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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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OMGGGG: You’ve Been Admitted!

This is a post for all of the no longer "prospective students" but  for the future attendees of some of the best and most elite colleges and universities in the country. I know you all are about to embark on a monthlong breakdown full of college admitted student day trips, getting to know new people and places, [insert college name here] Class of 2019 Facebook group notificatio...
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From Sea to Shining Lake

In order to survive…you try to recreate, as well as you can, your normality, some sense of things continuing. Whenever I’m reading, if there is a sentence or paragraph that resonates with me in particular, I put the book aside and start reflecting upon it. Such was the experience when I reached the above sentence in Jeanne Wakatsuki’s A Farewell to Manzanar for ID1 reading. I ...
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District of Humidity (Round Two)

Hello Sagehens! If you're reading this and are a current or recent grad student, congrats; you survived your freshmen/sophomore/junior/senior year! If you're an alum, thank you for hosting me in San Francisco during spring break for Pomona's Alternabreak, single-handedly making college affordable for me, and reading yet another summer intern's blog. Sophomore year is finally...
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