My Experience Backpacking in Southeast Asia

Toran with group of backtivists
By Toran Langford '21 This past summer, I participated in Operation Groundswell. I was a “backpacktivist” in Thailand. Then, I explored Cambodia on my own. This coined term “backpacktivist” means to act as a guest in a place others call home. We were supposed to adhere to local traditions and customs, which allows us to understand the value of cultures different from our own...
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Icky Introductions

Move-In Day crowd
By Oluyemisi Bolonduro ‘23 “What’s your name?” “Oluyemisi.” “Do you have a nickname?” “No, just Oluyemisi.” “Can I give you a nickname?” “No, I don’t do nicknames.” My whole life prior to Pomona, I went by a nickname; it was how I tried to assimilate. It was a tool I used to make people comfortable when interacting with me. I decided to go by my full name, ...
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Rico Nasty and Lil Nas X: An Unlikely Duo

LilNas
By Myles Ashitey ‘22 We’ve all heard that song on the radio, “I’m gonna take my horse to the Old Town Road…”.  It was a nonstop hit for months and rightfully so. Lil Nas X is becoming a defining voice in country music, especially in a genre dominated by white artists. He has consistently remained on the Billboard charts even in the face of their initial ruling about him not ...
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From Hiding in My Room to Being a Student Leader in the Draper Center

Selena and friends in the classroom
By Selena Lopez ‘22 Back in the year 2018 (seems far away, doesn’t it?), I came across a Facebook post asking for someone to lead a tour for a group of first-generation, low-income students visiting the Draper Center, the center for community service at Pomona. Being a fellow first-gen, low income student, I  thought it would be fun to show them around my school. Did I know ...
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Why Did I Choose Pomona?

Professor Edray Goins
By Myles Ashitey ‘22 Coming from a small boarding school in southeastern Pennsylvania, I didn’t want to stray too far from my comfort zone when choosing a college. Also high on my list of importance was ensuring that my college education was affordable to me. As it turned out, Pomona was one of the only schools I applied to that offered me a viable financial aid package, whi...
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What is Culture?

By Myles Ashitey ‘22 Whether I choose to acknowledge it or not, Ghanaian culture has permeated every aspect of my life. Through Sunday services, extravagant birthday celebrations, and even more extravagant wedding ceremonies, I’ve found a community of people eager to embrace the traditions that have lasted for generations. I can’t lie. It’s comforting having people with simi...
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From Foreigner to Foreigner: Los Angeles to Seoul

karaoke in Korea
By Kensi Martinez '21 Anyone who knows me can attest to my avid love for Quora, a question-and-answer website where you can find people from the likes of regular high school students to Barack Obama himself. I can spend anywhere from one to eight hours on the site daily, learning personal opinions, facts, and news—and sometimes writing them myself as the fourth-most viewed w...
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An Undergraduate Fellowship Everyone Should Know About

By Marie Tano ‘20 The greatest thing about Pomona is the abundance of programs, fellowships and internships at your disposal. There is so much opportunity. The tricky thing is locating them, finding time to apply and actually being accepted. One fellowship that I find is generally unknown and unpopular to students is the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. As a current sch...
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A Letter for Incoming Black Students, from a Black Student

By Ebere Amadi '22 It was a 47-minute car ride from my house to Pomona College on Move-In Day, August 25th, 2018. I drove down the 60 freeway with a car full of family, luggage, and Frank Ocean’s nostalgic tunes. As the familiar melodies of Ivy and Nights boomed through my speakers, I almost cried as Frank beautifully sang “we’ll never be those kids again” because it was tru...
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What It Means To Be More Than a Name

Magali in front of sign about being yourself
By Magali Ngouabou ‘22 The American government knows me as Magali Astride Cyrielle Leslie Ngouabou Noubissi. The first four are all my first names, and the last one is supposed to be my middle name, but the guy at the social security office (who was somehow in charge of typing out the name I’d have to live with) messed up. As a result, I now have to squeeze even more of my n...
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