Thoughts from Spring Break 2013–Almost Halfway Through!

Today is the first official day of spring break 2013.  It's crazy to think that in 2 short months, I'll officially be a junior!  I'm pretty sure I make a comment about how fast college is going every single time we have a break, but this time it's a lot more unbelievable.  My friends  studying abroad fall of junior year have heard for sure what countries they'll be going to; th...
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Stop and Listen

Today I saw a hummingbird hovering by a flowering bush.  I heard a bird call, and if I knew birdcalls I could tell you what it was, but I don’t so I can’t.  Both of these birds made me think about something I probably already knew or should have known but probably brushed off: being able to stop and listen and reflect is really important.  I often come to interesting conclusion...
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The Pomona College Mentoring Program

While I have yet to officially decide my future career path, I have been leaning more and more towards becoming a neuroscience professor.  I've known for a long time that I enjoy teaching others, but it wasn't until I came to Pomona that I realized teaching neuroscience was something I could really see myself making a career out of.  When the opportunity came up to become a gen...
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So…I Guess I’m Graduating?

I remember pretty clearly that day three and a half years ago when I first came to Pomona.  We managed to fit everything into my parents’ minivan somehow and drove the hour out to Claremont from home.  I met my sponsor group, my then six-year-old brother dragged my brand new roommate all around, and we ran down College with the Pomona mascot.  Back in August 2009, “Class of...
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A Typical Meal at the Dining Halls

Meals at Pomona are some of my favorite parts of the day.  In fact, it's not rare for me to plan out my next meal before I even leave the dining hall from the previous one.  I thought I'd outline a typical meal time since some of my fondest memories at Pomona have taken place within the walls of the dining halls. Step 1: Swipe in.  Not a big deal five days out of the week, b...
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The Benefits of Modern Technology–Skyping Across the Ocean

55-60% of all Pomona students study abroad, usually in their junior year.  I thought I'd start this post with this factoid I always tell my groups when I give tours.  I think this says a lot about Pomona and the globally engaged community of students that it creates.  Pomona makes it easy to study abroad--- with tons of programs in a multitude of countries, even some major spec...
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Family Weekend 2013

This past weekend was Family Weekend at Pomona.  From Friday to Sunday, families of students can participate in various activities from attending classes on Friday to enjoying a Jazz Brunch at Frary on Sunday morning.  Family Weekend, in my opinion, is one of the cutest parts of the entire school year.  I love walking around and watching students show their parents around, over...
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Humanities and Hard Science–A Match Made at Pomona

I've known for a long time that I want to pursue some type of career in science.  When I was in elementary school, I always told people I wanted to be a doctor.  Sometime in high school, and especially during my first year at Pomona, that desire morphed into a desire to pursue a research-based career, specifically in neuroscience. That hasn't changed--my passion for neuroscienc...
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Bad at Badminton and Other Revelations of the New Semester

Ahhh, so here we are again.  Another semester has begun and with it comes new classes, new professors, new sleep schedules, and of course a stocked up pantry in my dorm (though I'll admit, it has only been a week and the amount of food in my room is already way less than a week ago).  Even though the semester is still young, I have already learned several things. First, to p...
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