Being Hawaiian in Claremont: Reflections from a Student from the 50th State

Aloha! My name is Chandler Bridgman, and I am a first-year student from the island of Oahu in the State of Hawaii. As you would imagine, my transition to Pomona and the city of Claremont has been exciting. Although the much drier climate and less lush environment are very different from my home across the sea, there are many similar cultural experiences both on and off campus. ...
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Loss as a College Student

Grammie and her fav grandchild Kyra
I've never been one to stay sad. It's not that I haven't had the occasional minor emotional breakdown (thanks, first year Chemistry) or fictional-character-related sobbing fit (in fact, I probably have had more than my fair share by now). It's just that being sad was just so much more exhausting than pulling myself together and sucking it up. The transition never seemed so d...
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5 Weird Bathroom Things I Do at College that I Never Had to Worry About at Home

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Since coming back to campus, I've once again had to get used to communal bathrooms. I no longer have the luxury of having a bathroom all to myself, with a lock and everything, where I can sit on the toilet scrolling through my phone for hours on end. After much reflection, here are the top 5 (only 5?) weird bathroom things I do at college that I never had to worry about at home...
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A First-Year’s Reflection on Happiness

I’m going to be real with you, folks: college has been hard. I've had to face new challenges living away from home, adapting to college academic expectations, and most importantly, redefining my own happiness in a new environment. There were definitely times when I questioned whether I belonged at Pomona, and whether I would be able to call it my new home. Though I have come a ...
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Thriving as a Student (Leader)

The cuties of Wig 2 North during lunch on Move-In Day!
spon·sor noun. 1. A sophomore who lives in a first-year hall throughout the year with 1 or 2 co-sponsors and 15 to 18 first-year students, with the objective of easing the transition to college by creating a safe and welcoming living environment. 2. Just another struggling student trying to make it in the world. As I approach the close of fall semester of my second year a...
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A First Year’s Time Capsule

Taking on UCSD on our home field at Scripps!
I have officially finished the first half of the semester. My impressions of Pomona are fresh, and I would be lying if I said I felt completely at ease here. Being an international student, living in America is something I’m still not used to. Being at college, my new independence can feel overwhelming at times, and I am not yet sure how I will be able to call Pomona my new ...
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Five Things I Never Thought I’d Miss While Abroad

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Monday’s commute was the most typical commute I’ve had yet. Almost got nailed by a motorcycle on the way to the metro (classic Monday). Took the longer, scenic route to class, but the metro was backed up and I ended up late (classic Monday). But when the metro stopped unexpectedly over the Seine, instead of groaning, I snapped this picture. Yep, classic Monday. Paris co...
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Pomona: School is Cool!

Kindergarten version of me...
I like the expression “Too cool for school”, but school can also be "cool." At least that’s what the kindergarten version of myself thought: school doesn't just mean classes, but also an interesting amalgam of academics, extracurriculars, fun events, etc. As I grew up, the elements that formed my perception of “school” have increasingly complemented each other well (for example...
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California Appreciation, via Summer in New York City

I love New York. I realized this after I returned from visiting a friend in D.C. and was hit by an intense wave of comfort and relief upon stepping off my bus and into the familiar Manhattan streets. This city has managed to worm its way into my heart. I love so many things about it. From the museums to the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park to the efficient public transpor...
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Making Money, Then Spending It on Fruit Juice

When the kitchen is all the way down the hall, you have to use your resources for baking
Here I am, almost halfway through my summer project already! Time flies here on campus, especially with not as many students around and no homework to do. My research has progressed to its intermediate stages, and summer living is settling into somewhat of a routine. I’m managing to pick up some extra odd jobs here and there on top of my SURP stipend, so my finances are loo...
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