Reflections On My Pandemic Gap Year

Emma Grace with a large piinting showing blue roots of tree
By Emma Grace Howlett ‘25 I had long looked forward to my high school graduation year, 2020, as a year of opportunity and excitement, not anticipating that many of my plans would have to be rewritten. Just as I never imagined I would live through a pandemic, I never envisioned myself taking a gap year - yet that is exactly what I did. Instead of attending Pomona College v...
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Fall Break in Joshua Tree

Abby and 3 friends on boulders
By Abby Munson ‘25 This fall, I spent my midterm season thinking about Joshua Tree; the promise of Fall Break was the light at the end of a hectic week of essays and exams. With two extra days off class, some friends from my first-year sponsor group planned a camping trip at Joshua Tree National Park, which is only about an hour and a half away from campus. On Sunday afterno...
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10 Favorite (Underrated) Spots on Campus

outdoor tables with sunshade
By Vids Hingad ‘25 We all know about Marston Quad, and Big Bridges and the Smith Campus Center. However, I wanted to share my personal favorite spots on campus. They are curated to give you a truly insider experience of Claremont’s most beautiful (and sunniest) places. Seaver Theatre roof It’s magical. That is how I will describe it. It feels like you have walked...
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Visit Joshua Tree Now

Bilal in front of Joshua Tree with explanatory sign
By Bilal Adamjee ‘24 “Dude, this place looks like a scene from Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner” and “Bro, those rocks look like my MacBook wallpaper” were the first comments my friends blurted out when we finally arrived at Joshua Tree National Park. Oh, to be a Gen Z-er. But seriously, during your time at Pomona College or Claremont in general, make the time to see Jo...
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The Wild National Parks Near Pomona

Emma Grace in a canyon
By Emma Grace Howlett ‘25 While life at Pomona College can be invigorating, I still look forward to breaks for a chance to explore off campus and recuperate from excessive studying. I spent both fall and spring breaks this year exploring the two national parks within reasonable driving distance of Pomona: Joshua Tree and Death Valley National Park. Coming from such a lush...
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