Listen carefully—if you’re lucky, you may catch a bit of their accent or a word or two in French. Do not ask about their favorite movie or you might get a three-hour-long analysis. Proctor Academy, Andover, NH (home is Freeport, ME) Major: Undecided. Jay is a first-year student who is very much undecided in terms of a major, exploring the spectrum of everything from Romance Languages and Literatures to Science, Technology, and Society. Being from New England, he is often soaking up the California sun on Marston Quad, or else adventuring with friends somewhere in Southern California.
He also sings, dances, lifeguards (sometimes all three simultaneously), acts, and searches for the best frozen yogurt in all of Los Angeles. Pacific Ridge School, Carlsbad, CA (home is Encinitas, CA) Major/Minor: Economics, History (minor) Originally from Denver, Gabe spent most of his life in Southern California. When he’s not talking about Pomona, he enjoys sharing facts about his hometown (the yoga capital of the Western Hemisphere!) and his love for golden retrievers. Gabe joined the Pomona community as a sophomore transfer student from a large public university. A member of the Pomona Consulting Group and Pomona Ventures, Gabe also enjoys hiking, photography, skiing, and discovering new coffee shops. Major/Minor: Spanish, Chemistry (minor) When Ian isn’t listening to Beyoncé, he can usually be spotted roaming campus taking photos or videos as a photographer for the Pomona College Communications Office and The Student Life newspaper (TSL).
He serves as a mentor for first-year Chicanx/Latinx students and is passionate about people. In the future, he wants to pursue a career in dentistry–he currently serves on the board for the 5C Pre-Dental Club and volunteers at nearby schools to teach good brushing skills. Major: Undecided, potentially International Relations & Media Studies. You can find Derrius sitting on Marston with the “squad” or pursuing a cup of coffee, lest he forgets to remind you he is a barista. As a member of FLI Scholars (First Generation and/or Low Income), ASPC (Associated Students of Pomona College) first-year committee, and Pomona’s BSU (Black Student Union), he is well versed in the Pomona community. Derrius is always eager to get to know a new face, whether it’s over a meal, on a hike, and, of course, … a cup of coffee. High School of American Studies at Lehman College, Bronx, NY. Coming from the fast pace of NYC, Andriw enjoys slowing things down and taking long naps under the sun on Marston Quad. Being a First-Generation/Low-Income (FLI) Mentor and Social Outreach Coordinator for the LatinX Alliance fills Andriw’s day with interacting with students and conjuring ideas to bring together these intersectional identities. He spends a lot of his time in club volleyball and tennis practices trying to better his games. When he’s taking a break to relax from his STEM-heavy schedule, you can find him challenging his friends to a competitive game of Mario Kart or enjoying the view from Oldenborg balcony. Blair Academy, Blairstown, NJ (home is Saint James, Jamaica) Majors/Minor: Politics & East Asian Studies, Chinese (minor) Kaitlin is a mentor to first-year international students and believes that, while Jamaica’s weather is superior, SoCal’s is a close second. When not in class, Kaitlin can be found sitting by the fountains on campus attempting to do work and drinking Sagehen Café espresso all while trying to avoid the campus squirrels. Otherwise, she is most likely listening to crime podcasts with “Scotty and the Boys,” her four (plant) children. Major/Minor: Economics, Spanish (minor) In the classroom, Alex focuses on environmental and developmental applications of economic theory. Outside the classroom, he enjoys reading, practicing guitar, playing Bananagrams, and drinking excessive amounts of coffee. Although he is not quite sure of anything, Nat thinks he would like to major in Spanish or Biology and is currently on a pre-health track. Outside the classroom, Nat plays on the tennis team and works at the Pomona College Museum of Art. He enjoys hanging out with friends and exploring the different Claremont campuses and is an avid fan of almond butter. Major: Public Policy Analysis with a Sociology concentration, Pre-Med track. Though Kahaan misses snowy Chicago sometimes, the sunshine and warmth are a welcome change. At Pomona, Kahaan wants to learn more about the disparities found within global health.
On campus, he is involved with FLI Scholars (First-Generation and/or Low-Income), writes for the Claremont Journal of Medicine and Social Justice , and works with different affinity groups as a Mentor Program Liason. Kari is exploring courses in Arabic, Philosophy, and anything else that piques her interest. Meanwhile, she spends most days smiling—laughing with friends, napping on Marston Quad, and punching with vigor in Claremont Boxing Club. Kari especially enjoys going on trips with Pomona College Model UN, de-stressing by making art, and searching for the 5C chocolate chip cookie that reigns supreme. A native Oregonian, she actually enjoys the rare rainy days here in Claremont. She can often be heard singing in her dorm hallway, on Marston Quad, and in Thatcher Hall with the Pomona College Choir and Glee Club. In her free time, Anna searches for the best non-dairy milk and shares her affinity for stripes. A native Oregonian, Riya absolutely adores the California sun.
When not in class, Riya can be found drinking coffee in the Village, laying out on Marston Quad, and standing in the omelette line every Sunday at Frank dining hall.