Reading on Rainy Days: How to Know You’re in the Right Major

Because I've lived all my life in Southern California, where life moves quickly in perpetual forward motion, rainy days feel like free passes to me. Waking up on a day where the sky is gray and the air feels slow and thick with rain makes me feel like everything that was so important yesterday can wait to be accomplished when the sun comes out again. On rainy days, all I wa...
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On the Merits of Licking Rocks

Contrary to popular belief, not all rocks are the same; in fact, they have a diverse set of origins, compositions, structures, and properties, all of which can be related back to their mineral make. This of course renders mineralogy, which is exactly what it sounds like, an important component of any geologist's set of mental tools for conducting field work and research. Now th...
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“Dear Junior: According to our records, you have not declared a major.”

We’d always been told that attending a liberal arts college meant that we’d be faced with an abundance of enticing classes, go to classes with too many overeager aspiring academics, and be exposed to an overflowing wealth of knowledge spanning every imaginable discipline. My inability to buckle down in one discipline during my first two years is proof that such buzzwords as “li...
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Finding a Major (AKA, Serendipity)

This in a nutshell is all you really need to know about my research this summer. I own a lot of books, and I spend my days sitting on that orange couch reading them. That, of course, isn't the whole story, so if you want to know more about academic life at Pomona, here's the way it was for me. In high school, I had two loves: history and my girlfriend (cue groans from all an...
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