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The World Needs Daring Minds

Matthew O'Connor
Emily Arnold Fernandez
Kathyrn Taylor
Adam Buccholz

“Pomona doesn’t put you in a box; it puts you in this funhouse of intellectual stimulation and encourages you to get outside your comfort zone, to craft your own path. That’s what I think really defines the idea of Daring Minds. I’ve opened my eyes to the fact that success is not defined by a paycheck or resume but instead how I use my talents to make this world we live in a better place.

--Matt O’Connor ’15, double major in theatre and philosophy, politics and economics; linebacker, Pomona-Pitzer football team

Supported by:
Financial Aid
Draper Center
Annual Fund

“Our professors really believed that we could do anything. If you said, ‘I want to be president of the United States,’ they’d say, ‘All right, how are you going to get there? I think that belief was critical to our ability to live up to our potential and to exceed what we thought we could do, what people back home might have thought we could do.”

Emily Arnold-Fernandez ’99, music and philosophy double major; xfounder and executive director, Asylum Access

Supported by:
Annual Fund

“Daring minds seek knowledge. Daring minds explore frightening or intimidating territory. Pomona College fosters an environment conducive to the daring-ness of minds. Whether or not a topic is politically correct, Pomona students have the privilege and the space and the support to discuss it.

Kathryn Carlotta Taylor ’15, art major

Supported by:
Annual Fund

“One of the On The Loose commandments is ‘going big.’ What that encourages you to do is go out and try something like hiking Mt. Baldy. Most students would say “no way,’ but when you get a group of people together who know what they’re doing, you can push your boundaries and accomplish things that you never would have done on your own.”

Adam Buchholz ’12, biology major, former director of On the Loose (where is he now)

Supported by:
Annual Fund

“I had one professor tell me that from the beginning of time scholars have traveled. They’re never in one place. He really encouraged me to think outside of my local community and to stretch my horizons out farther. I think that’s how Pomona changed me. I’m even more adventurous.”

Daniel Solis ’05, chemistry major; medical student, Stanford University

Supported by:
Annual Fund

I do like the idea of liberal education as the taking of an ice-axe to the frozen sea inside your mind, the active attempt to break down those narrow little boxes and frozen spots we all build inside our heads. Depth and technical expertise in your field is of course essential, but the ability to take a creative leap that transcends the canon is the difference between being good and being great.

Janice Hudgins, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College; Seeley W. Mudd Professor of Physics

Supported by:
Annual Fund
Endowed professorship

In every field of human endeavor—science and the arts, business and the professions, scholarship and public service—important things happen when daring, innovative, principled thinkers have the courage to step forward with new ideas. That is why, at Pomona College, we dare our students to dream boldly, push them to think broadly and deeply, encourage them to stretch their creative muscles and to take intellectual risks, and challenge them—in the words inscribed upon our gates—to “bear their added riches in trust for mankind.”