10 Moments that Highlighted My First Year at Pomona

Selena hiking to Hollywood sign
By Selena Lopez ‘22 I don’t know about you, but, to me, there has always been something about lists that draws me in. “Top ten places to visit,” “best books to read this break,” “47 things to do while at Pomona”— the list goes on. Do I complete these lists? No … not necessarily. I’m also not good at keeping up with the lists that I make. Daily to-do lists? Can’t follow them....
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Rico Nasty and Lil Nas X: An Unlikely Duo

LilNas
By Myles Ashitey ‘22 We’ve all heard that song on the radio, “I’m gonna take my horse to the Old Town Road…”.  It was a nonstop hit for months and rightfully so. Lil Nas X is becoming a defining voice in country music, especially in a genre dominated by white artists. He has consistently remained on the Billboard charts even in the face of their initial ruling about him not ...
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Deciding How to Spend My Time

By Chris Meng '23 My first semester at Pomona College finished not too long ago, and it absolutely flew by. I realized that there are some small but significant distinctions between college and high school. For example, there is no detention for being late. Nobody will chase you around to turn in your work, go eat food or even get out of bed. Professors might send a concerne...
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Religion on Campus

making hamantaschen
By Danny DeBare ‘22 On my gap year in Ecuador, I spent Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) in a church–I figured I could only get more “religious” from there during my first year here at Pomona. Religion was a very big part of my childhood. Going to Hebrew school twice a week for seven years, having a Bar Mitzvah, and participating in a Jewish youth group throughout high sch...
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What You Need to Know About Deferral/Rejection

Daphne cuddling Petey
By Daphne Chapline '22 I knew I wanted to go to Pomona almost immediately after arriving on campus for my first visit. Something about it just felt right; all the students I talked to were so kind, helpful, and extremely willing to talk about their passions on and off campus. I was drawn to the idea of small class sizes and close professor relationships, the collaborative st...
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What is Culture?

By Myles Ashitey ‘22 Whether I choose to acknowledge it or not, Ghanaian culture has permeated every aspect of my life. Through Sunday services, extravagant birthday celebrations, and even more extravagant wedding ceremonies, I’ve found a community of people eager to embrace the traditions that have lasted for generations. I can’t lie. It’s comforting having people with simi...
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From Foreigner to Foreigner: Los Angeles to Seoul

karaoke in Korea
By Kensi Martinez '21 Anyone who knows me can attest to my avid love for Quora, a question-and-answer website where you can find people from the likes of regular high school students to Barack Obama himself. I can spend anywhere from one to eight hours on the site daily, learning personal opinions, facts, and news—and sometimes writing them myself as the fourth-most viewed w...
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The 47 Bond

Cecil on Carnegie steps
By Danny DeBare ‘22 In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Pomona College is OBSESSED with the number 47. Why? Beats me. If you go to the Wikipedia page and listen to donor speeches, you might find “a reason,” but don’t believe it’s worthy of every advertisement campaign and piece of apparel this college promotes. But, whether I like it or not, this prime number reminds me ...
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The Claremont Community

Daphne at Bert & Rocky's
By Daphne Chapline '22 One rainy Sunday morning, I was walking back to campus from a yoga class at Claremont Yoga when I heard someone yell, “Daphne, wait!” I turned around and saw a staff member of Bert and Rocky’s, an ice cream shop in the Claremont Village. I ran inside the shop, she handed me some pumpkin bread and said “Here, on me!” As I ate my pumpkin bread, I chatted...
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Questions I Wish People Asked Me on Tours

Danny giving a tour
By Danny DeBare ‘22 Giving a tour can be really fun. When you have a group that isn’t too big–but just big enough to have a wide variety of interests and perspectives– that’s when the best energy and information flow. On the flip side, sometimes my tours resembles an audio guide, a voice in your ears that sort of just talks at you when meandering through a vaguely historical...
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