you speechless: a quiet observer to this brave new world where you anticipate the unknown rises and falls....
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Story of Body at 19

Yo, so I was working on another piece all week, but I got in my feels and wrote this instead. Sorry to be heavy two weeks in a row. :)   Story of Body at 19 Years A Spoken Word by Shayn Jackson Father taken at six. Returned at sixteen, And stolen at seventeen. My body is beautiful. Praying to a Savior since seven. Catching the bus since eleven. Waiting in the c...
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Student Recitals and Other Adventures

The first student recital of the 2015-2016 academic year happened on Wednesday, October 28th. It’s no secret that performance is not particularly my favorite activity and not especially my strong suit (due to stage fright and a propensity for unnecessarily dramatic facial expressions…), so I’m thoroughly pleased to report that not only did I perform in said recital, but also th...
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A Study in Bread: My First Weeks in Paris

300-year-old covered passage feat. Andrea!
A few days ago, I was eating lunch in the local boulangerie when a man came in and yelled, “Five baguettes, s’il vous plait!” Needless to say, we were all impressed. At that moment, I decided to dedicate my second blog post to my first impressions of France, using my handy-dandy baguette experience scale. One baguette: This could totally be America. Five baguettes: Vive la Fran...
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MERGED: Art & Identity

A few weeks ago, a few friends and I submitted an art project entitled MERGED to The Balcony art show. It was my first time participating in an art show at Pomona, and it was a really neat experience. (I might be overblowing my role in the project -- mostly I connected the people who thought up and designed the project, helped write the artist statement, then showed up to a...
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47 Reasons Why Pomona is a Special Place

My sponsor group at the Walker Wall painting during Orientation Week!
One of the opportunities the Office of Admissions offers first-year students is the chance to be a Student Ambassador. After you apply, eight first-year students are chosen to give tours, host prospective students, coordinate events for the tour guide and overnight host programs, and collaborate with the Office of Admissions on other projects. The tour guiding aspect of bein...
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TEDxClaremontColleges: Open to Interpretation

"Hi! Have you heard about TEDxClaremontColleges? It's a local TED conference held on March 7th!" As I was handing out palm cards for TEDxClaremontColleges, an event put on by volunteers from the 7C's (5 undergraduate schools and 2 graduate universites), I faced many hesitant hands. "Uh... yeah I think I've seen some posters around? Isn't that the videos and stuff?" ...
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The Stress of De-stressing: Events at Pomona

Finals week: when picking a de-stressing event is the most stressful aspect of trying to de-stress. The hardest part about finals isn't really those impending exams and assignments - it's all the beautiful creative performances and events that I'm missing out on when I stay in to finish a Computer Science test program (essentially a take-home midterm to program SpaceInvaders...
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