Why ‘Just Plain Fun’ Is Good For You

Admissions Essay: Although it may appear to the contrary, we do know that people have a life beyond what they do to get into college. Tell us about an experience you’ve had outside your formal classroom and extracurricular activities that was just plain fun and why.

By David Oxtoby (Pomona)

David Oxtoby’s best experiences were on a bike. From 100-mile races in California to leisurely rides in France, Oxtoby is living life to the fullest when his feet are hitting the pedals. He wrote about some of his best biking experiences for the Wall Street Journal.

David Oxtoby is a theoretical chemist and president of Pomona College. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and books, including the Principles of Modern Chemistry and Chemistry: Science of Change.