PE at the 5C’s

students playing playground games
By Chloe Mandel ’23 * During Fall 2020, when students are learning remotely, PE courses are still taking place online! When I first found out on a tour that two semesters of a PE class were required, my reaction wasn’t exactly positive. Years of middle-school and high-school gym classes meant that my non-athletic self associated PE with unpleasant state-mandated physical ...
Read More

A Runner’s Reflection

By Oluyemisi Bolonduro '23 My senior year of high school, I planned on quitting track. I doubted my capabilities too much to consider being a college athlete, so I was already anticipating the end to my competitive career. When it came to hurdles, my main event, I could never three-step through all ten hurdles (the shortest, most efficient number of steps between each hurdle...
Read More

Sagehen Tennis Triumphs in the Age of COVID-19

Tennis team at National Indoor Championships
By Jacinta Chen '21 In early March, the Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Tennis Team saw its journey to the Division III National Championship that would be held in St. Louis in late May abruptly ended by the spread of the novel coronavirus. Although my teammates and I were far from completing our spring season, I am immensely proud of how much we accomplished in 2020. After seven w...
Read More

Five Reasons Why I Love Being a Pomona-Pitzer Sagehen

By Jacinta Chen '21 I held my breath as I logged into my portal and opened up the admissions committee’s decision in February of 2017. A flurry of confetti filled my phone screen. I was ecstatic that I was going to be a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Tennis Team starting that fall. My first year at Pomona whizzed past and like every other student at Pomona, I’ve bee...
Read More

From the Acropolis to the Athens Lawn Tennis Club: Being a Student Athlete Abroad

By Arianna Chen '19 Tennis has always been a constant in my life and it shows. I'm pretty sure some people have only seen me in athletic wear and think that my tennis rackets are permanently glued to my hands like Thor and his hammer. Being a student-athlete has inevitably been central to my identity. My desire to study abroad has also been a constant in my life-the abili...
Read More

Remember the Sagehens

kyra swimmy
SCIAC To some, this simple acronym may seem rather underwhelming. It may sound vaguely suggestive of some reject allergy medication, or perhaps the newest dieting trend (likely focusing on eating cardboard flavored paste and/or avoiding meat, dairy, sugar, and anything else remotely edible). To me, and I think many others, it means so much more. It means four days o...
Read More

Physical Education for the Physically Uncoordinated: Ping Pong

(Disclaimer: I apologize for frequently writing about my physical uncoordination. Speaking of, I got my first bike injury of the semester not that long ago. My knee was scraped pretty badly. Sad face.) I never thought P.E. in college was a thing—it seemed so…juvenile to require students to exercise. Eughh. Like, what? Can’t us physically incapable people ever get a break...
Read More

Studying Abroad in Melbourne, Australia: Being an Athlete Abroad

One of my main/only concerns with going abroad initially was my sport. Swimming has been such an integral aspect of my college experience, from the exercise worked into my daily schedule to the close bonds I developed with my team. I was nervous about leaving the comfort, support, and structure of my friend group and of the daily routine swimming provided me. I wondered, would ...
Read More

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 ...
Read More

PE… in College?!

An aerial view of Strehle Track and the field where my Ultimate Frisbee class took place!
Before college, my experience with Physical Education (PE) classes was limited to synchronized warm-up exercises, running laps around tracks and fields, and the occasional treat of basketball/flag football/fill-in-the-blank ball. When I began perusing Pomona’s course catalog and general education requirements the summer before my first year, I stumbled upon the PE requiremen...
Read More