47 Reasons Why Pomona is a Special Place

My sponsor group at the Walker Wall painting during Orientation Week!
One of the opportunities the Office of Admissions offers first-year students is the chance to be a Student Ambassador. After you apply, eight first-year students are chosen to give tours, host prospective students, coordinate events for the tour guide and overnight host programs, and collaborate with the Office of Admissions on other projects. The tour guiding aspect of bein...
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Developing Professional Skills as a First-Year Student (Part 2)

The Pomona chapter of the Quest Scholars Network! QuestBridge is a national organization that services low income and first generation students.
When I originally planned to write Part 2 of this series (you can find Part 1 here), I wanted to discuss more Career Development Office programs: the Pomona College Internship Program (PCIP) and the Summer Experience Funding Program. However, since I’m still in the application process for some of these programs, I thought it’d be more fitting to share how the experiences and...
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What Are College Summers Like?

It's that time of year -- everyone seems to be anxiously applying to programs/internships/jobs/research positions/funding etc. Over Family Weekend, standing in front of my CDO Summer Experience Funding poster, I fielded tons of questions from eager parents of first-year students. I've been asked the vague questions "Where do you want to be this summer?" and "What are your s...
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Developing Professional Skills as a First-Year Student (Part 1)

The water basin was unexpectedly breathtaking. There were many ducks swimming around!
One of the things that scared me the most as I entered college was the prospect of reality. Words like “decisions,” “long-term plans,” and “responsibilities” loomed over me, but I soon encountered multiple valuable resources for developing professional skills. Over winter break, I participated in the Career Development Office’s (CDO) Shadow a Sagehen program. Through thi...
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Internships, Interviews, and Interludes – Oh My!

It seems like in order to get ahead in the real world, every college student is expected to have several jobs, some incredibly valuable internship experience, leadership positions in at least 5 different clubs or activities, a Nobel Prize in two of the six categories, over a million followers on Twitter/over a million subscribers on YouTube, and bonus points for a letter of rec...
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If You Give a Mouse a Lysolecithin Injection…

She may lead you to a cure for multiple sclerosis (I work with female mice). The world of scientific research captivated me the summer prior to my first year at Pomona College. I found a summer research internship through the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to gain first-hand perspective with a research setting. I worked my mentors to investigate drug combinations for T-cell leu...
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District of Humidity (Round Two)

Hello Sagehens! If you're reading this and are a current or recent grad student, congrats; you survived your freshmen/sophomore/junior/senior year! If you're an alum, thank you for hosting me in San Francisco during spring break for Pomona's Alternabreak, single-handedly making college affordable for me, and reading yet another summer intern's blog. Sophomore year is finally...
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Meeting Royalty in DC

On July 29th, the Jordanian Embassy co-hosted an event with Generations for Peace, a non-profit organization that focuses on leveling the playing for youth around the world to ensure that children around the world have equal access to education, health care, and opportunities. With three interns assigned to checking in guests, I was told to greet guests as they entered the lobb...
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All Play, No Work

On weekends, I was free to do whatever I wished, from exploring DC to hanging out with other interns to sleeping in bed all day. When I wasn’t touring the National Mall for the fifth time or walking through Georgetown, I found other things to occupy my time. One intern I worked with at the Embassy of Jordan hosted two pool parties at her apartment, which was really fun. With th...
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