What Pomona Isn’t

Pomona is an incredible institution, so it makes sense that so much of what you hear about it is positive. If you like to measure the worth of things in rankings, we're #8 on the Forbes national list, #5 on the U.S. News & World Report liberal arts college list, #20 on The Daily Beast's list (#1 and #7 on the "Student Life" and "Campus Quality" sublistings, respectively), a...
Read More

47 Reasons Why Pomona is a Special Place

My sponsor group at the Walker Wall painting during Orientation Week!
One of the opportunities the Office of Admissions offers first-year students is the chance to be a Student Ambassador. After you apply, eight first-year students are chosen to give tours, host prospective students, coordinate events for the tour guide and overnight host programs, and collaborate with the Office of Admissions on other projects. The tour guiding aspect of bein...
Read More

For the Prospective Student Athlete

It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that I welcome you to a mystical, magical land of hope, wonder, and division 3 sports! But what does it really mean to be a student athlete? For a lot of serious high school athletes, division three athletics on paper can sound rather underwhelming. Coming from a year-round, intense club team in high school, I found that th...
Read More

Puerto Rico, ¿Por Favor?

Ah, spring semester. The sudden influx of eager, excited students back on campus, the sweet reunion of briefly separated pals, the even sweeter reunion of students and the dining halls, and the rediscovery of one's appreciation for that glorious Claremont sunshine. Oh, wait, that happened on January 1 for me. Several athletic teams stay on campus for a large part of the holi...
Read More

Working It Out

“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands; they just don’t.” In the wise words of Legally Blonde’s Elle Woods, exercise generates endorphins and endorphins increase happiness. Additionally, according to almost all doctors, exercise has the added benefit of improving physical health. As students return from Thanksg...
Read More

Diving Right In

"Get out of your comfort zone! Try new things!" I've always thought of these tired phrases as the most generic pieces of college advice, not one of those useful gems like "buy a lot of underwear so that you can maximize time between loads of laundry" or "don't take an 8 AM class." However, in the last couple weeks, I really have tried something completely new. I started diving....
Read More

Seal Beach

On The Loose (OTL) is Pomona’s outdoorsy club that helps students access mountains and canyons and deserts and all sorts of other nature-like places.  I, admittedly, don’t know a great deal about OTL, because I’ve never joined one of their trips before (and this will become yet another resource I’ll miss when I graduate that I didn’t milk to its full advantage.)  That said, I’m...
Read More

Gym Adventures

We’re two weeks into the spring semester, and it still feels pretty new.  At this point I could go on into how it’s my last semester at Pomona, etc etc, but I won’t.  Instead I will tell you about how even in my last semester there are still things at Pomona that are new for me.  Case in point: the weight room at the gym. (more…)
Read More

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...
Read More

“Students are required to pass one physical education activity course during their first year at the College”

One of Pomona College's graduation requirements forces students to pass one physical education activity course during their first year here. This really scared me before I got to Pomona. Other than marching band, which didn't count as PE at my high school, I'd never taken sport in my life. I remember random people joining the tennis team at my high school, so I thought I'd t...
Read More