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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Combining Queer Theory and Pipetting Bacterial Cultures

My summer internship with Planned Parenthood Great Plains, working in the reproductive justice sector
By Calder Hollond ‘21 When I came to Pomona, I thought I was going to be an English major. That’s what I had told all my family and friends before I left home, what I told all my new friends at Pomona during the initial “What are you planning on majoring in?” small talk, and what I made sure to enroll in during course registration. What I hadn’t planned on was that after the...
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The Beautiful Flexibility of a Small(ish) School

Chris Meng with his admit letter
By Chris Meng ‘23 Pomona College has all the amazing perks of a small school without sacrificing the overwhelming variety of resources of a bigger college. If it weren’t for the flexibility and spirit of exploration built into the values of Pomona, I wouldn’t be here today as a first-year student. Let me tell you about my winding path to Pomona. To begin, I wasn’t accepte...
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The 47 Bond

Cecil on Carnegie steps
By Danny DeBare ‘22 In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Pomona College is OBSESSED with the number 47. Why? Beats me. If you go to the Wikipedia page and listen to donor speeches, you might find “a reason,” but don’t believe it’s worthy of every advertisement campaign and piece of apparel this college promotes. But, whether I like it or not, this prime number reminds me ...
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The Claremont Community

Daphne at Bert & Rocky's
By Daphne Chapline '22 One rainy Sunday morning, I was walking back to campus from a yoga class at Claremont Yoga when I heard someone yell, “Daphne, wait!” I turned around and saw a staff member of Bert and Rocky’s, an ice cream shop in the Claremont Village. I ran inside the shop, she handed me some pumpkin bread and said “Here, on me!” As I ate my pumpkin bread, I chatted...
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A Letter for Incoming Black Students, from a Black Student

By Ebere Amadi '22 It was a 47-minute car ride from my house to Pomona College on Move-In Day, August 25th, 2018. I drove down the 60 freeway with a car full of family, luggage, and Frank Ocean’s nostalgic tunes. As the familiar melodies of Ivy and Nights boomed through my speakers, I almost cried as Frank beautifully sang “we’ll never be those kids again” because it was tru...
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Questions I Wish People Asked Me on Tours

Danny giving a tour
By Danny DeBare ‘22 Giving a tour can be really fun. When you have a group that isn’t too big–but just big enough to have a wide variety of interests and perspectives– that’s when the best energy and information flow. On the flip side, sometimes my tours resembles an audio guide, a voice in your ears that sort of just talks at you when meandering through a vaguely historical...
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The Value of the Freshman Critical Inquiry Seminar

ID1 class dinner
By Jacinta Chen ’21 Some of the best memories I have at Pomona come from ID1. What is ID1? Pomona’s Critical Inquiry Seminar, better known on campus as ID1, is a required writing and discussion-based seminar all first-years take during their first semester at the College. The approximately 30 sections are taught by faculty from across the disciplines and engage student...
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“You Can Truly Reinvent Yourself in College”

field trip to archaeology museum
By Daphne Chapline ‘22 While visiting other colleges, I was astonished to hear that, in many places, you need to know your major as soon as you apply, and students find it extremely difficult to switch majors once they have declared. As a young person, I find it scary to think that at such a formative time in our development, we have to make a (somewhat) pivotal decision abo...
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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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