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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Five Reasons to Consider Studying Abroad at Pomona

When I first wrote for this blog during Fall 2012, I did so remotely while studying abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland.  This year, I’ve returned to the office that made it all happen—this time, to work!  I’m currently serving my second semester behind the student desk at the Office of Study Abroad, and it has only solidified how much I've valued my time in Scotland.  For those who ...
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Tutorials

Pomona often boasts its small class sizes, but rarely advertises the pinnacle ratio of student-professor exposure: the tutorial.   There are a number of tutorials offered each semester (along with independent studies, which sometimes follow a similar format), all of which promote oft treasured and sometimes-dreaded one-on-one time.  I took a one-on-one tutorial in Spring 20...
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Leaving

In less than 100 days, Marston Quad will be bounding with activity.  Blue and white flags will flutter in the wind and white chairs will be aligned like teeth in a perfect smile.  My classmates and I will don floral dresses and collared shirts, and we’ll cover them in gigantic, flowing robes, and we’ll cover those with leis and hats topped with squares.  We will sit through a...
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Thesis Thursday: Getting Participants

So, I figure that Thesis Thursday is going to be my new blogging platform, at least for a little bit. I hope you all enjoy my thesis related adventures! Whether you're a senior, a first year, an alum or outside of the direct Pomona community, I hope people find my anecdotes at least marginally humorous or relatable. Getting participants for a study is something I never thoug...
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Thesis Thursday!

So right now, I'm sitting in the Coop Fountain, attempting to work on the pre-write of my first chapter of my thesis. Scary stuff, right? I've heard it said before that the literature review of any thesis is the most difficult yet fulfilling part of the work: effectively establishing your arguments and your thoughts on paper through establishing a theoretical framework and a fo...
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Résumé Woes

How is Pomona’s Career Development Office useful to its students? My résumé should, hypothetically, be the pinnacle of my professional life.  Organized into neat subsections about my previous employment endeavors and activities and skills, I have a vision of my ideal résumé pleasantly filling a page without threatening crowdedness.  I imagine it with a minimalist design and ...
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A New Year

A new school year is particularly exciting because of its pristine promise.  Untouched, it isn’t tarnished with a pile of papers or some looming exam.  Instead, I peer at it, somehow distanced, and it is beautiful, comprised of Frary cookies and finished problem sets and warm Claremont nights. Moments after Labor Day, this portrait is abolished and the school year is clo...
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Brief reflections on a transformative summer

I completed my final day at my summer internship last Friday, and by this time Monday I’ll be back in Claremont for two weeks of training with the student Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault. I’m sad to say goodbye to Oakland and San Francisco. I’m happy to say hello to Claremont, although as a city it doesn’t quite stack up to what’s going on here (which isn’t to say tha...
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