Is Life a Job Training Program?

by Lauren Schoen '20 College is not a job training program. Classes are not professional development. The clubs you join are not lines on a résumé. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I’m sure most of us can picture the same thing: the kindergarten teacher asking “what do you want to be when you grow up?” and then having to draw our future selves in a spacesuit, i...
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Dear Internship Coordinator: The Untold Truths of My Cover Letter

Kyra Sanborn 4 Privet Drive Little Whinging, Surrey - 95864 Ÿ- 916.867.5309 Ÿ GrownUpButBoringAndUnoriginalEmail@nonotcalpolypomona.edu   Some date that makes it look like I haven't been working on this cover letter for 3 weeks, 2016   Big Giant Company 4700 If Only Rd, I Wonder if Oprah Lived Here Once, CA 99999   Dear Internship Coord...
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Jobs on Campus

As a college senior, I have been thinking a lot about jobs. Real jobs. Work. Employment. A career. However you put it, it's anxiety-inducing and terrifying and something I get asked about way more often than I'd like. Post-graduation job plans are a topic I want to avoid talking about 99% of the time. Including now. So instead of talking about so-called real, nine-to-five, I'm-...
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Independence at Pomona, via Summer in Cambridge

Grapefruits are bittersweet, right? After weeks of searching for an analogy to accurately depict my thrilling rollercoaster of a summer, I have settled on a fruit whose mixed taste is representative of my feelings at the moment. It is a bittersweet day leaving Boston. (Well, Cambridge technically. For two months, I lived and worked across the Charles River from one of New En...
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The Publishing Saga, or What I Do

"So... What exactly do you do?" I have been asked this question so many times in the past nearly-two months, but I still have yet to come up with an eloquent, concise, comprehensive answer. People are usually looking for no more than a 30-second response to this question, but I still haven't found an explanation short enough, aside from "Everything, honestly," or "Um, editor...
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Yes – I Saved That Couch’s Life!

As the semester came to an end, I decided to join the couch-(and other treasures)-saving crew, otherwise known as Clean Sweep. Clean Sweep is an initiative through Pomona College’s Sustainability Integration Office to reuse, reduce, and recycle students' waste and divert it from the landfill. Not only that, but we help the housekeeping staff by making sure that when they have t...
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A Summary of Sophomore Year

dramatic thinking
The end of another great year is upon us, and as everything winds down to final projects, papers, exams, and abundant last-minute senior sales, I cannot help but reflect on the moments that defined my sophomore year. These past two semesters were filled with ups and downs, each week as volatile and capricious as an episode of Grey's Anatomy. You see, sophomore year is an...
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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 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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