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By Cheryl Yau ‘19   Whenever I am asked about what I miss most about home, I hesitate–maybe a particular food dish? Singaporeans are known to be the most “culinarily homesick” people after all. Or is it my family, my bed, or the friends whose roots are inevitably tangled with mine? After a particularly thought-provoking seminar discussion in the spring semester of my...
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Forging Transnational Identity

By Joaquin Lorenzo Labio '20 A year and a half ago, amidst roaring cheers and flashing cameras, the class of 2020 ran through Pomona College's stone gates. Of the four hundred and eleven new faces, I was the only student from the Philippines. I felt a little special, yes, but also a little lonely. I realized no one else grew up like I did: bowls of sinigang, nights of kar...
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For Prospective Students of Color

By Toran Langford ’21 First of all, no college has the perfect recipe for racial/ethnic relations. But, at the Claremont Colleges, there are support systems for students of the African Diaspora. Specifically, in my experience, the administration is happy to make adaptations to accommodate concerns. In regards to race-based concerns, Pomona has promised to increase mental hea...
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Community Engagement … More Than an Adventure

by Toran Langford '21 Just about two months ago, I left my urban home of New Orleans for the suburban community of Claremont. Upon arrival at Pomona College, I was shocked to discover that students had a drastically different mindset than where I came from. How was this possible? Is California really as liberal and progressive as the news told me? Ironically enough, just ...
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Ten Things to Look Forward to Your First Year at Pomona

Ten things to look forward to in your first year at Pomona College (in no particular order): by Jack Buyske '18 1. Fountaining What is fountaining, you ask? At some point during your first year, your sponsor group will gently lower you (read: drop you) into one of the many beautiful fountains around campus. This is traditionally done at midnight on one’s birthday, but if y...
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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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6 Truths Non-Californians Should Know About Socal Weather

As someone from Illinois, Socal weather is definitely not what I was expecting it to be. I was under the impression that it'd be sunny every day, and that the weather would be fabulous, but that was a bit off... 1) Everything is sooo brown This is SOMEWHAT related to the weather because of the drought. In August, when I was on the way to my hotel, I remember being disappo...
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5 High-Stress Moments all Awkward Language Learners Know (Oldenborg Lunch)

When I came to Pomona, I was determined to learn Chinese. First semester was super rough. Whenever it was my turn to read something aloud in class, I was embarrassed and flustered. So imagine how even more embarrassed and flustered I would be in conversations. (Un)luckily for me, language learners must eat at the Oldenborg Dining Hall a certain amount of times each semester, an...
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Finding Family in First-Year Seminar

If you ask first years who their closest friends are, they might say something like, “Oh, my spogro is tight!” (sponsor group) or “I love everyone in my AAMP/ISMP/Quest/etc. group” or “People from my OA!” I’m sure the last thing they’d ever say is, “My ID1.” For those who don’t know, ID1 is a required writing seminar for all first-years. In Fall 2015, course topics included J.R...
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“Which way to Pomona?”: One Admitted Student’s Experience

I was excited. I was going to be touring, for the first time, the place I would be spending my next four years at. After months of touring schools, writing endless supplemental essays, pouring over those massive I-dare-you-to-lift-me-with-one-hand college information textbooks, and interviewing with alumni and current students, my search was over. Pomona College had accepte...
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