On a Serious Note: Diversity and an Eye-Opening Experience

I am not my neediness - What I Be Project
Usually I write about fun things, positivity, and innocent, overwhelmingly lighthearted observations of life, but today's post is a little different. I deviate from my typical style today to talk about the culturally and socially diverse environment around me, especially at Pomona. You see, I am very fortunate to have everything that I have and I often do not appreciate it enou...
Read More

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...
Read More

What I Didn’t Realize About Pomona Until I Went Abroad

As I'm starting my fourth month abroad in Budapest and the last month of my junior year, I'm starting to reflect on my time abroad, but also on my time back at Pomona College. I've begun to realize that leaving Pomona for a few months has made me realize a lot about the college, and I'd like to share a few of these thoughts with you. Quite a few of these are apparent but easy t...
Read More

What Pomona Isn’t

Pomona is an incredible institution, so it makes sense that so much of what you hear about it is positive. If you like to measure the worth of things in rankings, we're #8 on the Forbes national list, #5 on the U.S. News & World Report liberal arts college list, #20 on The Daily Beast's list (#1 and #7 on the "Student Life" and "Campus Quality" sublistings, respectively), a...
Read More

Resources at Pomona

Pomona always has so many great resources to offer
A new land. A new territory. A new adventure…  Everything will be new, or so it seems. I can imagine, if you are a newly admitted student, how complicated your feelings must be. You are excited, you are overwhelmed, and you are nervous as you prepare to bid farewell to your high school career and move on to college. If you are an international student, you might feel even mo...
Read More

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...
Read More

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?" ...
Read More

Freshwoman Year Pt. II: A Quick Reflection

’Tis Spring Break! My parents are here, visiting me from China. As we drive around the Golden State from SoCal to NorCal in the next few days, I (rather ambitiously) plan to read a few books, get my homework done, write some more blog entries, and get back to some of my friends (feeling guilty about not maintaing email chains during the busy academic year). A brief summa...
Read More

Developing Professional Skills as a First-Year Student (Part 2)

The Pomona chapter of the Quest Scholars Network! QuestBridge is a national organization that services low income and first generation students.
When I originally planned to write Part 2 of this series (you can find Part 1 here), I wanted to discuss more Career Development Office programs: the Pomona College Internship Program (PCIP) and the Summer Experience Funding Program. However, since I’m still in the application process for some of these programs, I thought it’d be more fitting to share how the experiences and...
Read More

Around the World in 90 Minutes

Have you ever wanted to sample cultural foods from around the world (fasnetsscherben, okonomiyaki salmorejo, bhajia za dengu, 烧卖(燒賣)... mmmm!), learn simple phrases in 10 different languages from native speakers, find out which German city suits you the best, receive a hand-written card in Spanish, and meet King Cyrus, all without worrying about travel expenses and taking too m...
Read More