A Summer in the Land of the Midnight Sun

By Sarah Binau ‘19 It’s July 1st, and I’m on an Alaska Airlines jet headed to Bethel, Alaska, to work for the town’s Cultural Center and live with a Pomona friend. I land on Bethel’s only runway in a 50-degree drizzling rain. “Remote” and “rural” begin to take on new meanings. The town of 6,000 has one main road (warped by the melting permafrost below), a gallon of orange ju...
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The “Abroad” in Study Abroad

By Libby Rose ‘19 (second of two posts by Libby Rose about studying abroad) During my study abroad program at University College London (UCL), I had four weeks off after classes ended to travel, and I learned so much about myself through that experience. I went on a European tour with two of my friends who were studying abroad at Cambridge. In just two weeks, we went to B...
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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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When Privilege and Oppression Intersect

By Marie-Emmanuelle Tano '21 My name is Marie-Emmanuelle Tano. I am an Ivorian-American, and I am privileged. As an undisputed American citizen, born and raised in North Atlanta, I have never had to worry about legal privileges in being able to qualify for things like state insurance and government aid. Additionally, I have never had to defend my right to live in this cou...
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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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Five Reasons Why I Love Being a Pomona-Pitzer Sagehen

By Jacinta Chen '21 I held my breath as I logged into my portal and opened up the admissions committee’s decision in February of 2017. A flurry of confetti filled my phone screen. I was ecstatic that I was going to be a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Tennis Team starting that fall. My first year at Pomona whizzed past and like every other student at Pomona, I’ve bee...
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The Over-Enrolled Student

By Blake Plante '19 What started as a mission to diversify myself became an addiction. At first, excited by so many course offerings and disappointed that I was limited to only a few, I decided not to worry myself with limits and filled my schedule with an unwise quantity of courses. I’ve since taken 68 college classes. Here are a few things I’ve learned about over-enroll...
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Tips for Incoming New Students (or, Mistakes I’ve Made Over the Past Three Years)

By Cheryl Yau '19 As one of the Head Mentors for the International Student Mentor Program (ISMP), I have had the opportunity to interact with many new students. Questions I’m often asked include: what would you have done differently? What do you wish you had known as a new student? Unsurprisingly, there are many things I wish someone had told me, and, with that, here is Cher...
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Studying Abroad … Again?

By Cheryl Yau '19 31 Dec 2017. I board an almost empty plane at Changi Airport, Singapore. Strike of midnight, and I am in transit at Doha Airport, Qatar. 1 Jan 2018. Here I am, in Cape Town, South Africa. I exit immigration to find a little crowd waiting for me—our (brilliant) program coordinator, Pieter, and some of the other students on the program who've arrived s...
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