A Magical Experience: Pomona’s Harry Potter-Themed Dinner

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By Sonam Rikha ’24 Universal Studios isn’t the only place where you can try the legendary butter beer from Harry Potter. In a matter of twenty-four hours, what once was Frary dining hall—a cafeteria for Muggles––is transformed into the magical cafeteria of Hogwarts. Banners of the four Hogwarts houses hang above the long rows of tables. Upon entrance, you are greeted by dini...
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The Claremont Colleges: The Unrivaled Consortium

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By Linda Phan ‘24 College consortiums—a cluster of academic institutions that share resources amongst their students, such as classes—are notable opportunities that attract students. Why not? Consortiums promote expanded educational specialization and exploration. Five Colleges (Amherst College, Smith College, U Mass Amherst, Hampshire College, and Mt. Holyoke College) and t...
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Bagel Envy: Getting Creative in the Dining Halls

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By Nelia Perry '24 Everyone arrives at Pomona with a different expectation for the food. Some people’s parents are avid cooks, so they are destined to miss home-cooked meals. Some people are avid cooks themselves and are sad to no longer be cooking (they luckily have the advantage of using Pomona’s residence halls kitchens). Other students are eager to try being vegan for th...
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It’s the Culture for Me

Spring POP students in shuttle van
By Sonam Rikha ’24 Ever since I was a little kid, I dreamed of going to Los Angeles and walking down Hollywood Boulevard. When, as a high school senior, I stepped out of the LAX airport, I was greeted by California palm trees and the L.A. heat. Even though Pomona is in Claremont, 35 miles from the glamorized city of Los Angeles, the laid back and sunny environment in Claremo...
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Not an Ordinary Breakfast

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by Sophia Augustine ‘23 “Professor Abrams, would you like to grab a meal sometime?” First-semester first years, my friend and classmate Emily and I sent this email to our remarkable Intro to Cognitive Science professor, Lise Abrams.  Although class sizes are very small, and a massive part of Pomona’s appeal is the supposedly tight-knit relationships between students and p...
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Chloe’s Top 10 Favorite Dining Hall Desserts

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By Chloe Mandel ’23 As the proud owner of a humongous sweet tooth, there’s nothing that brings me joy and comfort at the Claremont Colleges’ dining halls like their desserts do. With that said, I bring you my official top 10 ranking of 5C dining hall desserts, the tempting offerings that have propelled me through exams and essays and sweetened days of relaxation. Apologies i...
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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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Everything Oldenborg

students dining at Oldenborg
By Chris Meng '23 The Oldenborg Center for Modern Languages and International Relations is a handful to say, so most students just refer to it as Oldenborg or Oldie for short. Built in 1966, Oldenborg is incredibly unique to Pomona, especially because we are a small college, as it is one of the only buildings that combines an international student center and language center ...
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A Tour of The Claremont Colleges’ Dining Halls

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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 Chronicles of “MUDD2FRIED”

Sophia's sponsor group at beach
By Sophia Augustine ‘23 As I’m sure you all know from doing your extensive Pomona research (and from many of my peers’ blog posts) all the first-years at Pomona are placed into groups called “sponsor groups,” which consist of the people you live in a hallway with your first year. Two sophomores (or, in my special case, three because our sponsor group was super cool like that...
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