The Best Last-Minute Decision of My Life

Siena with friends on Claremont hike
By Siena Swift ‘22 My journey to Pomona College seems to be a little different from those around me. A lot of my friends applied early decision or knew that Pomona was one of their top choices. In my case, I applied to Pomona on a whim of sorts. My dad suggested that I check out the Claremont Colleges because he knew of them from attending UCLA. However, I had my heart set o...
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Making a Change For the Better

Sunrise members protesting
By Ben Reicher ‘22 When I started college, there was a lot I didn’t know, and I’m sure there still is. But I knew that there were a lot of problems in the world, and I knew I couldn’t just stand by and watch them happen. I knew the planet was on fire, and that I had to do what I could, no matter how small, to help extinguish the flames. If you’re an incoming or prospectiv...
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Icky Introductions

Move-In Day crowd
By Oluyemisi Bolonduro ‘23 “What’s your name?” “Oluyemisi.” “Do you have a nickname?” “No, just Oluyemisi.” “Can I give you a nickname?” “No, I don’t do nicknames.” My whole life prior to Pomona, I went by a nickname; it was how I tried to assimilate. It was a tool I used to make people comfortable when interacting with me. I decided to go by my full name, ...
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Farewell Freshman Year

Sophie and friend at sand volleyball area
By Sophia Augustine ‘23 It was that time of the week again: my beloved lunch at Claremont McKenna’s Collins Dining Hall (the third best dining hall in my opinion). Collins Dining Hall is nestled perfectly on the border of Pomona’s and Claremont McKenna’s campuses, providing the ideal place for my friends and I to indulge in a delectable lunch on Friday afternoons after an ex...
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Choose Pomona and Be Ready

Honnold Library stacks
By Ebenezer Mensah ‘23 It has been almost a year since I gained acceptance to Pomona, but I still remember reading my acceptance letter as if it happened yesterday. I still remember the shriek of laughter from my English teacher that pierced the still night when she read the letter, my teary eyes as I stared blankly at the computer screen, and the several times I spent readi...
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Coming Back Home

A trip to Little Tokyo, Los Angeles with my ID1 Class, Mirroring Japan/ese America
Hayeon Lee '23 I am originally from Los Angeles but attended a boarding high school in Connecticut for four years. Although I enjoyed the four years that I spent on the east coast for high school, I had always known that I wanted to come back to Los Angeles for college and that I felt most at home on the West Coast. However, after college decisions came out in March o...
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Deciding How to Spend My Time

By Chris Meng '23 My first semester at Pomona College finished not too long ago, and it absolutely flew by. I realized that there are some small but significant distinctions between college and high school. For example, there is no detention for being late. Nobody will chase you around to turn in your work, go eat food or even get out of bed. Professors might send a concerne...
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Religion on Campus

making hamantaschen
By Danny DeBare ‘22 On my gap year in Ecuador, I spent Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) in a church–I figured I could only get more “religious” from there during my first year here at Pomona. Religion was a very big part of my childhood. Going to Hebrew school twice a week for seven years, having a Bar Mitzvah, and participating in a Jewish youth group throughout high sch...
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Falling in Love … With a Guitar

My battle vest, covered with patches of bands I like, baseball teams, and art made by me and my friends
By Tristan Latham ‘23 Music has always played a large role in my life. I’ve played electric guitar since I was in 1st grade and have always loved classic rock and heavy metal. When I came to Pomona, I knew I would continue to follow these interests but with the greater access of the college I wanted to do a little more. Since I’ve gotten here, I have been able to redi...
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What You Need to Know About Deferral/Rejection

Daphne cuddling Petey
By Daphne Chapline '22 I knew I wanted to go to Pomona almost immediately after arriving on campus for my first visit. Something about it just felt right; all the students I talked to were so kind, helpful, and extremely willing to talk about their passions on and off campus. I was drawn to the idea of small class sizes and close professor relationships, the collaborative st...
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