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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The Imminent Future!

Before college, I held steadfastly to the notion that you don’t move up to the next grade until the summer was over.  On the last day of fifth grade, my teacher congratulated us on becoming sixth graders and I rolled my eyes (in fact, this teacher noted on my report card I needed to have less “attitude.”  At least I was developing a sense of self early on…?)  My parents, also p...
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Where are the lawyers?

When I explain how the organization helps clients defend their housing rights, the first question I hear in response is oftentimes, “Do you have lawyers in the clinic?” We do not! For those unfamiliar with the approach that we use, the next question might be, “Why not?” or “How do you accomplish anything, then?” The counselors in the clinic are trained in San Francisco tena...
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Research

Sitting in a café, I stared into my open book.  I was about a week into my SURP and a week out of Thailand.   After glossing over these pages and these words for seven days, the past month felt like it had never happened.  Everyone chatted around me and I listened and I understood.   The man next to me asked to use my outlet and it was understood.  I read the words on the page ...
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Inside City Hall

My two main responsibilities at the office are staffing the reception desk and doing clinic projects. On the atypical days, I get to accompany the organizers out of the office to various events and actions. While I find most all of the work here exciting, these outings are the most extraordinary and have been the most memorable parts of my summer. About a month ago, I accompani...
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Summer, School Year – What’s the Difference?

Hello there! My name is Lindsey, and I am a senior Neuroscience major and Linguistics minor. I haven’t posted on the blog yet – I had to send my laptop in for repairs a few weeks ago, and after receiving it yesterday I have finally regained sanity (as is the life of a college student). This summer, I am doing research through SURP funding about language processing and the effec...
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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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Justin’s (Unofficial) Tour of Pomona College: Oldenborg

Traditionally, the first stop on the Pomona College tour is in Oldenborg. For those of you who don't know, Oldenborg doubles up as our language residence and dining halls. Pomona offers, on any given year, between six to eight language residence halls for students to live in. Essentially, the program is one to model an immersive experience in a language without leaving sunny So...
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Justin’s (Unofficial) Tour of Pomona College: Introductions

Hello, everyone, and welcome to Pomona College. My name is Justin Gutzwa, and I'm a rising senior at Pomona. I'm originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, and I am an Anthropology major with a minor in Politics. When I'm not giving tours, I'm a senior interviewer in the Pomona Office of Admissions over the summer, an intern during the school year, involved in several clubs, a depart...
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