Diving Right In

"Get out of your comfort zone! Try new things!" I've always thought of these tired phrases as the most generic pieces of college advice, not one of those useful gems like "buy a lot of underwear so that you can maximize time between loads of laundry" or "don't take an 8 AM class." However, in the last couple weeks, I really have tried something completely new. I started diving....
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Seal Beach

On The Loose (OTL) is Pomona’s outdoorsy club that helps students access mountains and canyons and deserts and all sorts of other nature-like places.  I, admittedly, don’t know a great deal about OTL, because I’ve never joined one of their trips before (and this will become yet another resource I’ll miss when I graduate that I didn’t milk to its full advantage.)  That said, I’m...
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Gym Adventures

We’re two weeks into the spring semester, and it still feels pretty new.  At this point I could go on into how it’s my last semester at Pomona, etc etc, but I won’t.  Instead I will tell you about how even in my last semester there are still things at Pomona that are new for me.  Case in point: the weight room at the gym. (more…)
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Bad at Badminton and Other Revelations of the New Semester

Ahhh, so here we are again.  Another semester has begun and with it comes new classes, new professors, new sleep schedules, and of course a stocked up pantry in my dorm (though I'll admit, it has only been a week and the amount of food in my room is already way less than a week ago).  Even though the semester is still young, I have already learned several things. First, to p...
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“Students are required to pass one physical education activity course during their first year at the College”

One of Pomona College's graduation requirements forces students to pass one physical education activity course during their first year here. This really scared me before I got to Pomona. Other than marching band, which didn't count as PE at my high school, I'd never taken sport in my life. I remember random people joining the tennis team at my high school, so I thought I'd t...
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Zumba Ayy, Zumba Ahh!

"There are no mess-ups in zumba, only solos" In the hectic chaos of the school week it is hard to find time for myself. Between homework, mentor sessions, labs, meals, meetings and chats with my friends, free time is a hot, and very sparse commodity.  One thing that I always love to do in my free time is exercise.  Last year, especially during first semester, I was still mot...
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Diver Down

What other time than college is the best to try new things?  Well, maybe as a kid, but beside that, none!  I took this idea to the max this semester, enrolling in a majority of non-science classes (a first for me) and a boatload of PE classes, one of them being Beginning SCUBA, offered through CMC.  Another one was Beginning Backpacking, for which we go on our final exam--a thr...
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Less Cage, More Rage

So last night in my attempt to find something to do on the 5Cs that didn't involve feigning Catholicism or ramming Coop food down my throat, I stumbled upon an apparent CMC tradition entitled "Rage in the Cage."  Although I'm not sure if this was an ADAA-sanctioned event, the format and rules of the tournament seemed quite similar to the movie I'm referencing with the use of AD...
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Another Kind of Athlete

Most of you probably watched the Olympics this summer.  Or, if you’re like me, you spent many days in front of NBC, slowly becoming a couch potato while watching the greatest athletes in the world.  However, something that NBC generally doesn’t show but that I was determined to watch was the Paralympics (which ended in London today). The Paralympics, as you may know, are...
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