The Value of the Freshman Critical Inquiry Seminar

ID1 class dinner
By Jacinta Chen ’21 Some of the best memories I have at Pomona come from ID1. What is ID1? Pomona’s Critical Inquiry Seminar, better known on campus as ID1, is a required writing and discussion-based seminar all first-years take during their first semester at the College. The approximately 30 sections are taught by faculty from across the disciplines and engage student...
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“You Can Truly Reinvent Yourself in College”

field trip to archaeology museum
By Daphne Chapline ‘22 While visiting other colleges, I was astonished to hear that, in many places, you need to know your major as soon as you apply, and students find it extremely difficult to switch majors once they have declared. As a young person, I find it scary to think that at such a formative time in our development, we have to make a (somewhat) pivotal decision abo...
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Shattering My Routine Through a Gap Year

with friends in Ecuador
By Danny DeBare ‘22 It feels weird and, to be perfectly honest, sort of pretentious. When introducing myself on campus, I constantly find myself adding “But I took a gap year!” to almost every conversation. I am a first year. But, at the same time, I’m not; I lived in Ecuador for seven months before landing at Pomona, stretching my comfort zone in a year outside the traditio...
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The Writing Center: Pomona’s Peer-Powered Model

Writing Center sign
By Sarah Binau '19 When I was in high school, asking for help with writing meant you were a bad writer. It is (unfortunately) commonplace to be taught that some people are good writers and others are bad writers. But the truth is that everyone starts with a blank page and a wondering mind. When I started college, I thought of myself as a good writer because I’d done well ...
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First-Year Blues

By Daphne Chapline '22 My parents were not ready to become empty-nesters, and this baby Sagehen was certainly not ready to leave the nest last August. I had to leave my childhood home of 18+ years, my loving parents, and friends who had become family. I had established myself in the context of my community. When I came to Pomona, I felt like I left a big part of my identity ...
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Five Reasons Why I Love Being a Pomona-Pitzer Sagehen

By Jacinta Chen '21 I held my breath as I logged into my portal and opened up the admissions committee’s decision in February of 2017. A flurry of confetti filled my phone screen. I was ecstatic that I was going to be a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Tennis Team starting that fall. My first year at Pomona whizzed past and like every other student at Pomona, I’ve bee...
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Tips for Incoming New Students (or, Mistakes I’ve Made Over the Past Three Years)

By Cheryl Yau '19 As one of the Head Mentors for the International Student Mentor Program (ISMP), I have had the opportunity to interact with many new students. Questions I’m often asked include: what would you have done differently? What do you wish you had known as a new student? Unsurprisingly, there are many things I wish someone had told me, and, with that, here is Cher...
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How Hard Is Pomona?

By Diana Rodriguez ‘19 As a summer intern in the Admissions Office who has been giving campus tours, I hear this question a lot: “how hard is Pomona?” I figure this is a question many prospective students have about Pomona, so let me attempt to answer it. The short answer is that Pomona is pretty hard. There will be tear stains on papers and tests as well as many all-nigh...
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The Bridge Between College and Home

By Nick Timms '21 My mom told me once (well, more than once) that I had two options: go to college or look for another place to call home. Naturally, I went with the first of the two choices. She knew that, following the clichéd mantra, college was the “key to success.” And I wanted to go myself. No longer having to ask her if I could go out, and being able to figure out all...
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Home

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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