It’s Really Not About the Major

TSL staff second year
By Siena Swift ’22 These days, most high school students are pressured to decide on a major, if not an academic field, before applying to college. Many colleges or universities require you to apply into a major or school within the university, and transferring into a different major can often be difficult. I personally didn’t think about these issues when applying to college...
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What’s in a Major?

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By Chris Meng ‘23 What are you studying in college? What do you want to be when you grow up? Those types of questions came flooding in during my senior year of high school, and I quickly learned it was easier to give a scripted answer than to reveal the honest truth that I simply didn’t know. To all my classmates who knew they wanted to be doctors or physical therapists or v...
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Inky Fingers

Studio Art Building
By Jenny Park ‘22 “Mark, I need some help.” My 2D Design professor, Mark Allen, is a character—his funny and quirky demeanor puts anyone at ease. I had wanted to create some prints for a personal project, so naturally he was the first person I went to. We went down to the screen-printing lab and got to work. Screen-printing is a process where you squeegee ink onto a su...
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Combining Queer Theory and Pipetting Bacterial Cultures

My summer internship with Planned Parenthood Great Plains, working in the reproductive justice sector
By Calder Hollond ‘21 When I came to Pomona, I thought I was going to be an English major. That’s what I had told all my family and friends before I left home, what I told all my new friends at Pomona during the initial “What are you planning on majoring in?” small talk, and what I made sure to enroll in during course registration. What I hadn’t planned on was that after the...
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Foreign Language Immersion at Pomona

student making crepes
By Jacinta Chen ‘21 In a previous blog post, I shared my academic adventure through the six breadth of study area requirements to highlight how easy it is to explore many disciplines for Pomona students. In order to fulfill the foreign language requirement, Pomona generally requires students to either pass the third semester or higher of a language course, earn a 4 or 5 on a...
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My First Year at Pomona: Seven Things I’m Grateful For

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By Becky Zhang ‘22   A few days ago, my best friend (who took Intro to Psychology and had many a fun fact to share with me throughout the semester) shared that gratitude was an effective remedy for all sorts of maladies. She dropped some statistics on the scientifically-proven benefits of practicing gratitude: an extra half-hour of sleep, and so on. Whether or not th...
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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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An Ode to the Mentor Session

collaborative math learning
By Eric Gofen '19   Like wild animals around the watering hole, students gather in classrooms the night of the mentor session. Instead of a silent room of independent workers, the space is ripe with voices from every direction. Students sit together at tables discussing proof ideas and checking calculations. The energy is palpable. Their instinctual purpose may be fi...
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Got Math?

Halona Math Trip
By Eric Gofen '19 On Thursday nights Pomona students flock to the math lounge. Troves of Sagehens pause their studying and extracurricular activities to partake in a small feast. They might come for Trader Joe’s chips, but they stay for the mathematical banter. Math Snack is just one activity the department puts on each week. Others include Math Lunches, Colloquium ta...
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A Declaration of “Major” Importance

Second-year undergraduate students in the U.S. have a special item on our checklist: declaring a major. To me, the word “declare” sometimes sounds a little grandiose in a comical way: something solemn, resembling the Declaration of Independence, maybe? Yet, “declaring a major” is also important, somewhat daunting, and often accompanied by much pressure. Indeed, “decl...
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