International & Domestic Programs Peer Mentors

Meriel Chang

Study Abroad Program: CIEE Arts and Sciences in Seoul, South Korea Spring 2022

Majors: Anthropology and Economics

Class Year: Spring 2023

Why Did I Study Abroad? Although half of my college experience was spent off-campus due to the pandemic, I was interested in studying abroad during my time at Pomona as I wanted to develop my language abilities, expand my comfort zone, and immerse myself in a new culture. Studying abroad has allowed me to simultaneously grow as an individual and to further understand the different ways of life and diverse perspectives in our world. The opportunity to immerse myself in a place for an extended period of time has been priceless for me, especially as an anthropology major. As Korea is my motherland, I am super grateful for the chance to have studied and experienced life abroad!

Specific Topics of Interest: Identity abroad (as a heritage seeker), academics abroad (double majoring planning), finances abroad

On-Campus Activities: Asian American Resource Center, Blue and White Acapella, Quantitative Skills Center Peer Mentor

Favorite place at Pomona: SCC Living Room

Spring 2023 Hours: Mondays 2:45-3:45 p.m., Tuesdasy 4:00-5:00 p.m., Wednesdays 9:30-10:30 a.m., Thursdays 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Kenia Garcia-Ramos

Study Abroad Program: IFSA - IFSA Merida Universities Program Spring 2022

Majors: Chicanx-Latinx Studies; Gender and Women's Studies minor

Class Year: Spring 2023

Why Did I Study Abroad? I knew even before I was at Pomona that I wanted to experience studying abroad. Travel was not accessible to me growing up, and I was excited by the opportunity to see the world. While evaluating what program best suited my interests and needs, Mexico became the obvious choice! Being Mexican-American, I was able to merge my personal and academic investments and create a culturally rich experience for myself. Also, as a first-generation, low-income (FLI) student, studying abroad was financially viable for me because of the office's commitment to equity and inclusion. I am grateful for the time I spent abroad and will always recommend that, if possible, folks in the Pomona community decide to embark on their own venture!

Specific Topics of Interest: FLI and Study Away, Social identities abroad, Mental health abroad, Heritage Seeking/Cultural ties, Research and ethics abroad

On campus Activities: Latinx Alliance, FLI Scholars, Chicano Latino Student Affairs (CLSA), The Draper Center for Community Partnerships, Office of Housing and Residence Life

Favorite place at Pomona: Marston Quad

Spring 2023 Hours: Mondays 10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Thursdays 2:30 - 4:00 p.m., Fridays 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Kiya Henderson

Study Abroad Program: SIT Study Abroad Kenya: Global Health and Human Rights, Spring 2022

Major: Africana Studies

Class Year: Spring 2023

Why Did I Study Abroad? I started to consider studying abroad my first year at Pomona; however, I was unsure if it would be possible as a prehealth student. My chances seemed even more unlikely when the world was shocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Leaving campus as a second-semester freshman and returning as a junior made me question if I wanted to shorten the little time I had left on campus even more. After much deliberation, I decided that despite all the reasons I could come up with not to go, studying abroad was still a dream of mine. As a pre-med student, I was interested in learning more about healthcare systems and medical practices outside of the United States. As an Africana Studies major and a Black woman, I thought it was extremely important for me to spend time in Africa to form a deeper connection with and understanding of the continent. When I discovered SIT Study Abroad Kenya, my desire to study abroad was solidified because this program was a marriage of my two main academic focuses.

Specific Topics of Interest: Prehealth abroad, mental health abroad, (social) identities abroad, research abroad

On-Campus Activities: Prehealth Liaison, Project Sunshine, Pomona Science Scholar, Tour Guide

Favorite place in Claremont: Chocolate Bash

Spring 2023 Hours: Tuesdays 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Thursdays 9:00-10:00 a.m.