4 Years Later: Why USC Then, and Why USC Now

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Then As a high school senior, I explored a variety of schools to figure out what I was looking for in my college experience. With my passion for math and science in mind, and hoping to leave the east coast chill behind for California, one of my first college tours was Caltech. This was a turning point in my college …

ASBME Makeathon: An Experience to Remember

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Campus Events, Design Teams, Dominie, Electrical, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Every February, the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering, the premier biomedical engineering student organization on campus, hosts an undergraduate medical device design competition called the Makeathon. 12 to 15 teams of four or five students have 30 hours to brainstorm, 3D model, and prototype a device that solves a real-world health challenge. In the past, the challenge has been proposed …

Why USC: Benefits of Being a Trojan

Mark Parent Abroad, Best of LA, Civil and Environmental, Design Teams, Life Outside Of Engineering, Mark, Music, Students, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Why USC Leave a Comment

Choosing a college is a monumental life decision, where you essentially choose where you’re going to spend the next 4 years of your life, not to mention your lifelong friend group. Many of you are patiently awaiting your admissions letters in the mail and if USC was not your dream school (believe me it wasn’t mine either), you’re probably wondering …

Midterm Season and the 5 Ways I Deal with Stressing About It

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Major, Students, Study Leave a Comment

It’s week 6, and we’re officially over 1/3 through the semester! This means that the dreaded midterm season is upon us, with my first round of exams beginning this week! What does this mean? More long nights studying, less free time to be spontaneous around LA, and more anxiety and stress around campus. But, since this is my sixth semester …

Weekend Getaways in LA!

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One of my favorite aspects about going to school in LA has been the city’s proximity to a variety of fun places to explore – in my time here I’ve taken weekend trips to San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Malibu, just to name a few. This past weekend, I made what might have been my favorite weekend trip yet – …

A Love Letter to my SI Leaders

Natalie Kistler Biomedical, Natalie K, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and “love is in the air”. Target in the village is stocked full of candy and it’s hard not to notice a slightly different vibe on campus. It’s only fitting that I harness this energy and write a love letter to someone special, in fact many special people: my SI leaders, aka the people of your …

Club Volleyball at USC

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Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved playing volleyball. I was born and raised in northern California, one of the few places where men’s volleyball is—you know, an actual thing. All four of my siblings played growing up, so while I was little and playing on my Gameboy courtside at all their tournaments, I was unknowingly accruing game-sense and intuition, …

Exploring Art in LA

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Coming from a small town, one of the things I was most excited about was the opportunity to explore LA! There’s definitely a lot to do here, from eating your way through Koreatown to exploring the beautiful beaches (yes, Santa Monica is not the only beach near LA). In the past few weeks, with school being less busy, I’ve gotten …

Living in my Sorority

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If you asked me before college “Where do you see yourself living in a few years?”, I would have probably said “Alone, with my own bathroom, maybe a nice view of Downtown LA”. I would not have said living with 70 of my friends in a sorority house. I moved into my sorority house at the beginning of junior year, …

Anxiety in College

Alice Gusev Home Life, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Recently, I’ve fallen into a place where I feel like I’m juggling too many things at once. Like Heracles slaying the Hydra, no matter how many tasks I finish, another two or three seem to rear their heads. In a typical week, I have well over ten time-consuming academic tasks, two two-hour meetings, and three thee-hour labs. On top of …

The Perfect Schedule

Madelyn Douglas Electrical, Madelyn, Major, Music, Research, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

So far, one of my favorite parts about being a second semester senior is FINALLY having the first choice for all my classes. This semester has brought the most exciting lectures yet because OHMYGOSHILOVEALLMYCLASSES which can be a rare thing when you’re anxiously awaiting a registration date while all the good GE spots fill up (aww, freshman year memories). Behold, …

Cheffing it Up

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Up It’s 4:05 PM. Class ran a bit long, and you’re finally back at your apartment, but you have a meeting across campus at 6:30. You’re starving, as you often are after a long day of studies. You could pick up something quick from the nearest burger spot, but your stomach (and your wallet) beg to differ. What on earth …

Take Advantage of USC Events!!

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As an engineering student, schedules fill up quickly. Between six classes, research, design teams, and of course podcasting, I often look at my calendar for the day and I don’t even have 30 minutes free. When my classmates pull up their calendars, it looks about the same. There’s a lot to take part in at USC, and it’s the nature …

Why I am BME and Pre-med

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Whenever I tell people that I am both a biomedical engineering and pre-medical student, they look at me like I’m absolutely crazy. Which, maybe I am… The next question I get is why? The answer to this question is extremely nuanced, and before I go into my story, I want to share the different perspectives and profiles of BME/pre-med students …

Undergrad Research in Viterbi!

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Involvement, Major, Research, Students, Study, Why USC Leave a Comment

Spring semester is here! We’re almost done with week 4 of the semester, and it’s been great getting back into the swing of things, seeing friends again after winter break, and making new memories exploring LA. With every new semester, though, comes new challenges, new classes, and new projects to work on. At the end of this week, I’m presenting …

Minors: Unpacking the Myths

Sheetal Madnani Chemical, Professional & Academic, Sheetal, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

As I begin my sixth semester here at USC, I find myself feeling secure for the first time in three years in the fact that I decided to pursue a minor outside of the Viterbi School of Engineering.  As someone who has always been interested in areas outside of engineering, from history to politics to philosophy, deciding to pursue engineering …