If you would like to schedule a meeting with one of our peer mentors during their virtual office hours, please email our peer mentors directly. 

Lindsay Chu

Lindsay Chu

Study Abroad Program: Associated Kyoto Program, Spring 2020 
Major: History, Concentration in East Asia 
Class Year: 2021

Why did I study abroad?  As a History Major studying Asian history, I realized there was no better way to study the region than to go there myself. In that regard, Kyoto was the perfect city for me, because it is filled with historical temples, shrines, and other significant locales! Furthermore, I was (and still am) deeply interested in Japanese culture, history, and language. Before I went abroad, I had taken four semesters of Japanese. Finally, as a Japanese American, I believed that studying abroad in Japan would help me better understand my heritage and identity.  

On-campus activities: Women's Blue and White A Cappella, Asian Traditions (History Course) Mentor, Claremont Screenwriting Guild 

Specific Topics of Interest: Homestay and host family relationships, language acquisition, Asian-American identity in an Asian country, pre-departure, and re-entry. 

Virtual Office Hours: Monday 9:00-11:00 a.m. (PDT) and Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (PDT) 

Frey Lemonholm 

Frey Lemonholm

Study Abroad Program: Middlebury School in Spain: Getafe (Carlos III), Fall 2019 
Major: English
Class Year: 2021

Why did I study abroad? I wanted to gain fluency in Spanish by immersing myself in a Spanish speaking culture and explore a part of the world I had never been to.

On campus activities: Jumpstart, Seaver Theatre, Glee Club 

Specific topics of interest: Language acquisition, homestay and host family relationships, mental health abroad 

Virtual Office Hours: Tuesday 1:00-5:00 p.m. (PDT) 

Mikaela Nishida 

Mikaela Nishida

Study Abroad Program: Associated Kyoto Program, Fall 2019 
Major: Mathematics
Class Year: 2021

Why did I study abroad? I studied abroad for various reasons, but the main reason was that I wanted to improve my Japanese language. I had been studying Japanese for about 8 years and decided that an immersive language program was what I needed to take my Japanese to the next level. Additionally, studying abroad at Pomona is such an amazing opportunity to experience living abroad while being supported academically, emotionally, and financially, and that’s something I didn’t want to pass up. Kyoto’s mix of traditional and modern aspects along with the mandatory homestays made AKP the obvious choice of study abroad program, and I couldn’t be happier for my decision. 

On campus activities: Pomona-Pitzer Swim & Dive, LiNC Volunteer, Math Department grader/mentor 

Specific Topics of Interest: Language acquisition, homestay and host family relationships, maintaining fitness abroad, mental and physical well-being abroad, cultural differences/shock 

Virtual Office Hours: Monday 1:00-4:00 p.m. (PDT) 

Tashi Rosenthal 

Tashi Rosenthal

Study Abroad Program: IES Abroad European Union (Freiburg), Spring 2020 
Major: Neuroscience
Class Year:  2021

Why Did I Study Abroad? Growing up in San Diego and moving to Claremont was not a big transition. I saw study abroad as the ideal opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and to live somewhere that inspired me. I wanted to challenge myself and immerse myself in a culture different from that of my home and make new friends along the way. I was comfortable pursing a curriculum outside of my major in my abroad experience and found that to be beneficial to my academic development. 

On-Campus Activities: The Graphite Group  

Specific Topics of Interest: Budgeting abroad, housing, engaging with host community 

Virtual Office Hours: Wednesday 2:00-5:00 p.m. (PDT) and Thursday 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (PDT) 

Renee Susanto 

Renee Susanto

Study Abroad Program: SIT Indonesia: Arts, Religion, and Social Change, Spring 2020 
Major: Religious Studies  
Class Year: 2021

Why did I study abroad? I studied abroad in Indonesia (by petition) for both personal and professional reasons. I had a lot of questions about my own cultural/ethnic identity and prior to study abroad, I had done some research about Indonesia. As the 5Cs does not have a Southeast Asian Studies program, I knew that I wanted to take advantage of study abroad as an opportunity to learn more about my heritage and study Indonesia from an academic lens! Moreover, the year before, I had lived in Indonesia for a summer and knew that I wanted to be in a place where I could continue to advance my language skills and cultural competency. I would love to talk about my personal experience with you! 

On-campus activities: You can also find me at the Writing Center or at the Asian American Resource Center (AARC). 

Specific Topics of Interest: Ethics of studying abroad in the Global South, leveraging your study abroad experience (undergraduate/post graduate opportunities such as language programs, fellowships, research grants, etc.) about/in Southeast Asia, and studying abroad as a heritage seeker  

Virtual Office Hours: Wednesday 9:00-10:00 a.m. (PDT) Thursday 1:00-4:00 p.m. (PDT) 

Vienna Vance 

Vienna Vance

Study Abroad Program: IES Vienna European Society & Culture, Fall 2019 and IES London, Queen Mary, University of London, Spring 2020  
Major: Cognitive Science  
Class Year: 2021

Why did I study abroad: I had never lived outside of Southern California, so I wanted to branch out and experience a different part of the world. I hoped to obtain a new academic and cultural perspective, improve my German skills, and increase my sense of self-sufficiency. All of those wishes came true for me!  

On-Campus Activities: On campus, I enjoy playing music, working with Jumpstart, and planning events with Claremont Students for Animals.  

Specific Topics of Interest: Programs by petition, budgeting abroad, internships abroad, direct enrollment 

Virtual Office Hours: Tuesday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (PDT) and Thursday 9:00-11:00 a.m. (PDT)