All of Campus is a Classroom

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By Emma Grace Howlett ‘25 Whether they overlook the Quad, lay nestled beneath an Oak tree, or hug the side of the stately Carnegie Building, outdoor classrooms offer a beautiful, natural environment in which to learn. As a precautionary measure against Covid last year, Pomona has set up various outdoor classrooms around campus. Learning outside the traditional classroom shif...
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An Ode to Teo’s Omelets

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By Porter Reyes ‘24 This year, one of Pomona’s two dining halls–Frank Dining Hall–changed its schedule, which much of the student body is excited about. Sundays through Thursdays, Frank now offers brunch from 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM! This is GREAT news for late risers (like yours truly) and people like me who really enjoy Frank’s brunch menu. Undoubtedly, my favorite menu item i...
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Midnight Walks Around The 5Cs

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By Young Seo Kim ‘26 You’re one of the 50 Pomona College first-year students who came early to campus. It’s nighttime, and you’re bored. The Village is closed and you and your friends don’t own a car to travel outside of Claremont. What’s a better idea than going out at night and walking around campus with your friends? It was my third night in Claremont. After going thro...
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Study Break Ideas for Finals Season

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By Serena Lin ‘25 With finals season in full swing, here are some of my favorite, easy ways to practice self-care during your next study break. Savor Stillness There are many quiet spots on campus where you can sit and just enjoy a few moments of silence and be present. One of my favorites is taking a tiny sketchbook and drawing in the Skyspace. You can also tr...
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Approaching Normalcy

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By Porter Reyes ‘25 Being a first-year at Pomona last year was weird. We were getting close to “normal,” but the pandemic’s effect on the first-year experience was tangible. This year, however, things are different for the new first-year class and the entire student body as Pomona approaches normalcy. Staples of life at Pomona, such as Orientation Adventure, cross-campus...
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A First-Year’s Largely Unhelpful Guide to Showing Your Family Around Campus

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By Emma N. ‘26 A couple weeks ago, my family came to visit. Since I’m an international student, that was the first time they’ve made the trip “across the pond” to see the place I now call home, the first time they got to see Pomona College with their own eyes, rather than through FaceTime. I was overjoyed, of course, and incredibly grateful that they were able to come to visit...
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An Unforgettable Halloween

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By Sonam Rikha '24 I stopped celebrating Halloween in 7th grade. What once was a fun time to dress up and stuff myself with candy became a regular, uneventful day. So when Halloween rolled around this year, I expected my normal wave of apathy to rush in. While I’d heard of Halloween parties and events being prominent in college, I underestimated how much fun Halloween weeken...
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Harwood Lounge, a Pomona Gem

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By Bilal Adamjee ‘24 Harwood Lounge will forever be for me a place of fond memories, fun, and new beginnings in coming to Pomona College. After finishing my first year on campus as a sophomore (my first year was spent remote), I can only look back at the moments I’ve had with friends and see what I think is a microcosm of what Pomona College offers. The Lounge itself—the ...
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A Letter to My First-Year Self

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By Serena Lin ‘25 Tip #4: It's ok to fail … cut yourself some slack. (To be continued…) Throughout my first year, I started the practice of writing weekly letters to myself to celebrate, commiserate, and collect meaningful moments. As I completed my first month of my sophomore year, I decided to write a letter to my first-year self. Hopefully, you'll find some of thi...
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Pomona’s Dining Trio: Frank, Frary, and Flex

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By Emily Kim ‘25 As a summer fellow for Pomona’s admissions office, I frequently get asked about dining. “How’s the food?” students ask, followed by the parents’ concerned inquiries: “Will my child go hungry here?” In response, I reassure the students that the dining options are tasty and plentiful, and the parents that their children will have a variety of dishes to choo...
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