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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Semester 1 at Pomona: First-Year Impressions

Embracing Freshman Year!
From my time at Pomona College as a first semester first-year student, I have had so many memorable moments and have learned so much, not only from my classes (Macroeconomics, Calculus, First Year Seminar, and Intermediate Spanish), but from many occasions beyond the classroom. As one of America’s foremost liberal arts institutions, Pomona College provides its students an ab...
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What I Wish I Hadn’t Learned

When I first came to Pomona, I was very concerned with how much I would have to learn. I imagined that I would have to cram in order to be academically prepared for my first semester, because I hadn't learned enough in high school. However, how much I had to learn paled in comparison to how much I had to unlearn. The bad habits, unconsidered assumptions, and false beliefs I ...
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The Motley Coffeehouse: Where I Spent the Last of my Flex

At what point does something become an obsession? That what I'm constantly wondering these days as I keep finding myself back at The Motley. Like way too many others, I often put off the majority of my homework for Sunday nights. But after working for a couple hours, there's no better way to take a break (or call it a night) than by going to the Motley at Scripps. Or eve...
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The Epic Economics Study Group

The Quantitative Skills Center provides whiteboards and quiet study space
9:00 p.m. As the minute hand was set to rejoin the number “12” on my watch, I found myself speeding up on my way from the Quantitative Skills Center (QSC) to Carnegie Hall. I was in between my Maths appointment with a QSC tutor and my Macroeconomics Principles Study Group session, which goes from 9:00 till 10:30 on Tuesdays, on a voluntary basis. The night sky looked bea...
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Exam Survival Guide

The end of the year is always tough. Major papers, studying for exams, trying to pack up stuff and finalize summer plans – it's hectic. After surviving the exam craziness one semester, and in honor of its commencement today, I offer you a guide to getting through the last week of the year. 1. The Coop Fountain The best place to hang out and study, and to get snacks! D...
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Time Management

Time is a resource. As finals approach, this resource apparently decreases in supply, increasing its value. Effective management of time is of the utmost importance. Thus, a list of tips for how to better manage your time: 1. Prioritize At the beginning of every week, take 15 minutes to write a list of your goals and duties, prioritizing each item. At the beginning of eve...
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The Final Ascent

Winter is coming. Indeed, if you're an avid Game of Thrones fan like myself, the eagerly anticipated Season 4 will be upon us in just a few months. Unfortunately, I have more pressing matters on my hands at the moment. I have to survive the actual blizzard of finals week (more like a week-and-a-half) just to make it to winter break when I can sleep. And sleep. And sleep ...
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The Epidemic Known as Finals

One thing I've always been proud of is my ability to be on top of my work at any given moment and not be overwhelmed. However, I have come to accept the fact that no one is immune to the fever that comes with Finals Season. Yes, dear readers, it is time. Maybe you could have denied it in early November, or even right until Thanksgiving, but now it's undeniable: finals are loomi...
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The Library: A Tale of Redemption

Since the commencement of freshman year, I have entertained an inexplicable fear of the library. The stark silence, the rows of academic journals and books and the general feeling of tense anxiety have intimidated me beyond measure. I entered the library just once freshman year, experienced breathing difficulties and promptly turned around, never to return again. That is...
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