So, I had a very busy college day on Monday. So busy, in fact, that I am giving it two blog posts! That's right, you might have to read more! Muwahahahaha. Well, I think that I am stalling because it was pretty hard to formulate my opinion of Pomona. In contrast to the last school that I visited, I went into my information session and tour of Pomona with an extremely high expectation of falling in love with Pomona. When I asked my best friend which college she had loved most just by the visit, she responded with a "Pomona!!!!!!!!!!!". I'm actually fairly certain that I used the exact number of exclamation marks that she did. Needless to say, I took her response to heart and went in wanting to be amazed. I'm not sure if my reaction was a result of having too high of an idealistic standard, or just that I don't like the same type of schools that she does.
One thing that I really loved about Pomona was the surrounding area. Before heading into our 9am tour, my family went to grab a bite at the Starbucks a few blocks away from campus. In addition to being nice and green, the street was lined with cute shops and galleries for local artists. The unfortunate part of the nice and green campus was that I was allergic to something green and not-so-nice. I was sneezing and eye-watering the entire tour, but I tried to put that out of my reaction to the college. I hope it worked.
The biggest thing that I didn't like about Pomona was something that I didn't realize how much I valued - a Christian environment. When beginning my college search, going to a Christian college was not a very big deal to me, or so I thought. Now I realize that having a Christian community completely changes how I view a college. I started wondering how comfortable I would really feel at a very secular, liberal college. I want to major in science and become a pediatrician, so that is going to mean lots and lots of things like biology and chemistry. Being a Christian student at a secular college majoring in biology will mean either hiding a lot of the conflicts that my beliefs will have with what they want me to say, or constantly butting heads with both other students and professors.
I thought that Pomona was a great school, but maybe not the one for me. Taking the tour and information session taught me a lot about what I am looking for, but I don't think that it's Pomona. I hope that my best friend doesn't hate me for this, but I thank her a lot for pushing me to tour at Pomona. It has taught me a lot about myself and the place I want to be for the next four years of my life.