No place is perfect, of course, but Pomona may come as close to it as any college experience could realistically could. Unlike many top universities, which struggle with providing superb professor accessibility and individual attention, and unlike many top liberal arts colleges, which may be limited with the depth of their resources and opportunities, Pomona finds a way to seamlessly blend the benefits of both systems. The academic experience is distinguished and deeply personal: brilliant and collaborative professors and peers contribute to a robust intellectual climate which values exploration, growth, and meaningful encounter. The average student is fiercely intelligent but also humble, interesting, charitable, and compassionate: a rare dynamism of traits which illustrates the special nature of this place. I am deeply thankful that this place has enabled me to become a more articulate, understanding, and connected individual.