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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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Us

SETTING: Our Beloved World CHARACTERS: All the people in it SCENE: Pomona College, Claremont, CA Thursday, 3:30 pm. I walked out of my International Relations class, trying to put aside the heaviness sparked by the discussion on the Rwanda genocide and other ethnic conflicts. The first floor of Carnegie Hall — that classy building resembling the White House to some deg...
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5 Ways to Tell Whether Your Life Is Falling Apart

We’re just out of fall break at Pomona College, which means that we’re fresh out of the never-ending stream of midterms, papers, and lab reports that nearly every student swims in during Weeks 5-7. As you would expect, this deluge of responsibilities inevitably causes a bit of drowning each time it comes around. Fortunately for you, your lovely neighborhood blogger is here ...
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Pomona: School is Cool!

Kindergarten version of me...
I like the expression “Too cool for school”, but school can also be "cool." At least that’s what the kindergarten version of myself thought: school doesn't just mean classes, but also an interesting amalgam of academics, extracurriculars, fun events, etc. As I grew up, the elements that formed my perception of “school” have increasingly complemented each other well (for example...
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A Summary of Sophomore Year

dramatic thinking
The end of another great year is upon us, and as everything winds down to final projects, papers, exams, and abundant last-minute senior sales, I cannot help but reflect on the moments that defined my sophomore year. These past two semesters were filled with ups and downs, each week as volatile and capricious as an episode of Grey's Anatomy. You see, sophomore year is an...
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How to ‘Human Being’: The 7 Most Important Things I Learned This Year

I am halfway done with college. Yikes. I have no idea how that happened so quickly. It's so strange to think back to August-2013-me, so excited and sure of herself and full of (largely unrealistic) expectations about Pomona, college, life in general. She is so different from August-2014-me, arriving on campus early for sponsor training, equal parts anticipiatory and appr...
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Life as a Low-Income, First-Generation Student

When I first entered Pomona College I wasn't entirely sure what my identity as a first-generation, low-income student was. Most of the time at my somewhat elite high school, class was never brought up and was something I was always trying to suppress. I often felt ashamed when I couldn't afford the latest fashion trends, or left out when people would talk about the places they ...
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What Pomona Isn’t

Pomona is an incredible institution, so it makes sense that so much of what you hear about it is positive. If you like to measure the worth of things in rankings, we're #8 on the Forbes national list, #5 on the U.S. News & World Report liberal arts college list, #20 on The Daily Beast's list (#1 and #7 on the "Student Life" and "Campus Quality" sublistings, respectively), a...
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What Are College Summers Like?

It's that time of year -- everyone seems to be anxiously applying to programs/internships/jobs/research positions/funding etc. Over Family Weekend, standing in front of my CDO Summer Experience Funding poster, I fielded tons of questions from eager parents of first-year students. I've been asked the vague questions "Where do you want to be this summer?" and "What are your s...
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