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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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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Why I Defied, Rather Than Deferred

Nelia and her sister with donuts
By Nelia Perry ‘24 I was excited to start college before even entering high school. I went on my first college visit when I was in seventh grade—okay, it was technically for my older brother, but bear with me. Watching my two older siblings go through the visiting and touring, essay writing, applying, deciding and eventually leaving phases of the journey to college I eage...
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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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Two Years, Five Highlights

light show at concert
By Siena Swift ‘22 Since Pomona College announced we would be online only for the fall semester, I’ve been reflecting a lot about my time at college. I have a big decision ahead of me: should I take online classes or take a leave of absence from college and hope that I’ll be back on campus soon? Thinking about some of my favorite memories from my first two years at Pomona, a...
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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...
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“Alexa, Play Yosemite by Travis Scott”

Sophia and friends swimming in Yosemite Falls
By Sophia Augustine ‘23 "OA, OA, OA. OA, OA, OA!!” The booming chants of the Pomona students traveled all across campus, gaining volume as us first-years filed anxiously into the Greek Theatre on South Campus, eagerly awaiting instructions and information regarding  Orientation Adventure, also known as “OA.” “OA, OA, OA. OA, OA, OA!” The merry yells of the OA leaders seem...
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Coast to Coast: Journey from Uniformity to Diversity

Sophia and friends from Fall POP on quad
By Sophia Augustine ‘23 Realizing the uniformity of my predominantly white, suburban town in the middle of Northern New Jersey (91% white, 5.47% Hispanic or Latinx, and 1.84% Asian) was quite an infuriating and frustrating experience. Living in Mendham New Jersey for my entire life, with the exception of my family’s brief move to Southern California for a year, has provided ...
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Southern California Weather: What’s It Really Like?

blue skies with palm trees
  By Chloe Mandel ’23 Coming from the Northeast, I pictured Southern California as the warm, sunny paradise depicted in movies and TV shows. Though I expected some cold nights, I mostly stuffed my suitcases for college with tank tops, jean shorts, and sandals, throwing in a few sweaters “just in case.” A few months into the semester, however, I realized just how surp...
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