Drawing Conclusions (A Pomona Pals Retrospective)

cartoon images of Ben and Brandolyn
By Ben Baraga ‘24 I don’t know how to draw. My hand’s way too shaky, it’s a lot of work, and half the time I don’t have the confidence to start on a project, let alone keep going after I make a mistake. But the funny thing about the pandemic, especially the pandemic during summer vacation, is that it forces you into such deep boredom that you’re willing to give every failed ...
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What Time Is It? DECISION TIME

singer Lucky Daye with microphone
By Sonam Rikha ‘24 “AHHHHH I GOT IN!” We’ve all heard the screams, we’ve all watched the reaction videos, and some of us have even screamed those same words ourselves. The college application process is tough: which schools should I apply to? Who should I ask to write my letter of recommendation? Can I even afford to go to this school? Though for some, the decision proces...
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Zoom University: College of Pomona

Friends from French, featuring Oliver bunny
By Oluyemisi Bolonduro ‘23 Did you know I’ve never had my first day of classes on Pomona’s campus? Freshman year I started the semester walking to my class at CMC with my roommate, who was walking to Pitzer. This time around, we were chillin’ in our rooms at home, and I sent her a message that said, “annnddd this year it’s on zoom :,,,))”. I don’t know anybody who genuinely ...
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“The New Normal”: Model UN in the Era of COVID

Members of MUN on steps of Carnegie Hall
By Bryce Kelly ‘23 I was elected Secretary General of Pomona College Model United Nations three weeks before all students had to evacuate campus. COVID-19 was something we’d only heard about in news stories and memes, but now we were going home, spreading out all across the country, with no clue as to when we’d return. As time went on, and it became more and more clear ju...
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It’s Really Not About the Major

TSL staff second year
By Siena Swift ’22 These days, most high school students are pressured to decide on a major, if not an academic field, before applying to college. Many colleges or universities require you to apply into a major or school within the university, and transferring into a different major can often be difficult. I personally didn’t think about these issues when applying to college...
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Making a Change For the Better

Sunrise members protesting
By Ben Reicher ‘22 When I started college, there was a lot I didn’t know, and I’m sure there still is. But I knew that there were a lot of problems in the world, and I knew I couldn’t just stand by and watch them happen. I knew the planet was on fire, and that I had to do what I could, no matter how small, to help extinguish the flames. If you’re an incoming or prospectiv...
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How to Start a Club (It’s Really As Easy As the Tour Guides Make It Sound)

club meeting
By Danny DeBare ‘22 When touring Pomona as a prospective student, I distinctly remember the part about clubs. From “250 clubs to join throughout the 5Cs”, to “half a million dollars the Pomona student body doles out,” clubs ground many students’ experience at Pomona. And truly, if you want to create a new experience or bring together a group of students for the first time, f...
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Why Did I Choose Pomona?

Professor Edray Goins
By Myles Ashitey ‘22 Coming from a small boarding school in southeastern Pennsylvania, I didn’t want to stray too far from my comfort zone when choosing a college. Also high on my list of importance was ensuring that my college education was affordable to me. As it turned out, Pomona was one of the only schools I applied to that offered me a viable financial aid package, whi...
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KSPC: Why I Love Tuesday Mornings

KSPC walls with T-shirts
By Becky Zhang ‘22 Last spring semester, I started volunteering as a music DJ for the Claremont Consortium’s radio station, KSPC 88.7 FM. The station primarily features Underground music (that is, music from independent labels) ranging from folk to alternative, to jazz, to classical, to hip hop, and broadcasts a couple of news and talk shows throughout the week as well. (You...
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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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