Sage Advice for First Years

By Geraldine Castaneda '21 Since I'll be an RA (Resident Advisor) this year, I don't have a sponsor group or 20 first years with whom to share all this golden knowledge, so it's just going to have to go out to everyone. I know at this point you’re hearing a million different things about how to survive college, but Pomona really is a unique place, and your college experie...
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How Hard Is Pomona?

By Diana Rodriguez ‘19 As a summer intern in the Admissions Office who has been giving campus tours, I hear this question a lot: “how hard is Pomona?” I figure this is a question many prospective students have about Pomona, so let me attempt to answer it. The short answer is that Pomona is pretty hard. There will be tear stains on papers and tests as well as many all-nigh...
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Pomona’s Alternative Music Festival

By Toran Langford ‘21 New to campus? Like music but can’t afford or don’t want to buy into mainstream festivals? Welp, Nochella is just for you! Let me explain a little background. SO WHAT IS NOCHELLA ANYWAY? The Nochella Music Festival was created by the Pomona Events Committee (PEC)  which is under the Live Arts Committee that plans concerts and performances, in coll...
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The Sun Has Blue in It

By Blake Plante ‘18 By the time I get home from our small family business in the evening, the swelling buds on the cactus are all shriveled and dead. I check Facebook briefly. Another friend is going to France. I'm going to write a damn book, I tell myself. In my second and last summer at Pomona, I'm home. I've left behind a life I'd made for myself during a semester in D...
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Did You Hear the One About …?

By Jeff Friedman ‘19 I get to tell jokes for my summer research. And I don’t mean pun-making before hunkering down to grind out an experiment. I mean I literally get to tell jokes and do research about it. Not just any jokes—à la the interdisciplinary nature of the liberal arts, I’m researching the history of Jewish humor, comedy that deals with tragic topics like the Hol...
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The “Study” in Study Abroad

By Libby Rose '19 I have just arrived back in the States after my six-month-long study abroad program in London, studying neuroscience at University College London (UCL). What an experience! The academics were so different from those at Pomona. In London, I took really cool classes for my neuroscience major such as Developmental Neurobiology and Cellular Neurophysiology. The...
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“You’re a Cog Sci major? What’s that?”

By Sarah Binau '19 I came to Pomona thinking I wanted to study Psychology, English, or History: the subjects I enjoyed in high school. I took an upper-division Psych class my first semester, having passed through the introductory course from an AP credit. I loved the class, and I liked the other Psych majors I met in the course. But, even though I loved it, I felt I was miss...
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Spring Blooms

By Cynthia Cuellar '21   If you peek closely in the crevices of Pomona’s campus, there are buds of color peeking their way out from the green foliage. On any given day, they may go unnoticed. And then almost magically, you start noticing their whimsical fragrance interlacing with the everyday gusts of wind. It may seem magical as to how these blooms appear overnig...
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Sardines in the Library

By Eric Gofen '19 The sponsor program at Pomona pairs groups of ten to twenty first-year students with two to three returning students who serve as mentors—both academically and beyond. My second year, I was a sponsor. Cris Woroch, my first-year roommate, became something of a Spuncle (Sponsor uncle) to my sponsor group, and he introduced us to the game Sardines. We first pl...
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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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