Chirp Chirp! My name is Peter Kim and I am honored to be your Quest Liaison this year! It is a real privilege to be able to represent the QSN Chapter of the most wonderful and inclusive community in the world. Pomona is sincerely AN INCREDIBLE PLACE.
I want to first congratulate you for making it this far in your life and commend you for making a wonderful choice! Every Quest Scholar has an incredible story – a story of difficulties, hardships, and obstacles – that has shaped their beliefs and allowed them to become stronger in the face of adversity. Despite your circumstances, you have defied the odds. And while you overcame the struggles in your life, you also embraced your intellectual curiosity and seized a passion for learning. You are truly a unique and special individual.
At the same time, don’t forget that making it this far is a blessing none of us can comprehend. It is easy to think that your hard work and effort has brought you this far. But it has also been facilitated by the wonderful people in your life – your guardians and friends, your nurturing mentors, your dedicated teachers, and your community. They believed in your potential and opened an avenue to allow you to achieve. Thank them and remember that had it not been for the circumstances in your life, both good and bad, none of us would be here. Realize that Pomona is the first step in our responsibility towards humankind.
As the Liaison, I will try to best fulfill the role I have been given here at the chapter – to strengthen our community and our relationships with one another. I am the Quest Liaison, but I am also a Quest Scholar, a student of color, the first of my family to attend college in the US, an immigrant, and your peer. The next four years you will spend here at Pomona will open your eyes, challenge your beliefs, and help you better grasp your potential. I am so fortunate that I will be able to watch you grow and flourish.