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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Five Steps to a Fountaining

A birthday at Pomona isn't just any ordinary birthday. If your friends have enough time, maybe they'll decorate your door (see picture below). They might bake you a cake (or buy you one depending on how much culinary talent is in the sponsor group). Perhaps they'll throw you a surprise party (less of a surprise if some people can't keep secrets). Or maybe you all have midterms ...
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Open Channels

If you didn't already know, Dean Feldblum loves to tweet (see her Twitter), which makes her one of the coolest administrators I've ever known. But aside from that, she's not just an awesome administrator, but also a great human being. For many college and high school students, administrators--and even the Dean of Students (or the equivalent)--can sometimes be shadowy unknown fi...
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Working at the Organic Farm

Just about 6 months ago, I was sitting at my dining room table, staring at a bunch of glossy college brochures, wondering exactly how I was going to make one of the biggest decisions of my life in just one month, given so many amazing choices. But, by the end of the month, my feelings had changed, and one college became the clear answer: I chose to attend Pomona College. I b...
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Smile Lots

I opened the navy blue folder, quickly flipped through the generic academic information, and found my unofficial transcript, scanning the page until my eyes came to rest on a name: Eric Grosfils. Eric (or Professor Grosfils as he was known to me at the time) was the professor tasked with being my academic advisor. After a quick Google search, I learned that Eric was a professor...
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13 Places At Pomona That Still Take My Breath Away

  Wig Beach Palm Tree A palm tree? asks the Southern Californian, raising one bleached-blond eyebrow with an unimpressed sigh. YES. A PALM TREE. They may be the west coast equivalent of a pigeon but to a Chicagoan such as myself they are a signifier of leisure and tropical beauty. Plus, they don’t take craps on you, which pigeons are wont to do now and then.  This...
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Justin’s (Unofficial) Tour of Pomona College: Study Abroad

Hello my fellow tour-goers! Before I start my post this week, I'd like to thank everyone that has talked to me about my blog. It's humbling knowing that we actually get people reading our posts - for me, it makes me feel like my life is actually interesting in some way, shape or form - and I'm thankful for your feedback. From Pomona College employees to interviewees to fello...
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