Junior Year Semester One Reflections: Debussy, and a Memo for My Future Self

The gentle softness. A dialogue where the two of them find phrases slipping naturally out of their inner souls, flowing, overlapping with each other at times and pausing for a restful break at others… That sheer sense of indescribable serendipity and relaxation that render you speechless: a quiet observer to this brave new world where you anticipate the unknown rises and falls....
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Halfway Through College! Sophomore Year Reflections and Summer Plans

It’s that time of the year again: Finals, followed by Commencement (goodbye, seniors, I will miss you…) and SUMMER! I have one more final project to work on, so this is a good time to jolt down some quick reflections on the semester and a few words about my summer plans. This week is atypical of my finals’ weeks at Pomona so far since I don’t have any traditional in-class fi...
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A Wild Professor Chase: On Office Hours

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If you were to dive into my iCal or folders, you would be sure to find tons of documents labeled “OH”. It’s not an exclamation, as much as I am always excited about it. Instead, “OH” is my abbreviation for Office Hours, a particularly defining element of my college experience. Somehow, I’ve always had a romanticised picture in my mind of what Office Hours would be like: a co...
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M.A.id in Waiting: Applying to Graduate School

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“Goodbye! We love you! Safe travels! See you at graduation!” This is how my grandparents saw me off after our winter visit together. There’s really not much use denying it any more: I will (hopefully) be graduating from college in 2016. It’s a pretty chilling feeling to watch the ball drop on a new year that matches your “Class of.” As I’ve written somewhat melodramatically ...
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A Semester of Classes I Loved

Classes ended on December 9, and I can now say with certainty that this was the best semester I've ever had in terms of classes. As a senior who has already completed all of my general education and International Relations major requirements, I had a ton of freedom in choosing my classes this semester. I ended up with four amazing classes, which I will summarize here for you: ...
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Student Recitals and Other Adventures

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The first student recital of the 2015-2016 academic year happened on Wednesday, October 28th. It’s no secret that performance is not particularly my favorite activity and not especially my strong suit (due to stage fright and a propensity for unnecessarily dramatic facial expressions…), so I’m thoroughly pleased to report that not only did I perform in said recital, but also th...
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Independence at Pomona, via Summer in Cambridge

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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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A Last Lecture on the Liberal Arts

Yes, there is an alarmingly eminent crisis in the general view on liberal arts values. Yes, fewer and fewer people appreciate our well-rounded educational experience while certain approaches herald more pre-professional paths as practical, and thus more worthwhile. But what else has been said in support of the liberal arts education? "The technology issues facing us today—issu...
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To You, Class of 2019 and Beyond

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Hi!  We probably won't ever formally be introduced, and I'd consider myself lucky to even get a glimpse of you as we pass each other on campus, but I just wanted to give you something that hopefully convinces you that coming to Pomona is / was the right decision for you. I've already written a post in which I explained why I applied to Pomona College, but for me there's ...
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Freshwoman Year Pt. II: A Quick Reflection

’Tis Spring Break! My parents are here, visiting me from China. As we drive around the Golden State from SoCal to NorCal in the next few days, I (rather ambitiously) plan to read a few books, get my homework done, write some more blog entries, and get back to some of my friends (feeling guilty about not maintaing email chains during the busy academic year). A brief summa...
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