Being a California Transplant

One of the things I’ve learned in the past couple of months as I’ve transitioned to working for Cal Poly Pomona is that much like Texas; the Golden State, is its own entity. The California “state of mind” is no myth and the networks and connections here in Higher Education are more intertwined than a Shona Rhymes TV drama.

Working for Cal Poly Pomona has been a great stepping stone of introducing me into this new adventure I’ve deemed my path to becoming a “California Transplant”


The biggest question I had to explain to those around me who are unfamiliar with how Southern California operates asked, “Where is Pomona? What’s in Pomona?”

To try and make it easier one may want to reference LA because it’s in the greater LA area.

“I live outside of LA”


2Once that happens, the cynics will automatically go to one thing…

“Oh well good luck with sitting in traffic!”


And while SoCal traffic is something that is very real, it’s not the end of the world. I would suggest avoiding certain highways during certain hours, but it’s not as bad as it sounds. Also, there are ways of getting around town on side streets and there are some great apps out there that help you get there fast!

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Meet some of our staff!


Scott Hoffman

Scott joins us from Boston, Massachusetts where he received a master’s degree in College Student Development and Counseling from Northeastern University. A native of Las Vegas, Nevada, Scott is a die-hard New York Mets fan and spends way too much time playing video games.  Scott has served as the Residence Life Coordinator for Encinitas Hall during the 2014-2015 school year.





Jason M. Lu

Jason completed his undergraduate degree at UC Irvine in Information and Computer Science. His graduate degree is in Student Affairs at New York University. He has worked in University Housing Services for 5 years and loves Cal Poly Pomona. In his free time, he loves to workout by going to Zumba!  Jason is currently the Interim Coordinator for Residential Education and Leadership.




Jazmin Rew-Pinchem

Jazmin is in her 3rd year in the Residence Life Coordinator position here at Cal Poly Pomona. She completed her undergrad work at San Jose State University. She graduated with her Masters from University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom. Originally from Southern California, Jazmin is very grateful in her current role to bring her life experiences and grow professionally. She enjoys working with the diverse student population and uses her teaching experience to help students explore life-long lessons
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