Phoebe Alpern

Phoebe Alpern '20

Study Abroad Program: SIT Rwanda: Post-Genocide Reconstruction and Peacebuilding, Spring 2019
Major: History
Class Year: 2020

Why did I study abroad? I studied abroad in Rwanda to broaden my educational experience, refine my French skills in addition to learning a new, local language, and develop a more sophisticated understanding of global conflict and restorative justice. I was also looking for a study abroad program that was radically different from Pomona and my prior education.

On-campus activities: Pomona College Writing Partner, 5C Refugee Advocacy Network, Nishmat at The Claremont Colleges

Specific Topics of Interest: Research ethics, racial and gender identity, emotional and mental health

Office hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Max Bramlett

Max Bramlett '20

Study Abroad Program: Middlebury Buenos Aires, Fall 2018
Major: History
Class Year: 2020

Why did I study abroad? When I was researching study abroad programs my sophomore year, I was looking for a way to immerse myself simultaneously in the Spanish language and in one of the Latin American cultures which I study for my major. I viewed study abroad as an academic opportunity, to be sure, but more broadly, as a chance to deepen my understanding from a disconnected academic perspective to a one based on personal experience. After a month or two in Buenos Aires, I realized that I had also found an opportunity to allow myself to grow outside the familiar contexts and expectations back home. Ultimately, study abroad offered me the space to explore both a new cultural context and my own place within the communities I found there.

On campus activities: I also work as a Spanish Language Partner through Oldenborg, and I was a sponsor before going abroad.

Specific topics of interest: language immersion, homestay relationships, cross-culture communication

Office hours: Wednesdays 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. & Thursdays 10:00 - 12:00 p.m. 

Joslyn Gardner

Joslyn Gardner '20

Study Abroad Program: Middlebury in Paris, Fall 2018 and AMIDEAST: Regional Studies in French, Rabat, (program by petition), Spring 2019
Major: Gender and Women’s Studies-French
Class Year: 2020

Why did I study abroad? I decided to study abroad for a year because I wanted to go beyond the classroom and completely immerse myself in the French language. I knew the Middlebury program would help me achieve this goal through direct enrollment in a French university where I studied literature and the human sciences. Although I was studying literature in France, I desired to study literature in a different francophone context. I found a great program in Morocco that bridged my interests in gender studies and francophone literature. Outside of the classroom I was able to teach English, do an internship, participate in a language partner program, and engage in intercultural dialogues that encouraged understanding.

On campus activities: French Language Partner, Prison Abolition Club, Club Tennis

Specific Topics of Interest: Being a person of color abroad, budgeting, foreign language acquisition, homestays, direct enrollment

Office Hours: Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Jordan Grimaldi

Jordan Grimaldi '20

Study Abroad Program: CET Siena (program by petition), Spring 2019
Major: Environmental Analysis
Class Year:  2020

Why Did I Study Abroad? I studied abroad mainly because my family has Italian heritage. I had never been to Italy before and wanted my first experience there to not be for a couple weeks for a vacation but a chance to really spend a longer period of time there and fully immerse myself. I also started taking Italian my sophomore year of college and was determined to become fluent and knew that living in Siena, a small city, would significantly help me reach that goal. I was also seeking to challenge myself, get outside my comfort zone, and gain new perspectives on my interests, values, and culture. CET Siena was a Program by Petition, so feel free to ask me about the petitioning process!

On-Campus Activities: Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Cross Country (Fall 2016-Fall 2018), Draper Center for Community Partnerships Volunteer and Student Coordinator (Fall 2016 – present)

Specific Topics of Interest: Sustainability and Environmental Justice, feminism abroad, intercultural communication

Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. & Fridays 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

Jessica James

Jessica James '20

Study Abroad Program: SIT Cameroon, Fall 2018 and Syracuse University Strasbourg (program by petition), Spring 2019
Major: International Relations
Class Year: 2020

Why did I study abroad? First and foremost, I wanted to immerse myself in a culture very different from my own because I knew it would be both challenging and immensely rewarding. I also wanted to improve my French language skills, so I chose two very different francophone countries. Finally, I wanted to gain a deeper understanding of the topics that I’ve been studying as an IR major, through the firsthand experience that only study abroad can provide. 

On-campus activities: Claremont Children’s School, Women's Union.

Specific Topics of Interest: Navigating identity abroad (particularly for low-income students and women), managing homestay relationships, cultural differences.

Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 

Sreymich Lach

Sreymich Lach '20

Study Abroad Program: DIS Copenhagen, Denmark, Fall 2018
Major: Neuroscience
Class Year: 2020

Why did I study abroad: I knew that I wanted to take advantage of Pomona's accessible study abroad program regardless of a student's financial background. Furthermore, I wanted to burst out of the LA bubble that I was raised in and experience a new culture, language, environment, and educational system. Specifically, on why I chose Denmark were 1) I knew it was a hub of progressive innovation in biotech and R&D, areas I was interested in learning more about! 2) I was really, really curious if they were truly the "happiest people" in the world. I was skeptical. After having lived there, I would replace "happiest" with the "most content" people I have ever met. Overall, studying abroad was the best decision I made during my time at Pomona. I experienced the good (indulging in the Danish pastries!) and the bad (navigating uncomfortable homestay dinner conversations), but they are experiences that wouldn't trade for anything else!

On-Campus Activities: Organic Chemistry Teaching Fellow, FLI Scholars Group, Draper Center Next Level Volunteer

Specific Topics of Interest: Budgeting/financing as a first-gen/low-income student, STEM major requirement, navigating homestay relationships, travel experience/tips, pivoting from pre-med to business/finance, and my Denmark experience!

Office hours: Mondays 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. & Fridays 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

Justin Lee

Justin Lee '20

Study Abroad Program: CIEE Seoul, South Korea: Arts and Sciences (program by petition), Fall 2018
Major: International Relations
Class Year: 2020

Why did I study abroad?: I have been learning Korean since high school and I wanted to improve on that by going and studying the language in South Korea. I have been to Korea before, but I wanted to be able to make university-aged, local friends and take more area studies courses. I wanted to challenge myself to engage with more people from a different culture.

On-campus activities: I also work on campus as a lifeguard and a research assistant in the history department. I am also a member of 5C Korea Peace Now and was a sponsor my sophomore year.

Specific Topics of Interest: I love talking about my time abroad, and you especially can't get me to stop if you ever ask about race abroad, conceptions of Americanness, queer identity abroad, and/or budgeting and finance abroad.

Office Hours: Thursdays 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. & Fridays 11:00 - 12:00 p.m. 

Tulika Mohan

Tulika Mohan '20

Study Abroad Program: DIS Copenhagen, Fall 2018
Major: Economics
Class Year: 2020

Why did I Study Abroad? After two challenging years at Pomona and in the U.S., I was itching for new experiences and to immerse myself into a completely different culture. I was also curious to take advantage of a different educational system. With its centrally located campus and more experiential teaching style, the DIS program ticked off a lot of boxes for what I wanted out of my study abroad experience.

On-campus activities: ISMP, Draper Center for Community Partnerships, ASPC

Specific Topics of Interest: Mental Health, pre-departure jitters, navigating identity abroad (as a non-American and a woman of color), my homestay experience, traveling, and time management

Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:00 - 12:00 p.m., Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. & Thursdays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.  

David Song

David Song ’20

Study Abroad Program: Syracuse University Hong Kong, Fall 2018
Major: International Relations
Class Year: 2020

Why did I study abroad? I chose to study abroad in Hong Kong because of its warm climate, tasty foods, and the opportunity to gain professional experience through an internship. I got so much more than what I wanted as I was able to go on my first camping trip,  befriend local students, and visit other Asian nations as well!

On-campus activities: Pomona-Pitzer Men’s Golf; Claremont Christian Fellowship, Upward Bound

Specific Topics of Interest: My interests include pre-departure logistics, local eateries, and budgeting.

Office Hours: Mondays & Wednesdays 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. 

Phoebe Thompson

Phoebe Thompson '20

Study Abroad Program: Pomona College Program at the University of Edinburgh, Fall 2018 and the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, Rome, Spring 2019
Major: Classics (Geology Minor)
Class Year: 2020

Why did I study abroad? I wanted to opportunity to study in ways that I couldn't at Pomona, whether that was new subjects or a different style of learning. In Edinburgh, I was able to take courses in subjects such as Viking Studies and Egyptology. While in Rome, I experienced what it was like to use the city of Rome itself as my classroom. Both of my study abroad experiences were unique and offered new opportunity for growth, both in my studies and myself.

On-campus activities: Classics department liaison

Specific Topics of Interest: managing mental health and expectations abroad; the impact of social media on study abroad students; studying in a country where you don't speak the language; and pre-departure and re-entry.

Office Hours: Tuesdays & Fridays 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.