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Well, I don't know how to properly start this. I mean, if you remember me, I'm the one that posted that sketch discussion concerning how I would manage to pay the $9900 fee to attend Pomona for one year given my financial situation.
Anyway, I just have to say that I didn't end up paying that much , and I'm on track to be debt free when I graduate. This is unimportant, though, I'd have been willing to pay 4 times that to come to Pomona. I absolutely love this place.
I've only been here for 2 years, and I've decided to take a gap year,because I'm not down to go to zoom university. I found a good paying job nearby Pomona, that's meant for graduates but they're giving me a shot.
Enough backstory, I'm tearing up writing this because to say that the last 2 years have been the best two of my life would be an understatement. Pomona College is like a paradise on Earth. There are literal pomegranates and exotic fruits that grow all around campus. It's ridiculous. There is so much diversity; there is literally a dining hall ( 1 of the 7 that students can go to) where you're not allowed to speak English. You walk in and you hear this beautiful cacophony of foreign languages and tongues. The food is amazing; there are just so many options. It's all so beautiful, which takes me to the campus itself. The beauty of the place always leaves me awestruck. I'm absolutely going to reflect on the surreal nature of the place. It's all just so amazing.
If this place is like this, imagine Harvard or the more elite schools. How the West could create such literal paradises is beyond me. I ponder what those schools must do to be considered superior to Pomona. I trust the ratings, but I'm genuinely curious, because I can't imagine how things could be better.
Concerning academics, for reference, I'm STEM which to be fair is really focused on in Pomona, to the dismay of some. I'm on the chemical engineering track (4 years with clinic at Harvey Mudd on my last year). I'm also considering premed since all i need is psych to finish the requirements. The attention that I've been able to get in classes and support has been overwhelming and is definitively the only reason that I've been able to continue on my career path. In Ochem, the professor reached out to me (I didn't reach out to him for help, big difference) to ask if we could have weekly tutoring sessions to make sure the material stuck since I did poorly on the first exam. I couldn't fit Vector Calculus into my schedule (required for engineering) so I went to the professor who taught it and he offered to have private classes with me (for credit, and approved by the academic faculty). I didn't pay anything extra for this help. It's literally all there for free. This place is ridiculous.
I've made best friends ever, been to Hawaii, paid for by Pomona as a part of my research presentation. I haven't been to LA yet, Its like 2 hours away. LAS VEGAS is literally only 3 hours or so by bus. They offer tickets, and theyre planning on building a high speed rail so it'll only be 2 hours long. Its insane how awesome this institution is, I hope I make it in life so I can donate to this place and support the next generation having this experience.
Last point, I promise. I think a lot of my joy might be due to the age. I mean 18-22 is a pretty remarkable period in development. I don't want to discredit any other colleges. I think that America got college right in general. I don't imagine any one really dislikes their college experience.