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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Claremont Journal of Law and Public Policy (CJLPP): A Story of Collaboration and Growth

Law Journal Dinner!
I feel its weight in my hands. Its interesting texture. The unique scent. That feeling of flipping each page with pride and joy — each page that is equally thought-provoking, and each crystalizing memories of all of those precious moments that we have shared collectively, as we carefully pondered each detail, discussed our thoughts with each other, and made decisions that would...
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Building a Home Away from Home for International Students: the International Student Mentor Program (ISMP)

For prospective incoming international students, studying abroad in another part of the world in just a few months can feel like quite an adventure — thrilling, mysterious, and nerve-racking all at once. At Pomona College, students are constantly seeking ways to help each other to feel at home while we study and live in a home away from our “real” homes. The Internationa...
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Exploring Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonder: An Education

The Museum of Jurassic Technology (MJT) is an eccentric museum that houses objects from various geographical regions across different time periods — including human horns, a scaled model of Noah’s Ark, and mice on toast. Not only is David Wilson’s cabinet of wonder full of items that spark our curiosity to find out more details about its individual marvels, it fundamentally...
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A Declaration of “Major” Importance

Second-year undergraduate students in the U.S. have a special item on our checklist: declaring a major. To me, the word “declare” sometimes sounds a little grandiose in a comical way: something solemn, resembling the Declaration of Independence, maybe? Yet, “declaring a major” is also important, somewhat daunting, and often accompanied by much pressure. Indeed, “decl...
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A Wild Professor Chase: On Office Hours

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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Semester 1, Sophomore Year: Check!

Happy New Year! Perhaps it’s time to reflect a little on the semester that we just successfully completed. So here we go: Overview From escorting U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, to mealtime conversations with old and new friends, to Athenaeum dinners, classical music at Little Bridges, Law Journal weekly meetings, to playing with kittens during Sophomore/Final...
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Thriving as a Student (Leader)

The cuties of Wig 2 North during lunch on Move-In Day!
spon·sor noun. 1. A sophomore who lives in a first-year hall throughout the year with 1 or 2 co-sponsors and 15 to 18 first-year students, with the objective of easing the transition to college by creating a safe and welcoming living environment. 2. Just another struggling student trying to make it in the world. As I approach the close of fall semester of my second year a...
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Our Beloved World: First-Year Book Brings Pomona Community Together

A standing ovation. Cheers, claps; claps, cheers, followed by even more cheers and claps… Each year, Pomona College selects a “first-year book” that incoming first-years discuss with peers and faculty members during Orientation Week, and invites the author to visit campus in October. This year’s assigned book was none other than Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s autobi...
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