Welcome 10 new student bloggers!

by Matt Rubinoff

CSOlogo85x85We’ve added 10 fresh(men) faces to the blog for the new school year—all beat the odds to become the first in their family to attend college and began their first semesters this fall! They join our original 10 stu…

September 20th, 2010

Opportunity Scholar Seanna Leath featured on CNN!

by Cara Martin

CSOlogo-85Colleges ease financial burden through increased grants from endowments

Colleges ease financial burden through increased grants from endowments
Pomona College draws from its endowment to replace loans with grants for students like Seanna Leath.
September 1st, 2011
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September 2nd, 2011

The Speeding Car Called Summer

by Jenny Luong


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August 29th, 2011

Settled in!

by Leah Jean-Louis

leah-85To the incoming freshmen.

I hope you are getting settled in your dorms and with your class schedules. Luckily, I did before Hurricane Irene blew through my campus. I know you’re excited to be in college.

When I w…

August 29th, 2011

Junior Year- Time for some tough reflection-ing

by Khadijah Williams

khadijah-85 I cannot believe I’m a junior. I’m having so many conflicting emotions. On the one hand, theoretically, I’m so happy (and a bit amazed and confused) that I got this far. I mean, every all-nighter I thought- I’m not gett…

August 29th, 2011

It’s Time to Get Serious

by Ashley Roberts


Holy cow, I am a junior in college. Not that long ago, I didn’t think I was ever going to make it to this point and it has taken a lot of work to make sure that I did. Now that I am half way through, I know it is only going to get har…

August 29th, 2011

Goodbye Summer

by Jordan Lillegard

jordan-85Summer is coming to an end! My first day of class is Tuesday, so I would like to share with you how I spent my summer vacation this year. First of all, just before last semester ended I scored a job at In-N-Out Burger (the be…

August 22nd, 2011


by Lysa Vola

lysa-85This summer I participated in SMDEP (Summer Medical Dental Education Program) at Duke University School of Medicine. SMDEP is a free six week summer academic enrichment program for rising sophomore and junior col…

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Summer Livin

by Lot Kwarteng

lot-85Hello CSO family,

With my summer dwindling down to its last moments I wanted to share some of my experiences with all of you. This summer’s mission was simple: Stay Active. In summers past I would typically hold…

August 10th, 2011

Save Pell Day

by Ashley Roberts

ashley-85Today has been dedicated “Save Pell Day” and many people do not understand the importance of the Pell Grant and how many people it helps. My contribution to “Save Pell Day” is to write this b…

July 25th, 2011