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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Blank Narratives p.1 \_(ツ)_/

{ Disclaimer: Some of you may read this and think: "I don't see the problem with what Mr.Nicepsychologist wrote. He must have some validity right, ma?" Words to which Ma will respond: "Correct my sweet, he is right indeed." If that is your reaction to this, then I implore you to open your mind and get ready for a wild ride. }   While doing research for ...
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Reflections on Body Image

It had been a few weeks since I last shaved my legs when I first came to Pomona in August. I was nervous, excited, and worried if I would be able to handle myself here. I was definitely out of my comfort zone—2,000 miles, to be precise. So, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t shave my legs for the whole school year. My reasoning was that if I could do that, I could do an...
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How Posse at Pomona Changed My Life

When my roommate told me she was part of the “Miami Posse,” I hadn't yet heard of Posse. I found out that Posse Foundation is a great program that selects groups of public high school students across America to attend universities on full scholarship. These cohorts are comprised of intelligent and promising students who may be overlooked by the traditional college application...
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5 Weird Bathroom Things I Do at College that I Never Had to Worry About at Home

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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