My Freshman Dorm: New North

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Well, well, well. You’re probably checking out these pages because you got in and you’re trying to make your decision. What can I say about Freshman Housing? It was, without a doubt, a new experience for me. It was me, my roommate, and a couple hundred of our closest friends in one building. Usually one says ‘closest friends’ sarcastically, but …

Second Semester Senior

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  I’m writing this to you on a lovely Southern California day! And by lovely I mean we’ve been hit by El Nino and it is lovely to be inside cozying up to my computer and some hot tea. It’s hard to believe January has blown by so quickly, it’s going to be President’s Day in the blink of an …

Trekking to Mars: SpaceX and My Experience with Career Searching

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This summer I managed to secure a dream internship in SpaceX’s purchasing department. Beyond the daily duties required as an associate buyer, my main task was creating a comprehensive spreadsheet of all the materials used in the composites sub assemblies of the Falcon 9 rocket. While this was a lot of digging through the SpaceX files and contacting vendors for materials …

Get Outside Your Comfort Zone

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When I applied to USC one of the reasons was that I saw so many opportunities of clubs and activities that I could do in and outside of Viterbi. Options ranging from: hands-on learning in the Rocket Propulsion Lab (RPL) and USC Racing, to academic organizations like the National Organization for Business and Engineering (NOBE) and the Center for Engineering …

Winter Recap and Spring Semester

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Wow, the spring semester is already here and underway! I can’t believe that winter break went by that fast! Over break I went home to the great city of Chicago! It wasn’t quite the same as the 60 and 70 degree California weather, being outside with temperatures below freezing took a little adjustment! Family time was awesome, it was the …

Favorite TV Show: The Newsroom

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I’ll keep this one short and to the point. I am a huge movie fan, and by the transitive property a huge HBO fan. A couple of years ago HBO came out with the series The Newsroom and I latched on pretty quickly. Disclaimer: I’m not a TV critic, and my taste (however awesome) may not align with yours. For those of you …

You Made What?! 3D Printing

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One of the greatest things about USC, in my humble opinion, is the ability for students to see a need and fill it. Last year my friends and I decided that there was a shortage of 3D printing opportunities for students across all majors on USC’s campus. Several schools here- including the Architecture School, Viterbi, and Roski- have access to …

Old Annenberg: my little secret

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My schedule this semester bounces me across campus on every day of the week. From VHE to RTH, and Hoffman Hall (HOH) to Grace Ford Salvatori (GFS); but one place is becoming a constant, a home away from home: the west lobby at ASC, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism! I say Annenberg and your thoughts might jump to the …

MECHanical + OPtical + elecTRONIC = MECHOPTRONICS

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It has been called one of the most nerve-wrecking courses at USC. Mostly by other AME students, but hey, what’s to be expected when your midterms are upgraded to “terror-quizzes”? Hype aside, Mechoptronics is very quickly becoming one of my favorite classes I’ve taken thus far at USC. As a 300 level AME course, Mechop delves into the heartier subjects …

This Semester at a Glance

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What? We’re already through the first week? Man time flies when you’re having fun! This semester’s classes are looking so fun. I’m taking Computer-Aided Analyses for Aero-Mechanical Design (or just AME 308), Dynamics of Fluids, Thermodynamics, the infamous Mechop, and I’m getting into my Entrepreneurship minor with the Management of New Enterprises, and I snuck in the design team tech …

My Summer, an LA Story

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Geez, at the end of the summer why does it always feel like August came right after May? However fast the summer flew by, the experiences I had were, to me, nothing short of spectacular. Here are a couple of my highlights: This year was my first year at USC Racing’s competition in Lincoln, NE. We had a 27-hour car …

Studying: Tips and Tricks of an Enginerd

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Entering your freshman year here at USC you may find that there is a shift in the work load and level from what you experienced in high school. You’re going to say, “I’m an engineer: this is what I want to do with my life” (okay maybe that’s wishful thinking, but you see where I’m going). I say to you, …

My Favorite Organization: USC Racing

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I love USC’s is the many extracurricular opportunities that are offered on campus. In engineering, ‘hands on’ experience is the most valuable that you can obtain. When I think about experience I think about design teams, and when I think design teams I think USC Racing. USC Racing builds a new Formula style car from scratch every school year, in preparation …