Cynthia Cuellar ‘21

Head Tour Guide

Nick Timms ‘21

Head Tour Guide

Bryce Wachtell ‘21

Head Tour Guide

Thomas Campbell

Assistant Dean of Admissions
Tour Guide Program Manager

Carolyn Starks

Assistant Dean of Admissions
Tour Guide Program Manager

Gabe Abdellatif

Riverdale High School, Portland, OR

Major: Politics

When Gabe isn't giving tours he can be found spending time with friends, competing with Pomona's student-run Mock Trial Team, serving on Pomona's Judicial Board, or volunteering as a Pomona Academy for Youth Success (PAYS) mentor with the Draper Center for Community Partnerships. Oh, and Gabe's favorite part of being a tour guide is all the attention.

Rohan Ahammed

Stuyvesant High School, East Elmhurst, NY

Majors: Economics & International Relations

New York City-born and raised, Rohan enjoys exploring the greater Los Angeles area on the weekends and hanging out on campus at Marston Quad and with his sponsor group. He likes learning about different cultures through international relations courses but also enjoys coding and computer science.

Abdul Ajeigbe ’22

Science Park High School, Newark, NJ

Majors: Computer Science and Media Studies

Abdul can probably be found in his dorm room blasting Beyoncé, J Cole, and everything in between. Outside of tour guiding, he is involved with Impact Lab, the 5C club basketball team, and Jumpstart (a 5C volunteer program at local preschools in low-income neighborhoods). His favorite things about Southern California are the palm trees and warm sun!

Aubrey Aust

Canterbury High School, Fort Wayne, IN

Majors: Politics & Religious Studies

 When she isn’t searching through menus to find the best dining hall to visit, Aubrey can be found watching “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” in her dorm room or talking about political theory in the basement of Carnegie. She is slightly addicted to Augie’s Coffee in the Village and loves going to lunch lectures to listen to different speakers on campus (not just because they have free food). Ask her about her ten-year-old cat, Gracie, if you have half an hour to kill.

Brendan Barrow

The Blake School, Minneapolis, MN

Major/Minor: Neuroscience, Politics (minor)

Brendan is a sponsor, a live-in resource for a group of freshman students. When not giving tours or helping sponsees figure out Pomona’s course registration system, you’ll find him trying to stay awake in class, talking pictures outside, working on creative writing in one of the lounges, or just listening to jazz in his room. (Or, let’s be honest, probably asleep, having forgotten to turn his music off). He finds the notion that 65 degrees is cold to be quite amusing.

Spencer Barsh ’22

Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, Bryn Mawr, PA

Major/Minor: Psychological Science, Chemistry & French (double minor)

Adventurous and enthusiastic, Spencer enjoys learning and trying new things. He takes advantage of Pomona’s liberal arts curriculum to take courses ranging from Chemistry to Psychology to Yoga. Outside of classes and being a tour guide, you can find Spencer hanging with his spiblings (ask him what that means on his tour!) or playing Wii in Harwood lounge. A native Philadelphian, he loves soaking in the SoCal sunshine and can’t wait to see you all on tours!

Aditya Bhalla

Glenbrook South High School, Glenview, IL

Major: Undecided

Although undeclared, Aditya is fascinated by mathematics and politics. When he isn’t in class, you can find him playing basketball in the Rains Center or writing for The Student Life newspaper. Although he loves the SoCal weather, Aditya often reminisces about snowy day trips to downtown Chicago.

Olyemisi Bolonduro

Shorecrest High School, Shoreline, WA

Majors: Psychology & Africana Studies

Oluyemisi can be found happily hermitting in a friend's room on any given day. Usually, this happens after Pomona-Pitzer Track and Field practice, as she's addicted to running.  She enjoys photography, reading, writing, dancing, and acknowledging fellow royals. If you need any prayers, hugs, or hyping up, she's your Queen!

Madi Brothers ’22

Carmel High School, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA

Majors: Environmental Analysis & Politics (...probably)

When Madi isn’t perfecting her backwards walk on tours, she can be found at the local bubble tea shop, T&Joy, practicing her expensive new habit, spending time with her fellow spiblings (sponsor group siblings), working at the Coop Store, and—undoubtedly—taking naps. She loves the outdoors, hiking, and spending too much time watching TV. Warning: tours may contain quotes from The Office.

Mohsin Butt

LGS Defence, Lahore, Pakistan

Major : Undecided (potentially Math & English or Politics)

Mohsin is having an amazing, lifetime experience at Pomona—his first time in the United States. He’s thinking of double majoring in Math and English. Other than math classes, he loves creative writing and poetry. He’s very passionate about movies and loves to discuss films with anyone. In his free time, he reads a lot of philosophy, particularly epistemology and metaphysics. Favorite building is Milikan; favorite study spot is the Coop Fountain. He loves rock climbing and making the hard daily decision: which of the 7 dining halls to eat at every day.

Geraldine Castaneda

C.K. McClatchy High School, Sacramento, CA

Major: Public Policy Analysis (PPA) with a Chicana/o-Latina/o studies concentration

When not in class, this Sactown girl can be found riding her squeaky (lovely) bike around campus, working with the Draper Center, or re-watching episodes of The Office. Geraldine loves to dance salsa and play tennis (only occasionally at the same time) and is involved in IDEAS and the First-Gen, Low-Income groups on campus.

Cogie Celzo

River Valley High School, Fort Mohave, AZ

Majors: (potential) Asian American Studies, Neuroscience and/or Psychological Science

A sponsor for the bright first-years, mentor/advisor for high school students in PAYS (Pomona College Academy for Youth Success), member of PSS (Pomona Science Scholars), and a lab/research assistant in a Neuroscience lab that works with the neuronal mechanisms of decision-making behavior in C. elegans, Cogie still has time for hobbies! He partakes in frequent volleyball games with friends on Marston Quad or on one of the beaches on campus, plays his ukulele and sings out his dorm windows, and is a regular at Pendleton Pool, reading poetry under the sun.

Daphne Chapline

Bishop McGuinness High School, Oklahoma City, OK

Major/Minor: Geology, Mathematics (minor)

Daphne enjoys being a part of the learning process by being a mentor for the chemistry and math departments at Pomona. She is also an editor for the Claremont Journal of Medicine and Social Justice and a writer for the Voices student blog. Outside of class, her main passions are yoga, classic cars, dogs, and ice cream. You will most likely find her trolling for dogs to pet on Marston Quad, running late for a class at Claremont Yoga, studying in Edmunds, or eating her weight in ice cream at Bert and Rocky’s.

Peter Chong

Brophy College Prep, Phoenix, Arizona

Major: Undecided 

While currently undeclared, Peter’s favorite subjects include history, politics, and philosophy. Outside of the classroom, Peter can be found perfecting his ollie, working out with the lacrosse team, or helping with The Student Life (TSL) podcasts. 

Nolan Clark ’22

Nevada Union High School, Grass Valley, CA

Major: Geology

Nolan is from a small mountain town in Northern California and has been passionate about the outdoors and the environment from a young age. He spends his time hiking, skiing, reading about nature, staring at the San Gabriel Mountains, and licking rocks (it’s a thing in geology). Find him lying on the grass in Marston Quad or in Edmunds Hall looking at all the beautiful minerals.

Haidee Clauer ’22

Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy, Kansas City, MO

Majors: Physics & Environmental Analysis

Haidee enjoys biking around, trying all the on-campus coffee shops with friends, heading to ultimate frisbee practice, or getting the scoop as a writer for The Student Life newspaper. When Haidee isn't tour guiding, she can be found goofing off in the physics lounge, gazing at the mountains from the Scripps dining hall balcony, or reading in trees.

Ethan Collins

Veritas Preparatory Academy, Phoenix, AZ

Major: Undecided (potentially Classics & Physics)

When asked whether Ethan had the personality of a dog or a cat, his friends answered, “some

weird combination of the two.” An avid enthusiast of post-punk music and Irish folksongs, Ethan enjoys skateboarding, video games, and perfecting his Rubik’s Cube solve time. When he’s not translating Ancient Greek and Latin and solving physics problems, Ethan sings in the Pomona College Choir, writes short stories, and spends time with his friends.

Rosie Corr ‘23

The Athenian School, Danville CA

Majors: Theatre and Economics

You can find Rosie running back and forth between Seaver Theatre, Carnegie, and Pendleton Dance studio, as she is constantly busy doing all the things she loves. Of course, she spends the rest of the time having picnics and going on walks in the sunshine with her friends. If you want someone who has a song to randomly burst into no matter what the conversation topic, Rosie’s your girl. She is also the founder and president of Spotlight MT, the 5C’s only student musical theatre company.

Cynthia Cuellar ‘21

Alliance Gertz-Ressler High School, Los Angeles, CA

Major: Public Policy Analysis (PPA) with a chemistry concentration

Guatemalan-born, Cynthia enjoys doing nearly everything—unless it's related to sports. When she's not walking backwards as a tour guide, you can find her dancing (as in the Salsa Club!), wearing a blue lab coat as a research assistant, or tutoring chemistry students. She loves petting cute dogs on Marston Quad, eating yummy omelets at Frank Dining Hall and making cute crafts at the Hive.

Danny DeBare ’22

Piedmont High School, Piedmont, CA

Major/Minor: Politics, Spanish (minor)

Moving “down south” to college, Danny somehow managed to find a new home with even better weather. When not in class, you can find Danny in the back of Frary dining hall nearly breaking the industrial mixer as a baker and president of Claremont Challah. He also leads the local chapter of J Street U, an Israeli/Palestinian pro-peace advocacy political club. Danny obsessively drags his friends to hear cool speakers on campus, looking to say “yes” to every opportunity Pomona throws his way. You also can find his writing on the Voices student blog.

Nirali Devgan

Liberal Arts and Science Academy High School, Austin TX

Majors: Economics & Computer Science

As a proud and extroverted Texan, Nirali loves nothing more than sharing her love of Pomona with anyone who will listen. Outside of pretending to do work on Marston Quad, she is a part of ASPC Senate, Judicial Board, and a random compilation of committees on campus ranging from picking the Orientation Book to the ITS (Information Technology Services) Advisory body. Nirali loves any excuse to be active on campus without actually doing her homework and can't wait to use tour guiding as another procrastination tool!

Evangeline Erickson

University High School, Tucson, AZ

Major/Minor: Economics, potentially Chicana/o-Latina/o studies (minor)

As a mixed, first-generation, and low-income (FLI) college student, Evangeline also loves looking in-depth at intersectional issues such as social injustice, economic inequity, and systems of oppression. When she isn't working on problem sets for Econ, she can be found speaking Spanish at Oldenborg, tossing a disc with one of her ultimate frisbee teammates, working at the Career Development Office, mentoring incoming FLI (First-Generation and/or Low-Income) students, thinking about pan dulce from La Estrella, or completing un montón de readings for her Chicano/Latino studies courses.

Lily Feldman ’21

The Dalton School, New York, NY

Major/Minor: Math, Art (minor)

Lily is undeclared but thoroughly enjoys math, art, dance, sociology and boba. She is a sponsor for Blaisdell 2 Front (go B2F!) and is one of the rare few who actually enjoys ice breakers. Every Friday she sells bread in the morning (with Challah for Hunger) and works with students at a nearby school in the afternoons with Pomona Partners, a program at the Draper Center for Community Partnerships.

Jeremias Figueroa

North Chicago Community High School, North Chicago IL

Major: Economics

Aside from tour guiding, Jeremias can be found working and singing in the Coop Fountain, taking casual walks or bike rides around campus, or listening to Latinx/hip-hop music. He is involved in Latinx Alliance as an executive board member, FLI (First Generation-Low Income) Scholars as a mentor and committee member, and is always happy to spend time with others!

Tessa Fujisaki ’21

Redmond High School, Redmond, WA

Major: Biology

A transfer from UC Berkeley, Tessa is enjoying exploring the sunny beaches, Joshua Tree National Park and Mount Baldy. Outside of tour guiding, she is a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Track and Field team, helped start a 5C Dance Marathon club, and volunteers at the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. She loves eating (especially at the 5C dining halls), swimming in the Pitzer pool, and reading.

Eric Garcia ’21

Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco, CA

Major: Neuroscience

Hailing from San Francisco, Eric Garcia is fascinated by the biological mechanisms of human behavior. Outside the classroom, Eric can be found dancing on the 5C urban dance team “Groove Nation Dance Crew,” serving as a sponsor in the residence halls, mentoring students in chemistry, or gearing up for his potential professional Frisbee career on Marston Quad if neuroscience doesn’t work out.

Michelle Garcia ’22

Granada Hills Charter High School, Granada Hills, CA

Major: Molecular Biology

Michelle loves to learn about anything science-related and to dabble in Chicanx/Latinx literature. When she is not studying, she is building Lego-like animals and running around beautiful Claremont. She is also involved in the first-generation and/or low-income (FLI) community, Claremont Christian Fellowship, and the Organic Farm.

Kenia Garcia-Ramos

Redlands High School, Redlands CA

Majors: Psychology & ChicanX-LatinX Studies

A southern California native, Kenia loves soaking up some sun on Marston Quad with her friends, biking around campus, and sipping a good Motley chai. She is a member of the CENTRO Lab team and a proud QuestBridge Scholar. Kenia is also involved with CLSA (Chicano Latina Student Affairs) and is always ready to dance to some Selena or Aventura!

Matthew Gonzales

Hayfield Secondary School, Alexandria, VA

Major: Undecided

Matthew is truly taking advantage of his liberal arts education by exploring a wide array of disciplines. Tentatively looking at a double major of economics and media studies, Matthew really is all about personal growth and discovery as he competes as a first-time member of the student-run Mock Trial Team. He finds himself an active member in numerous affinity groups such as the LatinX Alliance, CLSA (Chicano Latino Student Affairs), AAMP (Asian American Mentor Program), and Kasama (Claremont Colleges Filipinx/American Student Association), embracing his mixed cultural roots. When not working, Matthew participates as a baker for Claremont Challah, plays Mario Kart with his friends, and falls asleep on the floors of his friends’ rooms.

Tray Hammond

Westtown School, West Chester, PA (home is Martin, TN)

Major: Theatre

Raised in rural West Tennessee, Tray attended boarding school outside of Philadelphia. On campus, Tray is involved in groups such as The Green Room (a 5C theatre group) and That Saturday Club (a club that offers party alternatives on Saturday nights). As a sponsor in Mudd 1Back, Tray helps first-years transition to college. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, singing and dancing, and taking advantage of the beautiful SoCal weather.

Deanna Han ‘23

Shorewood High School, Shoreline, WA 

Major/Minor: (probably) Public Policy Analysis (PPA) with an Economics concentration, Politics (minor)

Born and raised just north of Seattle, Deanna loves living her life in southern California with no sign of cloudy or rainy days. She also uses Pomona’s free private music lessons to stay in touch with her past life as a pianist. Outside of class, you may find Deanna studying in the Smith Campus Center (SCC) living room, mentoring students for Econ, waiting in line at Milk and Honey for boba, or spending her nights in a friend’s room. She will always find it funny that some people use an umbrella when it drizzles.

Michael Hwang

Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor, MI

Major: Undecided (potentially Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, or PPA)

Michael can be found not knowing what he wants to do in life, hydrating to not diedrate, and watching Tik Toks. Michael is a member of PSS (Pomona Scholar of Science), AAMP (Asian American Mentoring Program), and FLI (First-Generation and/or Low-Income) Scholars. In his free time, Michael serves as a college advisor for PAYS (Pomona College Academy for Youth Success) and takes free private lessons on the alto saxophone. He is a strong advocate for POP Pilates.

Jude Iredell

Malibu High School, Topanga CA

Major: Undecided

While still formally undecided, Jude is strongly leaning towards history as his intended major. You can usually find him studying in the history department library or blasting his guitar in the dorms (much to the annoyance of neighbors). Outside of school, Jude, a self-professed podcast fiend, loves the beach and the mountains, surfing and skiing whenever possible.

Ja'Nea James

Alabama School of Mathematics and Science, Mobile, AL

Major/Minor: Gender & Women’s Studies, Biology (minor)

Ja’Nea enjoys picking up new skills, hanging out at the Quantitative Skills Center, watching TV, and bonding with fellow Southerners. Outside of studies, Ja’Nea works closely with the CDO (Career Development Office) as a pre-health liaison, tutors intro-level biology and chemistry at the Quantitative Skills Center, practices piano, conducts research in one of the biology faculty labs, and longboards through the Claremont Colleges with her handy-dandy helmet (safety is important!). She loves her friends, family, and Chef Boyardee Ravioli, and she cannot wait to tell you about the importance of having these three things while navigating Pomona College.

Anaa Jibicho

Washington Technology Magnet, St. Paul, MN

Majors: Economics & Politics

Born in Ethiopia and raised in Kenya, Anaa now calls Minnesota home. Does he miss the beautiful winter snow? Nah. Do you hear that noise? WOooo. That is him blasting Pop Smoke. You can’t say Anaa and forget The Weeknd,  his favorite artist. On campus, Anaa is usually roaming around on his little scooter, somehow still showing up late to things. Where was he going this time? Running away from problems. He is a member of Building Leaders on Campus (BLOC) and a mentor for Young Men’s Circle. His favorite things at Pomona include reading outside, walking outside, and anything outside.

Bella Kearney ‘21

Convent of the Sacred Heart High School, San Francisco, CA

Major: (possibly) Public Policy Analysis (PPA)

A proud Sagehen who runs for both the women's cross country and track teams, Bella also works at the McAlister Center for Religious Activities. The sunny outside tables of the SCC (Smith Campus Center) are often her favorite place to settle down with readings for classes or a fiction recommendation from my nana.

Sagehen Tour Guide

Parkview High School, Lilburn, GA

Major: Undecided

Ashley is leaning toward a major in Public Policy Analysis with a focus on Economics and a minor in Cognitive Science. She is involved with Pomona College’s Judicial Council, Mock Trial, Model UN, and OBSA (Office of Black Student Affairs). She loves reading and watching documentaries, and her ultimate guilty pleasures have to be watching the TV show Psych and binging on Candy Crush.

Derry Li

St. Michaels University School, Victoria, BC, Canada

Major: Undecided

Born and raised in northeastern China, Derry now lives in Vancouver, Canada. His spirit animal is a sloth. When not napping, you can find him cruising between the darkroom and Seaver North, where he attempts to make some magic out of chemicals. He has changed his majors four times and is still very unsure about what he wants to do. But that’s ok, “such is the liberal arts,” he tells himself.

Selena Lopez ’22

James Island Charter High School, Charleston, SC

Majors: International Relations & Romance Languages

Selena can sum up her passions in three words: politics, foreign languages, and education. Whether it’s reading the news over breakfast in Frank dining hall, having conversations about how cool Spanish and French are (and every other language, of course), or tutoring on the weekends, Selena loves being involved with the Pomona community–especially Admissions.

Chloe Mandel

Wilton High School, Wilton, CT

Major: Undecided

Having spent most of her life in New England, Chloe enjoys taking advantage of the warm, sunny weather in Claremont by spending time outside. Her other interests include writing for The Student Life newspaper, eating at Pepo Melo in the Claremont Village, stocking up on snacks at Trader Joe’s, and exploring L.A. Chloe lived in Nigeria in West Africa for a year and hopes to do more traveling through one of Pomona’s study abroad programs.

Chris Meng

Lewisburg Area High School, Lewisburg PA

Major: Undecided, potentially Math and Gender & Women’s Studies

From a small town in central Pennsylvania, Chris enjoys the occasional existential crisis, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he loves learning a little bit about everything in classic liberal arts fashion. He leads a relatively uninteresting life, but you can catch him jamming to music in his room, playing guitar, or writing when he’s not doing work. Let’s grab a meal when you’re here!

Liceo Europeo, Alcobendas, Spain Majors: Math & Physics Rafa is a cool Spaniard who would not mind telling you about something awesome he just found out about physics or math. He also likes to learn languages, finds linguistics to be pretty cool, and dabb

United World College of South East Asia, Singapore

Major: Economics

Prior to joining Pomona, Lukas served as an Infantry Sergeant in the Singapore military for two years and swam on the national team for seven years. Outside of touring, Lukas is an NCAA National Swimming Champion and 13-time All-American, member of the Pomona-Pitzer Swim and Dive Team, a computer science research assistant, a web assistant/developer for the College, and a member of AI and cryptocurrency clubs. In his free time, he enjoys snow hikes on Mt. Baldy, heading with friends to Laguna Beach for clear waters, or exploring L.A.

Samantha Meyer

Washburn High School, Minneapolis, MN

Majors: Politics & Latin American Studies

Though this Minneapolis native will tease her friends about how "California weather makes you spoiled," Sam can often be found enjoying the sunny weekends outside as an Outdoor Education Center staff member or On The Loose trip leader. Sam also participates in the Pomona Model UN team, Judicial Council, and various intermural sports, including soccer and badminton. Her favorite research project is on which 5C dining hall has the best hot chocolate, so be sure to ask on the tour!

Charlotte Moremen

Milton Academy, Milton MA

Major/Minor: Computer Science, potentially Middle Eastern Studies or Spanish (minor)

A fan of any comedy show she can find, Charlotte splits her time between the computer science department and On The Loose, Pomona’s outdoors club. When she isn’t on a trip, she’s planning her next one, and you can rely on her to guide you to all the beautiful vistas of Southern California (feel free to ask for her detailed spreadsheet of itineraries).

Phuong Nguyen ’22

Hanoi-Amsterdam High School for the Gifted, Hanoi, Vietnam

Major: (probably) Physics

Besides giving tours, Phuong’s favorite activities are enjoying the beautiful California sunshine outside the Sagehen Café and curling up in the cozy living room inside the Smith Campus Center. When she is not studying, she can be found practicing hand lettering with her fancy brush pens or lying on Marston Quad reading her favorite books. She loves her college experience and can’t wait to show you how amazing Pomona is.

Jacob Noh ’21

Mill Creek High School, Hoschton, GA

Major: History

Jacob’s history major has a concentration in Asian history. On campus, he is heavily involved with AAMP (Asian American Mentor) and enjoys the warm climate of Southern California, the suburban atmosphere of Claremont, playing basketball, watching Korean dramas, and listening to The Fray.

Cade Novara ’22

Juan Diego Catholic High School, Draper, UT

Major: Public Policy Analysis (PPA) with a Chemistry concentration

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, Cade enjoys everything Southern California has to offer, from the mountains to the beaches. Besides giving tours and working as a chemistry TA, Cade is on the Pomona Mock Trial Team and the Claremont Journal of Law and Public Policy. In his free time, he enjoys drinking coffee in the Village and taking naps on Marston Quad. In the future, he is potentially interested in attending medical school.

Ethan Ong ’21

Newport High School, Bellevue, WA

Majors: Math & Politics

Ethan can be seen regularly making boba at Milk and Honey, waiting for the Thatcher elevator with his double bass, and boarding a little too fast past Marston Quad. He loves artists such as Hyukoh, Zion T., and Sam Kim, and outside of class you may find him secretly getting a drink at Tocaja, backpacking up the Thatcher stairs, or stopping to nap on Marston Quad.

Kendall Packman

South Iredell High School, Mooresville, NC

Major/Minor: Media Studies with a concentration in Digital Media, potentially French (minor)

Interested in how technology can advance storytelling, Kendall watches Netflix and scrolls Instagram for their digital media studies homework. In their free time, Kendall can be found being creative in the Hive, memorizing lines in Seaver Theater, or coordinating the gay agenda. They are excited to be in SoCal after growing up in the Deep South. Listen carefully—if you’re lucky, you may catch a bit of their accent or a word or two in French. Do not ask about their favorite movie or you might get a three-hour-long analysis.

Jay Pier

Proctor Academy, Andover, NH (home is Freeport, ME)

Major: Undecided

Jay is a first-year student who is very much undecided in terms of a major, exploring the spectrum of everything from Romance Languages and Literatures to Science, Technology, and Society. Being from New England, he is often soaking up the California sun on Marston Quad, or else adventuring with friends somewhere in Southern California. He also sings, dances, lifeguards (sometimes all three simultaneously), acts, and searches for the best frozen yogurt in all of Los Angeles.

Ian Poveda ’21

Westminster Christian School, Miami, FL

Major/Minor: Spanish, Chemistry (minor)

When Ian isn’t listening to Beyoncé, he can usually be spotted roaming campus taking photos or videos as a photographer for the Pomona College Communications Office and The Student Life newspaper (TSL). He serves as a mentor for first-year Chicanx/Latinx students and is passionate about people. In the future, he wants to pursue a career in dentistry–he currently serves on the board for the 5C Pre-Dental Club and volunteers at nearby schools to teach good brushing skills.

Derrius Rahman

Sand Creek High School, Colorado Springs, CO

Major: Undecided, potentially International Relations & Media Studies

You can find Derrius sitting on Marston with the “squad” or pursuing a cup of coffee, lest he forgets to remind you he is a barista. As a member of FLI Scholars (First Generation and/or Low Income), ASPC (Associated Students of Pomona College) first-year committee, and Pomona’s BSU (Black Student Union), he is well versed in the Pomona community. Derrius is always eager to get to know a new face, whether it’s over a meal, on a hike, and, of course, … a cup of coffee.

Andriw Read ’22

High School of American Studies at Lehman College, Bronx, NY

Major/Minor: Economics, Africana Studies (minor)

Coming from the fast pace of NYC, Andriw enjoys slowing things down and taking long naps under the sun on Marston Quad. Being a First-Generation/Low-Income (FLI) Mentor and Social Outreach Coordinator for the LatinX Alliance fills Andriw’s day with interacting with students and conjuring ideas to bring together these intersectional identities. He spends a lot of his time in club volleyball and tennis practices trying to better his games. When he’s taking a break to relax from his STEM-heavy schedule, you can find him challenging his friends to a competitive game of Mario Kart or enjoying the view from Oldenborg balcony.

Kaitlin Robertson ’21

Blair Academy, Blairstown, NJ (home is Saint James, Jamaica)

Majors/Minor: Politics & East Asian Studies, Chinese (minor)

Kaitlin is a mentor to first-year international students and believes that, while Jamaica’s weather is superior, SoCal’s is a close second. When not in class, Kaitlin can be found sitting by the fountains on campus attempting to do work and drinking Sagehen Café espresso all while trying to avoid the campus squirrels. Otherwise, she is most likely listening to crime podcasts with “Scotty and the Boys,” her four (plant) children.

Alex Rosen

Montclair High School, Montclair, NJ

Major/Minor: Economics, Spanish (minor)

In the classroom, Alex focuses on environmental and developmental applications of economic theory. Outside the classroom, he enjoys reading, practicing guitar, playing Bananagrams, and drinking excessive amounts of coffee.

Nat Serrurier ‘21

Oregon Episcopal School, Portland, OR

Majors: Biology & Spanish

Although he is not quite sure of anything, Nat thinks he would like to major in Spanish or Biology and is currently on a pre-health track. Outside the classroom, Nat plays on the tennis team and works at the Pomona College Museum of Art. He enjoys hanging out with friends and exploring the different Claremont campuses and is an avid fan of almond butter.

Kahaan Shah

Northside College Prep, Chicago IL

Major: Public Policy Analysis with a Sociology concentration, Pre-Med track

Though Kahaan misses snowy Chicago sometimes, the sunshine and warmth are a welcome change. At Pomona, Kahaan wants to learn more about the disparities found within global health. On campus, he is involved with FLI Scholars (First-Generation and/or Low-Income), writes for the Claremont Journal of Medicine and Social Justice, and works with different affinity groups as a Mentor Program Liason.

Kari Siegenthaler ’22

Liberal Arts and Science Academy, Austin, TX

Major: Undecided

Kari is exploring courses in Arabic, Philosophy, and anything else that piques her interest. Meanwhile, she spends most days smiling—laughing with friends, napping on Marston Quad, and punching with vigor in Claremont Boxing Club. Kari especially enjoys going on trips with Pomona College Model UN, de-stressing by making art, and searching for the 5C chocolate chip cookie that reigns supreme.

Anna Sipowicz ’22

Oregon Episcopal School, Portland, OR

Major: Music

Anna is usually talking or laughing—often loudly. A native Oregonian, she actually enjoys the rare rainy days here in Claremont. She can often be heard singing in her dorm hallway, on Marston Quad, and in Thatcher Hall with the Pomona College Choir and Glee Club. In her free time, Anna searches for the best non-dairy milk and shares her affinity for stripes.

Riya Sivakumar

Catlin Gabel School, Portland, OR

Major: Undecided

A native Oregonian, Riya absolutely adores the California sun. When not in class, Riya can be found drinking coffee in the Village, laying out on Marston Quad, and standing in the omelette line every Sunday at Frank dining hall. While currently extremely undecided about her major, her interests range from neuroscience to philosophy to South Asian studies.

Elli Stogiannou ’22

Anatolia College, Thessaloniki, Greece

Major: Undecided

Elli comes from Thessaloniki, the not-so-famous "co-capital" of Greece. Being very unsettled in her major, Elli enjoys taking unrelated classes, ranging from Linguistic Anthropology to Black and White Photography. Member of the Claremont Debate Union, and agent at Star47 Student Calling Program, she loves to talk and argue about everything.

Sarah Sundermeyer ‘21

Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA

Major: Gender and Women's Studies

Sarah lis a serial hobbyist with a love for studying justice issues and studio art. Around campus, she can be found rehearsing with the 5C a cappella group Midnight Echo, practicing aerial silks, planning protests with fellow students, or doing handstands in Circus Club. She has a compulsory need to pet every dog she passes and is likely to slide into the splits at a moment's notice.

Siena Swift

Le Jardin Academy, Kailua, HI

Major: Politics

Born and raised in Hawai’i,  Siena is partial to tropical weather, but she still loves seeing the snow on Mt Baldy. Outside of her humanities-only classes, she enjoys attending lectures hosted by the politics department, writing for The Student Life newspaper and reading a good book. Being a tour guide is her third job, as Siena also works for the Sustainability Office as an EcoRep and manages the Book Room (another sustainability initiative). Siena loves to paint, watch the sunset from the Quad, and talk about missing the beach. She is looking forward to studying abroad.

Britney Tan ’22

Big Spring High School, Big Spring, Texas

Major: Undecided (potentially Media Studies)

Straight out of a small city in west Texas, Britney loves watching way too many lifestyle videos on YouTube, traveling, and learning as much as possible. A potential Media Studies major, she’s always looking for new recommendations on what to watch. When she’s not touring, she’s crashing friends’ rooms, eating too many cookies with ice cream, or walking aimlessly around campus.

Victoria Thai

Gulfport High School, Gulfport, MS

Major/Minor: Computer Science, English (minor)

Victoria is from way down south in Gulfport, Mississippi, which is known for Barq's Root Beer or Hurricane Katrina. She finds herself in Claremont scootering downhill and embracing the liberal arts education, taking a variety of classes from Fiction Writing to Linear Algebra. As a tentative Computer Science major, she can be found in Lincoln’s lounges or the Coop Fountain, "working." In her free time, she participates as a committee member for Pomona's FLI Scholars (First-Generation and/or Low-Income), a baker for Claremont Challah, and the head clown in her friends' dorms.

Nick Timms ‘21

Walter Payton College Preparatory High School, Chicago, IL

Major: International Relations

Coming from the South Side of Chicago, Nick can do without all the winter snow. Some of his favorite pastimes include gazing at the San Gabriel mountains for hours and skateboarding around campus. You’ll usually find him in shorts, a t-shirt and flip flops on any given occasion (except on tours). He’s a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Track & Field Team, FLI Scholars, and a mentor for OBSA. He was also a happy sponsor of 18 first-years (go B2F!). If you see him staring into the sky, don’t be alarmed: he’s either marveling at the planes flying into LAX or is in deep contemplation of whether he should spend money on a breakfast burrito at the Coop Fountain—again.

Brandon Tran

Adrian C. Wilcox High School, Santa Clara, CA

Major: Math

Coffee is Brandon's best friend through thick and thin: It aids in his battles against theoretical math problems, supplements his time with friends, and calms him during even the most stressful times. Coffee also helps him plan FoRCES meetings, a club committed to bringing representation to minorities in STEM, as well as integrating these issues with the humanities to bring about accurate, relevant change. You won't get lost on his tours; just follow the trailing scent of coffee.

Liliana Valle ’22

Eastside High School, Gainesville, FL

Major: Undecided

Liliana is considering majoring in Physics and French. Outside of quantum mechanics and wanting to become a Parisian, she is passionate about Latin American history and Frank brunch on Sundays. When she is not giving tours, you can find her playing 5C Women’s Ultimate Frisbee, working at the Sustainability Integration Office, or eating a Some Crust cookie.

Claire Van Note

Southwest High School, Minneapolis, MN

Major/Minor: Economics, Theatre (minor)

Claire is from the frozen tundra and is enjoying the sunny California weather! Between ballroom dancing, organizing Pomona blood drives, and doing technical theatre for both the Pomona Theatre Department and The Green Room, she has a variety of interests both inside and outside of the classroom. In her (limited) spare time, Claire loves attending Snack, devouring fantasy/adventure novels, and testing out the chocolate milk at all the dining halls (spoiler: Pomona's is the best).

Bryce Wachtell ‘21

Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, CT (home is Boise, ID)

Major: Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)

Bryce is a newly declared PPE major. He currently writes for The Claremont Journal of Law and Public Policy and is a leader for On the Loose, the outdoors club of The Claremont Colleges, and an Orientation Adventure group leader. He can be found hanging around Skyspace or napping on Marston Quad most days, and he never misses brunch at Frank Dining Hall.

Max Wragan ’22

The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ (home is Washington, D.C.)

Major: Neuroscience

Outside of class and the neuro lab, you can find Max playing frisbee with the 5C women’s ultimate disc team or at morning meditation with the Claremont Mindfulness Club. Max’s favorite thing to do on campus is split a milkshake with friends at the Coop Fountain.

DJ Wright

Waukegan High School, Waukegan, IL

Major: Asian Studies (pre-med track)

DJ is so excited to be in Claremont at Pomona College, especially since she has easy access to her favorite drink and de-stressor: boba. She is a proud member of the FLI (First-Generation and/or Low-Income) community and can be found scattered across campus at one of her 5 jobs (mainly as a manager at the Coop Store). DJ is an Asian Studies Liaison who is often practicing her Korean at Oldenborg. Between her Asian studies classes and her pre-med classes, DJ likes to spend time playing with her pet hamster, watching Korean dramas, and napping as much as possible.

David Yu ’21

Davis Senior High School, Davis, CA

Major: Asian Studies, with a concentration in Japanese History

In addition to being an Asian Studies liaison, David also plays trumpet in the Pomona College Jazz Band. He would also like to emphasize that, although he studies Japanese, he does not watch anime (although he respects its artistry)! Outside of class, you can find David listening to Kendrick Lamar, playing Smash Bros., and feeding his addiction to boba.