The Spirit of Service

By Toran Langford ’21 Building Leaders on Campus—affectionately known as BLOC—has come far since back on March 29, 2010 a band of four students launched one of the most affective organizations at the Claremont Colleges. BLOC’s founders are Salif Doubare '12, Brian Ssembajjwe '12, Martin Barrera '13, and Corey Jacinto '14. Today, BLOC has grown to more than 50 participatin...
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Tech Makes Moves towards Becoming More Diverse

By Marie Tano ‘21 I took Introduction to Computer Science during the spring semester of my first-year. While I was far from skilled in the course, I still had great interest in pursuing the field as a possible career option. The constantly shifting and ever-evolving field of technology has always interested me, and even now I have a goal of being able to somehow add to the t...
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When Privilege and Oppression Intersect

By Marie-Emmanuelle Tano '21 My name is Marie-Emmanuelle Tano. I am an Ivorian-American, and I am privileged. As an undisputed American citizen, born and raised in North Atlanta, I have never had to worry about legal privileges in being able to qualify for things like state insurance and government aid. Additionally, I have never had to defend my right to live in this cou...
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The Bridge Between College and Home

By Nick Timms '21 My mom told me once (well, more than once) that I had two options: go to college or look for another place to call home. Naturally, I went with the first of the two choices. She knew that, following the clichéd mantra, college was the “key to success.” And I wanted to go myself. No longer having to ask her if I could go out, and being able to figure out all...
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For Prospective Students of Color

By Toran Langford ’21 First of all, no college has the perfect recipe for racial/ethnic relations. But, at the Claremont Colleges, there are support systems for students of the African Diaspora. Specifically, in my experience, the administration is happy to make adaptations to accommodate concerns. In regards to race-based concerns, Pomona has promised to increase mental hea...
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A Love Letter to PAYS (Pomona Academy for Youth Success)

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by Eisen Ipac '19 “EISEN? EISEN ARE YOU AWAKE?” Hearing timid knocks, I fumble for my phone, wondering what time it is. 6:30 AM. The knocks stop, so I quickly kick off my blanket and run to open the door. A tall girl with beautiful warm skin and a soft face looks at me with apologetic eyes. “Hey Maeve, is everything okay?” “Sorry to wake you up, Eisen, but I locked myself...
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Story of Body at 19

Yo, so I was working on another piece all week, but I got in my feels and wrote this instead. Sorry to be heavy two weeks in a row. :)   Story of Body at 19 Years A Spoken Word by Shayn Jackson Father taken at six. Returned at sixteen, And stolen at seventeen. My body is beautiful. Praying to a Savior since seven. Catching the bus since eleven. Waiting in the c...
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{ Disclaimer: Some of you may read this and think: "I don't see the problem with what Mr.Nicepsychologist wrote. He must have some validity right, ma?" Words to which Ma will respond: "Correct my sweet, he is right indeed." If that is your reaction to this, then I implore you to open your mind and get ready for a wild ride. }   While doing research for ...
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How Posse at Pomona Changed My Life

When my roommate told me she was part of the “Miami Posse,” I hadn't yet heard of Posse. I found out that Posse Foundation is a great program that selects groups of public high school students across America to attend universities on full scholarship. These cohorts are comprised of intelligent and promising students who may be overlooked by the traditional college application...
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A First-Year’s Reflection on Happiness

I’m going to be real with you, folks: college has been hard. I've had to face new challenges living away from home, adapting to college academic expectations, and most importantly, redefining my own happiness in a new environment. There were definitely times when I questioned whether I belonged at Pomona, and whether I would be able to call it my new home. Though I have come a ...
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