Support a New Year of Connections 

This and every fall, students gather on campus to make the kind of connections uniquely possible at a place like Pomona. For 130 years, the dedication and the support of the Pomona community has shaped the College into a model of education which stands as a beacon of liberal arts today. Need-blind admissions. Small classes. Meaningful faculty-student relationships. Access for all students to resources, research and internships. Countless opportunities for hands-on learning and collaboration. Encouragement for bold, interdisciplinary thinking. Thank you for making the Pomona experience possible year after year.

Support the many connections to come this year and beyond for Pomona students.

Claire Fan, Class of 2018

Claire Fan ’18 at Millikan Laboratory

  • Mathematics major 
  • Favorite place to hang out? Marston Quad 
  • Why Pomona? I was interested in math and computer science, but I’ve always loved history and literature and I care about things like climate change. I loved the idea of the liberal arts – learning to think and learn rather than just learning a subject.

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Claire, Sathya and Tessa Making Connections

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Claire Fan ’18

Sathya Chitturi ’18

Sathya Chitturi ’18 at Millikan Laboratory

  • Chemistry major with a Mathematics minor
  • Favorite building on campus? The Greek Theatre, sometimes I like to sit in the theatre at night and look at the stars.
  • Some highlights of your Pomona experience? Studying abroad at Cambridge and summer research at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

Fall of sophomore year, I took Intro to Sociology. The course employed ways of thinking very different from what I was used to. But these ways of thinking led to eye-opening lessons. For my final paper, I interviewed five members of Pomona’s staff about their experience learning English as adult immigrants from Mexico. Hearing the lived experiences of these people from their own voices allowed me to learn more than any datasets or journal articles could have.

Spring of junior year, I studied abroad in India. It changed my world view. I saw that the material covered in development economics courses is distant from the lived experiences in this “developing” country. Although economics aims to be logical and mathematical, like all social science and even natural science it takes on the biases of the powerful people who get to do it. I continue to appreciate the way of thinking economics offers, but now I want to be even more thoughtful and intentional about the topics I study, the assumptions I make, and the long-term impact of my work on real people.

Sathya Chitturi ’18

Tessa Finley ’18

Tessa Finley ’18 at Seaver Biology Greenhouse

  • Double major in Biology and Religious Studies
  • Favorite building on campus? Frary, because it feels like Hogwarts!
  • Why Pomona? The attitude of learning as exploration. Anything that provokes curiosity is met with encouragement and help from my professors and friends.

My first class in college was Pomona’s mandatory ID 1 writing seminar. I’d never experienced a humanities class in which students contributed so much. Everyone had something different and valuable to say. I often think back on that class when I reflect on the ability of people to contribute totally different but valuable things to a common issue.

Being in Pomona’s liberal arts environment has allowed me to develop different modes of thinking and given me a much more nuanced understanding of the outside world. Pomona students really like asking questions, and coming up with answers and opinions in response to those questions has been transformational.

Tessa Finley ’18

Coming into college, I fully expected to read Plato. But the way Professor Oona Eisenstadt put Plato’s ideas into conversation with ethical philosophy after the Holocaust was entirely new to me. Books that might once have seemed archaic to me took on beautiful dimensions.

Most semesters, I’ve taken philosophy courses alongside biology or chemistry courses. Even those the content of these courses differs, I find that the spirit of difficult research work in the lab is informed by the ethical and existential philosophy I read in other classrooms. Studying philosophy and religion gives me a context for understanding why science is worthwhile altogether.