How To Make Friends At Pomona

Bryce running with his classmates through the gates, beginning of his first year
Bryce Kelly ‘23 This is decision season! People from all over the world are making the final choice to come to Pomona. After so much confusion and anxiety, congratulations on completing a chapter of your life and beginning a new one. Since you no longer have to worry about which college you’ll get into/attend, your brain might find something else to feel dread about in its p...
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A Few Recipes to Try (Now That You’re Living Away from Home)

hand holding plate of garlic shrimp on zucchini
By Bryce Kelly ‘23 Portland, Seattle, Claremont, Santa Fe, San Diego, and Tucson. Those are just a few places where many of the people I know are spending the semester. Not because they live there, no, rather the opposite. “Classes are online, so we might as well take them wherever we want” has become a philosophy popular amongst 5C students. But with neither dining hall sta...
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Awkward Beginnings

Sophia with 3 friends
By Sophia Augustine ‘23 When people back home ask me questions like “How was your first-year at college?” or “what are some words you would use to describe the college experience at Ponoma… Pamona...oh-oh POMONA, sorry about that…” I never really know what to say exactly because my answer differs every time. I do find myself always repeating the phrase “I absolutely loved it...
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Chloe’s Top 10 Favorite Dining Hall Desserts

man holding up cupcake
By Chloe Mandel ’23 As the proud owner of a humongous sweet tooth, there’s nothing that brings me joy and comfort at the Claremont Colleges’ dining halls like their desserts do. With that said, I bring you my official top 10 ranking of 5C dining hall desserts, the tempting offerings that have propelled me through exams and essays and sweetened days of relaxation. Apologies i...
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Just Another Tuesday

illustration of a pig in gladiator helmet
By Bryce Kelly ‘23 Illustrations by Teodelina Martelli '23 My housemate just knocked on my door, walked into my room, proceeded to rant about the meaning of life for five minutes, walked back into the hall, and closed the door behind him. This is the fourth day in a row he’s done something like that. Yesterday the talk was about the ego and the id. The day before that, ps...
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My Roommate and I: Two Sides of the Same Coin

palm trees
By Ebenezer Mensah ‘23 On paper, my roommate and I couldn’t be more different. He was raised in Connecticut, went to high school in Maine, and, like the quintessential American child, grew up watching superhero TV series like “Ben 10.” I, on the other hand, grew up in Sepaase, a small town in Ghana, a country in West Africa, going to farm. In simple words, we grew up worlds ...
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To Cheese, or Not to Cheese?

Sophia and her spiblings
By Sophia Augustine ‘23 One of my fondest memories of my entire freshman year (as trivial and silly as it may sound) was taking my very first bite of creamy, delectable mac ’n cheese at Harvey Mudd’s Hoch-Shanahan dining hall. The “long” walk (all the 5Cs are located within a single square mile of each other…) that my friends and I usually never dared to embark on was co...
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Everything Oldenborg

students dining at Oldenborg
By Chris Meng '23 The Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages and International Relations is a handful to say, so most students just refer to it as Oldenborg or Oldie for short. Built in 1966, Oldenborg is incredibly unique to Pomona, especially because we are a small college, as it is one of the only buildings that combines an international student center and language center ...
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Enjoying Alone Time

3 students in dorm room
By Hayeon (Kayla) Lee ‘23 During the first few weeks of my freshman year of Pomona, there were four questions that I was consistently asked when I met a new person: What is your name? Where are you from? What’s your dorm? Who’s your roommate? I could answer all of these questions quite quickly. My name is Hayeon Kayla Lee. I’m from Los Angeles but spent my h...
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The Chronicles of “MUDD2FRIED”

Sophia's sponsor group at beach
By Sophia Augustine ‘23 As I’m sure you all know from doing your extensive Pomona research (and from many of my peers’ blog posts) all the first-years at Pomona are placed into groups called “sponsor groups,” which consist of the people you live in a hallway with your first year. Two sophomores (or, in my special case, three because our sponsor group was super cool like that...
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