“I’m not bossy, I’m the boss”: Takeaways from Grace Hopper

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Plus, Women In Engineering, Yingyu

It’s Friday, and my very first Grace Hopper experience is coming to an end! It’s been a hectic but brilliant week and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! For those of you who don’t know, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world’s largest gathering of women in technology, produced annually by the Anita …

Weekend Roadtrip: Feeling Alive in Death Valley

Rhea Choudhury Free Time, Hikes, Rhea, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

While I love being on campus and our little USC bubble, one of my absolute favorite things to do is go on roadtrips. My parents always took me to beautiful natural spaces as a kid, and my love for nature and the ~great outdoors~ has grown exponentially in the last few years. If I have a chill weekend ahead, I’ll …

#ThroughHerEyes: From Elementary School to Viterbi

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Why USC, Women In Engineering

One of my main role models, Melinda Gates, is asking girls in computer science to share their stories of how they got into computing with the hashtag #ThroughHerEyes. I thought I would share my story here with you all since a caption on social media can’t capture it fully. Here’s my story… As a child, I was fortunate that my …

Beginner’s Guide to Managing Midterms

Nathan Alvarez Aerospace and Mechanical, Nathan, Study

Midterms can be scary- especially when they’re your first ones of college. I remember stressing out during my first midterm season and getting confused how they could be “midterms” if we really had 2-3 per class in the semester. Here are some tips from my own experience about getting through your midterms. 1) Realize they’re not technically midterms. Yes, that’s …

Building Science: For the Design-y Engineers

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Civil and Environmental, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus

Yo yo yo whats up. So, choosing a major… it’s hard.. especially when you have so many options. But guess what, you don’t have to know exactly what you’re going to study entering your freshman year. And, even if you think you know what you’re going to study, your experiences at college might shape your path in a different way …

Camping in the Sierra – The Basics

Naish Free Time, Hikes, Naish

Camping in the Sierras is California’s way of showing you that it’s one of the most beautiful states in the lower 48. Living, breathing, and studying in LA for months on end can be a fantastic fast-paced blur of excitement, but slowing down a bit and admiring the outdoors is a wholesome environment to reflect and enjoy on the events …

Housing after Freshman Year

Suveena Thanawala Apartment, Suveena, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Freshman year housing is such a unique experience – it’s where I met some of my best and closest friends, and the people that I lived with last year and this year. Two years ago, I lived in Birnkrant Residential Hall, which was the honors college (now, that’s McCarthy). You can read all about the perks of dorm vs. suite …

Organize yourself to join Student Organizations

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Computer Science, Design Teams, Involvement, Ramiro, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Why USC

Getting involved with a school organization is definitely a great part of the college experience. With some organizations, you’ll be able to make new friends and go on different adventures, while other organizations will put classroom lessons into practice. Whichever you decide to join, not limited to either type, you will find many opportunities for growth and learning. For me, …

Networking (with your Friends!)

Bria Abroad, Bria, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

One thing I’ve learned since being in college is that while networking with corporate representatives is important, making connections with your peers and the people you work with in school is crucial. The Trojan Family is definitely a real thing and I’ve encountered Trojan alums throughout the recruiting process (and in all 3 of my internships). Daisy!! Besides the value …

Hello World! (Hehehe)

Namita Prakash Computer Science, Namita, Study, Viterbi Class, Why USC

Sophomore year so far has been WOW. It has been ridiculously intense in every way, and now midterm season is starting up. The nights are getting later, but everything about sophomore year has somehow still been even better than freshman year, and I think a huge reason for this are my two Computer Science classes. My CSCI 170 Discrete Methods …

Everybody’s Working for the Weekend

Timothy Marino Beach, Chemical, Hikes, Tim

This past weekend, I did something cool. After class on Friday, I, along with many other Trojan football fans, travelled up to San Francisco for the Cal football game. Although this was the original intent of the trip, however, I didn’t actually end up tailgating or going to the game. Instead, I swapped my football jersey for my camera and …

Watching Movies For Class Credit. Seriously.

Shayna Goldberger Shayna, Why USC

When you think of the classes an engineering student takes in college you might it’s all really complicated math, lots of theoretical science, long labs with crazy chemicals, and highly technical, focused classes on the particular type of engineering. While those are a big part of an engineering curriculum (but in reality, aren’t as scary as they may seem), while …

Take a Break, De-stress, and Explore!

Desiree James Best of LA, Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Free Time, Museums

Well it’s about that time of year again that every student looks forward to- midterm season! Just kidding, no sane person actually likes midterm season, but it does mean we’re that much closer to winter break!! And as important as getting good grades and studying is around this time of year, it’s also important to remember that college is something …

Studying Abroad is Expensive and Inapplicable, right? Wrong!

Daniel Donchev Abroad, Biomedical, Daniel, Major, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

If you’ve stumbled upon my other blog, titled “The Five Staples of Rome,” you would know that this past summer was a whirlwind of highlights I will look back fondly upon for the rest of my life. But you’re probably thinking that this unbelievable experience came at a huge cost that forced me to drain my savings and take out …

Living in the Village: Apartment-ing and Adult-ing

Siena Applebaum Apartment, Siena, Viterbi Life

Hey friends! I can’t believe we’ve already been in school for over a month, these past 5 weeks have FLOWN by (I just had my first midterm of the year – what). This year has been different from my freshman year in so many ways. One of the biggest changes has been transitioning from living in a dorm to living …

Redefining the “Lab”: Research in CS

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Yingyu

Interested in research but don’t know where to start? Here’s some perspective into what research in computer science looks like at Viterbi! When I was in high school, I thought doing research in a laboratory meant wearing gloves, goggles, and a lab coat while mastering your pipette technique. So when I was a college freshman and I heard people talk …