“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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A Tour of The Claremont Colleges’ Dining Halls

students around table with flag of China
By Deanna Han ‘23 One of the big concerns incoming college students have is food. Is the food good? Will I get sick of the food? Are there a lot of options? Fear not! While Pomona is small with only around 1,600 students, it is a part of The Claremont Colleges, consisting of five undergraduate colleges (the 5Cs) in the same square mile! In total, there are 7 dining halls sha...
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The Benefits and Drawbacks of Online Learning

Carnegie Hall
By Chloe Mandel ‘23 When Pomona first announced that students would be completing the second half of the spring 2020 semester online, I felt an immediate sense of dread as I thought back to my experience using an online program in high school. In ninth grade, when my family decided to temporarily leave my small town in Connecticut and travel in Europe, I took five online cla...
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Favorite Foods: Claremont Village Edition

a pizza
By Siena Swift ’22 When The Claremont Colleges announced in March that classes would be going online and I was packing up to move home, there were many things I was worried about. But one thing that didn’t cross my mind was how much I would miss eating food that I didn’t cook myself. In fact, I was excited to get to cook and bake again at home. But after three months of being ...
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Picking Pomona

Friends lying on grass drinking from plastic cup
By Oluyemisi Bolonduro '23 The following post includes four core reasons why I picked Pomona. After writing my last blog, Pomona, Progress, and the Pandemic, you may be wondering, "why this specific topic after you just expressed your hate for Pomona??" Well, if you read the post then you know I don't hate a lot of things, Pomona included! Though I will admit, this post is a...
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Why I Like a Semester System

students in conga line outside
By Danny DeBare ‘22 When looking for a college that fits well, many prospective students choose to focus on specific fields of study. After all, we are talking about college, a place you go to study a subject matter. When deciphering what size and style of university (liberal arts, research university, vocational school, community college, etc.) fits best with a desired area...
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My Father’s Dreams

drone shot of Pomona campus
By Ebenezer Mensah '23 When I read my admission letter to Pomona, the first person I thought of was my father. Born a few years before Ghana gained independence, he grew up in a society where education was seen as a tool for alienating children from their traditional values. His father refused to send him to school, but his mother enrolled him at a local school. His father a...
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A Pitch for the Liberal Arts

students having dinner at a professor's house
By Chris Meng ‘23 “Why would you choose Pomona over a more well-known school?” As a tour guide and summer fellow for the admissions office, my peers and I discuss the most common questions we get during tours and other interactions with prospective students, and this is one of them. While my neighbors in Pennsylvania may not know Pomona, graduate schools and employers cer...
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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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