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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Physical Education for the Physically Uncoordinated: Ping Pong

(Disclaimer: I apologize for frequently writing about my physical uncoordination. Speaking of, I got my first bike injury of the semester not that long ago. My knee was scraped pretty badly. Sad face.) I never thought P.E. in college was a thing—it seemed so…juvenile to require students to exercise. Eughh. Like, what? Can’t us physically incapable people ever get a break...
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A Night At The Opera!

Lots of people are going to choose their college based, in some part, on location. Townie charm or city bustle? And if you want a city, what reputation do you want it to have? What's going to have the cultural cachet, saying that you bumped into someone nice on a New York subway or that you drove to Graumin's Chinese and saw those tacky handprints in the cement? Do you really w...
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Let’s Thrive! Why Mental Health is Important

As a college student, there are a lot of things to juggle. Going to class, doing homework, keeping in touch with your family, exercising, checking out cool events, spending time with friends -- it's a lot to handle. On the outside, it may seem like everyone has it together, and we all end up comparing ourselves to our peers. I have certainly felt insecure when observing ...
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Love At First Barrel Vault

And the third thing no one tells you when you try to transfer (don't worry, I promise this is the last one): When you find the school that works for you, you'll fall in love, often in the least expected way. I love architecture, particularly the architecture found on college campuses. You can step onto any campus in America, from my hometown's beloved Cal State Fullerton to ...
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On Shaking my Tail Feathers and Empowerment

As you know from my first post, I am severely uncoordinated. Despite my tragic condition, I continue to follow my dream: to become a Korean pop star. Now, I can’t exactly speak Korean much less sing it—actually, I can’t sing at all—so I figured that all I can work on for now is the dance moves. Thus, I joined the 5C K-Pop Dance Club. I learned to shake my tail feathers (because...
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A First Year’s Time Capsule

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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Life as an Uncoordinated Bicyclist

There are many different ways people use to get from Point A to Point B on campus. Many people use longboards (and look rightfully cool while doing so). I’ve also seen roller blades, a Segway, the handle-less version of a Segway that I don’t know the name of, and these wheels you straight up put on the soles of your shoes that I also don’t know the name of. Most people walk—but...
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