Meet Aarya

Mechanical Engineering
Class of ’19

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Hello friends, welcome to my student page! I’m Aarya, a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering. On campus, I’m involved with the Environmental Core , the Environmental Student Assembly, and SHPE SHAPE. Outside of school I like baking, hiking, and exploring all the nifty things to do in Los Angeles. Thanks for checking out my page!

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As part of USC’s premier environmental activism group on campus, I work with my fellow students to focus on getting solar power at USC, as well as other green initiatives. Right now my friends and I are working on getting USC to manage its waste better by composting and recycling.
ESA is a part of the Undergraduate Student Government, so we put on events to raise awareness about sustainability on campus. As the Director of Internal Membership, I make sure everyone feels like a family so the environment knows there’s a group of loving people who care about it.
SHPE SHAPE is a part of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). We mentor high schoolers from the surrounding areas, focusing most heavily on SAT and ACT prep. If the students involved with SHPE SHAPE get into USC, they get a full ride!

My Major at USC: Mechanical Engineering

My Favorite Classes
Don’t let anyone tell you math isn’t fun. In my differential equations class, I learn about matrices, eigenvalues, and third order differential equations, as well as other snazzy math concepts. It’s beautiful to me how everything works out as if it were meant to be.
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My Tips for You

Application Essays

Be honest and be yourself. I know you might here that a lot, but it's true! I wrote about how I love cooking and music, which aren't very engineering oriented. But I wrote from the heart, and that's most important.

Application Extracurriculars

Talk about what you're passionate about, not what you think the admissions office will want to see. If you're really into a foreign language, write about that. Or if you're part of your school's engineering club, that's great, too!

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Two Truths and a Lie

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My Favorite Movies

  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is a well-deserved classic, sprinkled with motivational life quotes and random acts of fun. I strive to live everyday as Ferris Bueller-esque as possible , minus kicking my dads’s car.

  • One of the best romantic comedies (but comedic in a weird way) that I have ever seen. It has a subtitled dog. And it’s on Netflix! What more could you want?

  • This is hands down the best movie I watched this summer, and honestly maybe ever. It’s so funny I cried a little and so touching that I cried a lot.