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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Brief reflections on a transformative summer

I completed my final day at my summer internship last Friday, and by this time Monday I’ll be back in Claremont for two weeks of training with the student Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault. I’m sad to say goodbye to Oakland and San Francisco. I’m happy to say hello to Claremont, although as a city it doesn’t quite stack up to what’s going on here (which isn’t to say tha...
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From Keyboards to Scanners

Coding emails all day for hours wasn’t my cup of tea, and it showed. I wasn’t looking forward to going to work every morning when I woke up and I walked around the office in a depressed mood. I did not feel as though my skills were being used to the office’s advantage, but rather, I was doing mindless work that anyone that knew how to read could do. After a couple of weeks of t...
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You Call, OPC Answers

Speaker series is one aspect that I appreciate about working at the White House. The Office of Presidential Correspondence either schedules speakers such as Alan Kruger, chairman of the National Economic Council and the assistant speechwriter to the President to come speak to us at the office about their work and how they got to where they are or we as a group of interns go ove...
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