Strengthening My Voice Amid Stress as a Rising Senior

This semester, without doubt, has been another busy yet fulfilling one. Next week, for instance, will consist of an average of one public speaking engagement (e.g. admissions panel, hosting a federal judge)/final presentation each day for me. Amid all the stress and excitement, it is not too self-indulgent for me to reflect on some of the positive experience that I have had. I ...
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Student Recitals and Other Adventures

The first student recital of the 2015-2016 academic year happened on Wednesday, October 28th. It’s no secret that performance is not particularly my favorite activity and not especially my strong suit (due to stage fright and a propensity for unnecessarily dramatic facial expressions…), so I’m thoroughly pleased to report that not only did I perform in said recital, but also th...
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A First Year’s Time Capsule

I have officially finished the first half of the semester. My impressions of Pomona are fresh, and I would be lying if I said I felt completely at ease here. Being an international student, living in America is something I’m still not used to. Being at college, my new independence can feel overwhelming at times, and I am not yet sure how I will be able to call Pomona my new ...
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Campus Still Got It

Reading the other summer blog posts so far is a bit surreal. Boston? New York? Queensland? Well, that sounds exciting. Meanwhile, this summer I’ll be repping Pomona from… well, Pomona. I’m one of a couple hundred students staying on campus. Some are here as volunteers for PAYS, some are working for various offices and departments, and some (like me!) applied through the Sum...
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The Stress of De-stressing: Events at Pomona

Finals week: when picking a de-stressing event is the most stressful aspect of trying to de-stress. The hardest part about finals isn't really those impending exams and assignments - it's all the beautiful creative performances and events that I'm missing out on when I stay in to finish a Computer Science test program (essentially a take-home midterm to program SpaceInvaders...
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I Am in the Band

Today, as well as last Friday, Pomona College's band held a concert at Little Bridges Hall of Music, where it performed the pieces it'd been working on since the start of the semester. We performed eight pieces, ranging from tuba concerto to march, with a short intermission neatly placed in the middle. (more…)
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Founder’s Day: Marston Quad Gets a Makeover

As has been well documented already here on the blog, Sunday was the big 125th anniversary Founder’s Day celebration!  Despite the many emails sent out to the student body about the event, I didn’t know exactly what was going to be there for the big shebang.  It was quite delightful, then, on Thursday when all of the sudden a carousel was constructed in the middle of the qu...
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Humor in Hollywood

I’m from LA, I’ve been in the Pomona College orchestra since freshman year, and playing the viola for far longer, but until Thursday I had never been to see the LA Philharmonic.  So, when my mom wound up with a voucher for two free tickets to any LA Phil Tuesday or Thursday night concert at the Hollywood Bowl (their summer home) I invited a friend to come with me the first week...
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