Pomona College Orientation Adventure 2019

Pomona College Orientation Adventure 2019

September 12, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


OA is Orientation Adventure. The first years and transfers, incoming class
gets to go on various camping and outdoor trips. So, we’re the surfing trip. It’s a great way to bond and just spend
time in the California outdoors, get a good welcome to southern California and get to
know all of your incoming class. Perfect weather. Like, I don’t know, 75 degrees, sunny. Great day to go out surfing, which has been
a blast, honestly. I’ve never been surfing before; the lessons
were awesome. They were really helpful, even give us a push
when we wanted it. Still have some time to figure it out, so
I’m gonna go out there and hopefully catch some big ones. Everyone’s out here having a great time. A lot of us are struggling, but we’re figuring
it out. It’s great, it’s a lot of people from
a lot of different backgrounds here. It’s been great to meet everyone. Get to talk to everyone in a different setting
than just on campus, which I think is really cool. So, we’re in the Green Valley Lake San Bernardino
Mountains. Right now, we are on a hike and then yesterday
we got to do stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and canoeing at the lake, which was super
fun. And just swimming around and it was a beautiful
day, and this is a beautiful area. I feel so lucky because this is my second
year leading OA and my third time getting to go on OA and I think Pomona really provides
us with a lot of cool locations to go and a lot of awesome things to do. I think it’s just a really great thing that
Pomona does. All of us when we came, we had so many emotions
we’re all feeling overwhelmed. Many of us were nervous, home-sick, sad, yet
also excited. And so, it’s really a great time to just
slowly settle into it. And to recognize that we’re not alone. Everyone is going through the same thing together
and that’s part of the beauty of Orientation. It’s that you can connect, relax, just soak
in the beauty of nature before you really get busy with work and so that way you have
maybe a support network set up for people you know and can wave to as you’re walking
around campus on the first day and beyond.