My Favorite Study Tools

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By Hayeon Lee ‘23 If you ever catch me studying in the library basement or having a study sesh with my friends at the Coop, you would immediately notice my highlighters, planner, and stationery strewn about on the table. I am obsessed with all things stationery, academic planners, study apps, and so on. I am that one person in the class with different highlighters for differ...
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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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Reflections on the 5Cs: Internships

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Featuring Kevin Song HMC ’24 By Hayeon Lee '23 Kevin Song  HMC ’24 and Hayeon Lee POM ’23 competing at FAR for the Mudd Amateur Rocketry Team. They’re the two students at the end, NOT looking at the camera.   Hi everyone! This is Hayeon Lee, a current senior English and Politics major attending Pomona College. I will interview a 5C student about a topic in th...
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A Taste of France in LA!

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By Arie Lewis-Pugh ‘26 Last week, I had the opportunity to go on a language excursion hosted by Pomona’s French language resident. We saw the play La Machine de Turing about Alan Turing, the man who solved the German enigma during the second World War and is also credited with creating the earliest version of a computer, which he called “thinking machines.” Though our exc...
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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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Adventuring Through Course Registration

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By Hayeon Lee ‘23 I remember my first registration time my first year of college, looking through the list of courses on the Pomona portal. I wanted to double major and knew one of my majors would be English. As my sponsor group and I sat in the computer lab searching through the courses, I found myself running across courses from other Claremont Colleges. How would I eve...
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My Manifesto as a Mother to My Unborn Child

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By Vids Hingad '25 I had the opportunity to take a gender and women’s studies class this semester. This was one of my final assignments for this class. This is a testament to the kind of learning we do at Pomona College. Dear child, There’s not a lot that I can say. There is nothing that your tiny hands can’t conquer: whether you decide to paint the world or hold...
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Roller Skating After a Chemistry Midterm? My Experiences in Pomona Scholars of Science

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By Giuliano Richetta ‘25 Taking a college class for the first time can seem daunting. I grew up hearing rumors about weed-out classes, huge lecture auditoriums, and professors who are not interested in getting to know you. A lot of times, the first response I got when I told people I wanted to major in STEM was “good luck!” Before being accepted to Pomona, I prepared myself ...
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Get some sleep! Play a song! Get that ice cream!

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By Emily Kim ‘25 Roughly two weeks ago, I finished my first year of college! This finals season was particularly tiring for me: on Monday I had a computer science exam (though I was glad to get it done early on in the week); on Tuesday I spent the entire day writing a final paper for my Jane Austen class; and Wednesday and Thursday were dedicated to finishing a project and s...
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How To Ask for Help When You’re Drowning in a Scary College Class

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By Seohyeon Lee ‘25 I was clueless about everything when I started my first year at Pomona. As an international student from South Korea, I didn’t know what to expect from going to college in the United States. I was happy to get into a good liberal arts college, but I was terrified that I would face a steep learning curve with very little preparation. Looking back, I did...
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