Figuring Out Where I Am

Like any good adventure, mine begins and ends with time travel (courtesy of the International Date Line). I left Claremont for Brisbane, a large city in Queensland, Australia, on a Tuesday and arrived on a Thursday after 14 hours of travel. My return flight will reach the United States three hours before it leaves Australia. The time zone switch was especially difficult ...
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Preparing to Do Research Abroad

As my little blurb explains, I will be spending this summer doing independent research in Southwestern China, funded by the Oldenborg International Research and Travel Grant. This grant is awarded to 2-3 rising Pomona seniors each year, allowing them to undertake research for a senior thesis, project, or exhibition during the summer months before senior year. In the past, s...
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Big Friendships of a Small School

Three people in Pomona’s Class of 2017 are from Vermont. All three happen to be friends of mine. And I have already been offered, with not a single word of request, three places in Vermont to visit while I intern in Boston this summer. Not bad for a school of just 1600 students, right? Coming from a high school with a population 1.5x larger than Pomona’s, I wondered a...
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A Summary of Sophomore Year

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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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Guest Post: Sagehens Shut Up and Dance Around Europe!

"Because if you're going to be a tourist for five weeks, you might as well be as ridiculous as possible." Video and concept by Sarah Laws '16, featuring cameos by: Andrea Green '17, Angela Han '16, David Kolin '16, Edmund Pacleb '16, Erick Velasquez '16, Jennifer Schmidt '14, Reid Mitchell '16, and Yuki Numata '16. Reproduced with enthusiastic consent. To learn more about...
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What I Didn’t Realize About Pomona Until I Went Abroad

As I'm starting my fourth month abroad in Budapest and the last month of my junior year, I'm starting to reflect on my time abroad, but also on my time back at Pomona College. I've begun to realize that leaving Pomona for a few months has made me realize a lot about the college, and I'd like to share a few of these thoughts with you. Quite a few of these are apparent but easy t...
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For the Prospective International Student Wondering About Comfort Zones

As the head mentor for the International Student Mentor Program (ISMP), I have always felt that the presence of international students on campus brings an interesting dynamic to campus life. We grew up in different environments and cultures (what Bourdieu calls habitus), and the things we do and say here sometimes challenge assumptions that students and professors make both in ...
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Hello from Hungary: The Busójárás Festival

While Claremont seems to be in a perpetual state of summer and sunshine, other parts of the world experience (believe it or not!) such things as snow and winter! Here in Hungary, where I am studying abroad this semester, we’ve been fighting off the cold with plenty of hot chocolate, mulled wine, and cozy socks, but the locals in the Hungarian village of Mohacs have a more festi...
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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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For the Prospective Student Thinking About Studying Abroad

The issue of study abroad has been discussed over and over again on this blog, probably moreso than any other single topic. However, it really testifies to the experiences and rewards that studying abroad can bring to a student, and today, I am going to provide my two cents’ worth on the matter. I studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan, and while many students choose to study ab...
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