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Senior Interviewers

Daniel Thompson

Hometown: Gastonia, NC

Major(s): Mathematics

Favorite spot(s) in Claremont: Walker Beach, the practice rooms in Garrison, and Some Crust Bakery

Favorite class at Pomona: Children's Literature (RLST152) with Professor Oona Eisenstadt. This class blurs the line between reading for school and reading for pleasure. It made me completely reevaluate the way I read stories, whether they're intended for children or not!

Activities: Ninth Street Hooligans A Cappella Musical Director, Pomona College Choir, Math Department Mentor and Grader, Tour Guide

Xiaoyin Qu

Hometown: Qingdao, China

Major(s): Computer Science and Economics

Favorite Spot in Claremont: Walker Lounge

Favorite class at Pomona: Devising Performance with professor T. Leabhart. He is so energetic, passionate, and knowledgeable. That class is a legend.

Activities: Pomona College Mock Trial, Pomona College Choir, mentor of International Student Mentor Program (ISMP), Claremont Colleges East Asian Music and Dance Group, Claremont Colleges Gospel Choir, Claremont College Hackathon, Pomona's Got Talent, The Student Life Newspaper, Claremont Debate Union, Uncommon Good Music Mentoring Program

Natalie Daifotis

Hometown: New Canaan, CT

Major(s): Classics

Favorite Spot in Claremont: The Classics lounge (in the basement of Pearsons), Skyspace, rooftop garden on Sontag Hall

Favorite Class at Pomona: Medieval Mediterranean (HIST011) with Ken Wolf. This course will change the way you understand the histories of Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. Professor Wolf is a fantastic lecturer! 

Activities: Pomona College Advocates for Survivors of Sexual Assault, Classics Liaison, Latin tutor, Tour Guide, former first-year sponsor

Daniel Choi

Hometown: Irvine, CA

Major(s): Psychology and Media Studies

Favorite Spot in Claremont: The psychology library in Lincoln Edmunds (comfy couches!).

Favorite Class at Pomona: Contemporary Prejudice with Adam Pearson because we focused on prejudice reduction and other practical applications of social psychological theory.

Activities: Musical director of competitive 5C a cappella group, the After School Specials, research assistant in Professor Jessica Borelli's Child Attachment, Relationships, & Emotion Lab. Past positions in Professor Adam Pearson's Social Cognition & Interaction Lab, the Pomona College Voices student blog, the Coop Fountain, 5C newspaper The Student Life

Lila Hawkinson

Hometown: Salem, OR

Major(s): Molecular Biology

Favorite Spot in Claremont: Strehle Track

Favorite class at Pomona: Food, Culture and Power in Asia and the Pacific (HIST100F) with Professor Yamashita. The subject matter of the course (and the discussions we had in class!) reflected Pomona’s mission to provoke interdisciplinary thought.

Activities: Tutor at Upward Bound, Genetics Teaching Assistant (TA), Oldenborg Russian Language Fellow, 5Cs Out Loud, volunteer at Claremont VNA & Hospice, recipient of Jack Steller Summer Curriculum Enhancement Grant for summer research in Molecular Biology

Sricharitha (Cherry) Mullaguru

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Major(s): Politics

Favorite Spot in Claremont: Somecrust Bakery

Favorite class at Pomona: Holy Fool taught by Professor Darryl Smith because it changed the way I interact with the world on a day-to-day basis.

Activities: Women's Union staff member, Photographer and Photography Manager for The Student Life (TSL), Sponsor in the Residence Hall Staff (RHS), tutor through Learning in Collaboration (LINC), mentor through Uncommon Good 

Rachel Jackson

Hometown: El Paso, TX

Major(s): Politics 

Favorite Spot in Claremont: The new Draper Center for Community Partnerships house

Favorite class at Pomona College: Black Aesthetics and the Politics of (Re)presentation changed the way I look at art and taught me to value (un)learning as much as learning. 

Activities: Past student intern at the Queer Resource Center (QRC), past student coordinator at the Draper Center for Community Partnerships, former Writing Center Fellow, current President of the Associated Students of Pomona College (ASPC)

Anthony Gómez

Hometown: Chula Vista, CA

Major(s): Psychology

Favorite Spot in Claremont: Sontag Amphitheater at night

Favorite Class at Pomona: Psychopathology and Relationships with Jessica Borelli because I love talking about brainz and the feelz

Activities: Pomona Student Union (PSU), Reverb, Psychology Department Liaison, Quest Scholar, Research Assistant at the Child Attachment, Relationships, and Emotions (CARE) Lab, past intern at the Queer Resource Center (QRC), past Peer Health Educator (PHE) at the Health Education Outreach (HEO), past sponsor for the Office of Campus Life (OCL)

Clara Engle

Hometown: Sleepy Hollow, NY

Major(s): Politics and Asian Studies

Favorite Spot in Claremont: The fountain at the academic quad by Mason

Favorite class: Asian Traditions (HIST 60) with Sam Yamashita because he introduced me to two fabulous departments here at Pomona - the History and the Asian Studies departments. 

Activities: Associate Chair of Pomona Judicial Council (J-Board), Co-Director of Challah for Hunger Charity as well as Events Director, Varsity Lacrosse, Asian Studies Liaison.

Michael Someck

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Major(s): Mathematics and Philosophy

Favorite Spot in Claremont: The small water fountain/stream at the very northwest corner of Harvey Mudd. (Side note: I have no idea how else to describe this. No one else I know has ever been there!)

Favorite Class at Pomona: Black & White Photography (ART020) with Anthony Lepore. As someone who has never felt particularly talented when it comes to art, it was an amazing experience for me to feel creative and make art that I was extremely proud of. Working in the dark room was also a huge plus!

Activities: "47 Things" Trip Leader, study abroad at University of Oxford, Philosophy Department Liaison, Math Department Liaison, sponsor, math research assistant, tour guide

A select group of senior students join the admissions staff every year as "senior interviewers." When you visit campus and have an interview, there's a good chance you'll meet with one of these exceptional students. Please take advantage of the opportunity to ask them questions about their time at Pomona; they're one of your best resources!