Pomona College should recreate sponsor groups for sophomores if we return to campus in the fall to provide students with the opportunity to form a community, argues Phillip Kong PO ’24.
Students who are new to campus need make-up in-person Orientation Adventures, writes Ryan Lillestrand PZ ’23.
For incoming first years at the 5Cs, orientation typically marks a grueling week of trips, packed auditoriums and long days of making new friends. But this year, the class of 2024’s orientations were replaced by live Zoom webinars, pre-recorded presentations and virtual social events.
Harvey Mudd recently ended their outdoor orientation trips, and in doing so, have eliminated valuable opportunities to bond.
Pomona College is planning a slew of changes to its first-year orientation programming, designed to increase awareness of campus resources.
Pomona College is shortening its Orientation Adventure by a day and a half, and adding LA-based options which won’t require wilderness travel.
Pomona will keep next fall’s Orientation Adventure destinations within four hours’ driving distance from campus.
Pomona College shortened its orientation by one day — but kept Orientation Adventure the same length.
Through basic restructuring and more student input in the planning process, Pomona’s Orientation Adventure could be significantly more welcoming and helpful to new students.
After reversing her controversial decision last fall to move Pomona College’s Orientation Adventure to students’ sophomore years, Dean of Students Avis Hinkson has held three open forums this semester to collect feedback for the new temporary Orientation Committee. Hinkson, who arrived at Pomona in August, announced in December the school