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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Finals, Finals, Finals!

Wow, I can't believe I'm writing my final blog post of the semester.  I'm really having trouble fathoming that I am 1/2 of the way through my sophomore year already.  How did this happen!?  It honestly feels like a month ago that I came here for orientation committee.  I still remember completely my first day of classes, my first trip to the village, and my first meal of the ye...
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Fall Does Exist!

A lot of my friends here at Pomona are from far-off places.  Here in Southern California they often remark (complain?) that we don’t “have seasons”.  As a Los Angeles native I am here, armed with camera in hand, to prove that we do, in fact, have seasons. As some may have been surprised to find, Claremont is not sunny and warm all the time.  Now, I concede that our seasons are ...
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Premature Nostalgia

A dramatic cold front has settled upon Edinburgh (some might call it “Winter,”) and I’m both pleased and not-that-pleased.  I’m not-pleased because I’m chronically freezing, and I’m re-confronted with the thought I may be part reptile with each passing day.  However, I’m pleased, in some romantic sense, because I feel like I’m in some Northern fortress experiencing a real winte...
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Confessions of a Pomona College Tour Guide

I started as a Pomona College tour guide last semester.  It was one of those things I had dreamed about doing since I started taking tours in my sophomore year of high school. I always took what the tour guides said to heart, and trusted their opinions more than what the college ratings said or what admissions officers claimed.  Something about hearing from students directly al...
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SCAMFest!

Last night, the Claremont Shades hosted the 17th annual Southern California A Cappella Music Festival (SCAMFest) at Bridges Auditorium. Not only did it feature performances from eight 5-C A Cappella groups, but also from two groups from UCLA, "Bruin Harmony" and "Scattertones" as well as two from USC , "Reverse Osmosis" and "SoCal VoCals". The performers sang to a sold out B...
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Organic Chemistry Lab Adventures

Having many hours of lab is a normal part of life for undergraduate science majors. Almost every science class has attached to it a four hour lab.  I have two lab classes and therefore I spend a large portion of my afternoons in lab. On Mondays I have organic chemistry lab from 1-5.  Call me nerdy, but I love o-chem lab.  It all has to do with my lab professor, Professor Tom Va...
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