How I read a book, thought of a project, and got Pomona to pay for it

By Laura Zhang ‘19 Believe me, if someone had told me when I came to Pomona that I would spend my summer after junior year working on a 5-week project with an animal welfare organization in northern Vietnam I wouldn’t have believed them for a second. Now, in my senior year, I’ve had the experience of taking a transformative class that led to an amazing opportunity abroad. ...
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The Consortium: Pomona’s Community in Claremont

By Sarah Binau '19 Pomona wouldn’t be Pomona without the Claremont Consortium. The collaboration and sharing of diverse ideas, beliefs, and approaches to education that comes with working so closely with the other schools makes Pomona’s participation in the 5C system integral to what it means to be a Sagehen. Pomona’s home in the Claremont Consortium sets it apart from ot...
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Lessons from a Community College Transfer Student

By Blake Plante '19 It’s moments like sitting in front of a disheartened community college counselor when you realize how little is expected from you by this world. Don’t get me wrong. I met inspiring and encouraging people at community college, and it was their encouragement that gave me the confidence to aim high. But, like the motto of the TV show Community goes, if you g...
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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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