Around the World in 90 Minutes

Have you ever wanted to sample cultural foods from around the world (fasnetsscherben, okonomiyaki salmorejo, bhajia za dengu, 烧卖(燒賣)... mmmm!), learn simple phrases in 10 different languages from native speakers, find out which German city suits you the best, receive a hand-written card in Spanish, and meet King Cyrus, all without worrying about travel expenses and taking too m...
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Let’s Talk About Dorms!

There are some things that you’re allowed to say in college that sound totally creepy out in the real world. In this case, the one I’m thinking of is the casual question to someone you just met: “Where do you live?” It’s probably the #1 question first-years get asked. You can ask about the person’s major, but they don’t know. You can ask where they’re from, but you’re...
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The Stress of De-stressing: Events at Pomona

Finals week: when picking a de-stressing event is the most stressful aspect of trying to de-stress. The hardest part about finals isn't really those impending exams and assignments - it's all the beautiful creative performances and events that I'm missing out on when I stay in to finish a Computer Science test program (essentially a take-home midterm to program SpaceInvaders...
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Forward Motion

In less than two weeks, my first year at Pomona will be over. A year ago, I was nowhere close to done with the school year: AP tests were approaching (and way too quickly). There were senior award ceremonies and breakfasts and graduation rehearsals to attend, enrollment deposits and housing forms needing completion, scholarships needing securing, yearbooks needing signing, ...
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How Do I Love Pomona? Let Me Count the Ways

  1. Friends 2. Professors—inspirers, teachers, mentors, supporters 3. Cross-courtyard hellos 4. Social gatherings 5. Barefeet and RayBans 6. Longboards 7. Frary frozen yogurt 8. Saturday picnics 9. Sunday barbeques 10. Grants and stipends 11. Class options 12. Office hours 13. Sunshine 14. Grassy fields 15. Waterpolo games 16. Baseball games 17. Proximity to skiing...
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Anatomy of a Sponsor Group

Decision day has come and gone, and now that colleges across the nation have chosen their admitted students, it's time for the critical second round of decisions to be made by the students themselves. Last February, when I was added to the class of 2017 Facebook group, none of the admitted students who would become this year's Pomona freshmen had any decisions to make. We we...
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Considering the Spogro Pt. II

Happy New Year (again)! This is a continuation of the previous post. My spogro is a strange bunch of people. On the surface we don't seem like a great match for each other – we're a pretty eclectic mismash of personalities, backgrounds, and plans – but in fact, most of my closest friends are in my sponsor group. One very valuable (and fun!) function of the sponsor gro...
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Considering the Spogro Pt. I

Happy New Year! As the holidays come to a close, I've been contemplating my first semester at Pomona and more specifically, inspired by my biological family, my adopted Pomona family. For the most part, at least for me, this boils down to the sponsor group. Before I came to Pomona, I didn't even realize sponsor groups were a thing. Don't ask me how, in all the resear...
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Giving Thanks: Prospies, and 3 Awesome things about Pomona

pros•pie |ˈprôspē| * noun a high school student visiting a college campus in order to gain additional knowledge and experience regarding the school, often staying overnight to really get the best sense of the whole "college experience" and most comprehensively assess as many aspects of the college or university as possible : the prospie feigned satisfaction with the skimp...
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How to Have a Thanksgiving Away from Home

As a student whose home is situated over 2,000 miles away from Pomona's campus, I can't go home for Thanksgiving without shelling out over $500 in a roundtrip ticket, so I'm staying in California for Thanksgiving. For those of you in a similar predicament, fear not, because you can still celebrate Thanksgiving albeit probably differently from how you used to. Here are some opti...
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