The Bridge Between College and Home

By Nick Timms '21 My mom told me once (well, more than once) that I had two options: go to college or look for another place to call home. Naturally, I went with the first of the two choices. She knew that, following the clichéd mantra, college was the “key to success.” And I wanted to go myself. No longer having to ask her if I could go out, and being able to figure out all...
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You Do Not Know What You Do Not Know

By Cheryl Yau '19 A key aspect of a liberal arts education that I really relish is the serendipitous exposure to ideas and people I would have not actively sought out on my own. In my very first semester at college, I registered for a class that I thought was titled “Violence, Media and Transnational Justice.” I later found out during the first class that I had misread the c...
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Advice to Potential Pomona-ers

By Arianna Chen '19 Great! You’ve started your college search/gotten into Pomona (among other schools), and you’re trying to decide which college is right for you—congrats! As a soon-to-be senior and the host of numerous prospies, I’d like to think that my wealth of experience and reflections during my 3 years here qualify me to give you advice for choosing the right college...
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Home

By Cheryl Yau ‘19   Whenever I am asked about what I miss most about home, I hesitate–maybe a particular food dish? Singaporeans are known to be the most “culinarily homesick” people after all. Or is it my family, my bed, or the friends whose roots are inevitably tangled with mine? After a particularly thought-provoking seminar discussion in the spring semester of my...
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Forging Transnational Identity

By Joaquin Lorenzo Labio '20 A year and a half ago, amidst roaring cheers and flashing cameras, the class of 2020 ran through Pomona College's stone gates. Of the four hundred and eleven new faces, I was the only student from the Philippines. I felt a little special, yes, but also a little lonely. I realized no one else grew up like I did: bowls of sinigang, nights of kar...
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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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Top 8 Podcasts for Walking around Campus

By Lauren Schoen '20 Let’s be honest – walking around campus every single day can get a bit boring. For example, the 20-minute trek up to Harvey Mudd for Pizza Night is great, but sometimes your Spotify playlists just won’t cut it. Here is a solution: some of my favorite podcasts for listening to while walking around the 5Cs: 1. 99% Invisible: This impeccably produced pod...
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Is Life a Job Training Program?

by Lauren Schoen '20 College is not a job training program. Classes are not professional development. The clubs you join are not lines on a résumé. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I’m sure most of us can picture the same thing: the kindergarten teacher asking “what do you want to be when you grow up?” and then having to draw our future selves in a spacesuit, i...
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Ten Things to Look Forward to Your First Year at Pomona

Ten things to look forward to in your first year at Pomona College (in no particular order): by Jack Buyske '18 1. Fountaining What is fountaining, you ask? At some point during your first year, your sponsor group will gently lower you (read: drop you) into one of the many beautiful fountains around campus. This is traditionally done at midnight on one’s birthday, but if y...
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Loss as a College Student

Grammie and her fav grandchild Kyra
I've never been one to stay sad. It's not that I haven't had the occasional minor emotional breakdown (thanks, first year Chemistry) or fictional-character-related sobbing fit (in fact, I probably have had more than my fair share by now). It's just that being sad was just so much more exhausting than pulling myself together and sucking it up. The transition never seemed so d...
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