What It Means To Be More Than a Name

Magali in front of sign about being yourself
By Magali Ngouabou ‘22 The American government knows me as Magali Astride Cyrielle Leslie Ngouabou Noubissi. The first four are all my first names, and the last one is supposed to be my middle name, but the guy at the social security office (who was somehow in charge of typing out the name I’d have to live with) messed up. As a result, I now have to squeeze even more of my n...
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Small-Town Roots and the Whirlwind of Disaster

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By Calder Hollond ‘21 When I was a young child, my mom taught me my address, one of the first pieces of information I ever memorized. If you put this address into a GPS, it would lead you to an old farmstead in the countryside in Linwood, Kansas, on a sprawling 40 acres of fields where I spent my childhood roaming around. Linwood itself is a small town of 400 people, and sur...
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Service, Sun and Sagehen Fun

students on Alternabreak
By Daniel Garcia '21 There aren’t many colleges that will cover your spring break trip, much less a spring break trip back to the place where you grew up, but Pomona’s Draper Center for Community Partnerships did just that for Spring Break 2019. Through a set of programs called “Alternabreak,” Pomona sent me and nine other students to New Orleans to do community service and ...
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Grades at Pomona

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By Daphne Chapline ‘22 In high school, I used to obsessively check my PowerSchool app to see my grades. I put so much pressure on myself to get perfect grades. It’s safe to say that the relationship between my self-esteem and my grades was not exactly helping my confidence. My feelings of self-worth were too contingent on how I was doing in school; if I received what I...
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Failure at Pomona

Danny with challah dough
By Danny DeBare ‘22 Failure is both the most and least talked about phenomenon at Pomona. Students at Pomona throw it into casual conversations: “Oh my gosh, I totally just failed that midterm!” Yet this over-exaggerated comment–dare I say joke­–almost rarely equates to a D or F grade. On the other hand, when not getting cast in theater productions, or not receiving specifi...
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Metrolink to Amtrak: Time on the Train

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By Becky Zhang ‘22 My first semester at Pomona was unforgettably fun and eye-opening. While my friends and I made ample use of the seven dining halls, five campuses, sunshine, cafés, and thrift stores in Claremont, we occasionally took the Metrolink train into L.A. in search of places and activities to explore outside the 5C bubble. We really made use of the city, a short an...
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Pomona and Entrepreneurship on Campus: My Experience

Toran in Based New Orleans T-shirt
by Toran Langford ‘21 This is a meditation on the roots of my entrepreneurship and what I aim to accomplish by creating a new brand. I’ve always been interested in researching the history of African countries. During a really radical stage in my life, I did extensive research on Ancient Kemet, or Egypt. There are many modern scholars like W. E. B. Du Bois, Chancellor Will...
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“You Can Truly Reinvent Yourself in College”

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By Daphne Chapline ‘22 While visiting other colleges, I was astonished to hear that, in many places, you need to know your major as soon as you apply, and students find it extremely difficult to switch majors once they have declared. As a young person, I find it scary to think that at such a formative time in our development, we have to make a (somewhat) pivotal decision abo...
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Reflections on Life and Death

Marie with her mother at Pomona
By Marie Tano ‘21 Winter break 2017, my first college break, was my first time being home since moving away for college. The only thing that I remember from the break was complaining to my mom about our bare and empty refrigerator, broken heating system, and broken water heater. This winter break, I spent it planning the funerals of both my mother and my grandmother. I ha...
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First-Year Blues

By Daphne Chapline '22 My parents were not ready to become empty-nesters, and this baby Sagehen was certainly not ready to leave the nest last August. I had to leave my childhood home of 18+ years, my loving parents, and friends who had become family. I had established myself in the context of my community. When I came to Pomona, I felt like I left a big part of my identity ...
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