Back on Campus for Spring 2016

ally-2017 Ally, Industrial and Systems, Viterbi Class 0 Comments

First of all check out that sunrise! That is literally from my bedroom window. After being abroad last semester in Australia, I am now SOSOSOSOOOO stoked to be back at USC. I had a great winter break and ended up traveling around Europe with some high school friends (definitely got the travel bug after Australia).

Fighting on with kangaroos!

Fighting on with kangaroos!

I am most excited to jump back into my classes and clubs which I was really missing abroad. I am taking five classes this semester: Software Programming, Facilities and Logistics, Human/Computer Interaction, Calculus 3, and Writing for Engineers. I’m most nervous about my Writing class and my Computer Science classes because both require a lot of time for projects/essays. In Software Programming I am finally transferring all my object-oriented and data structure knowledge from C++ to Java.

Any coders out there will understand what happens to your browser tabs when you have a coding project

Any coders out there will understand what happens to your browser tabs when you have a coding project

I just turned in my first assignment for computer science which basically was spell check. It took in 3 input files: a dictionary, a list of all the keys on a keyboard and the surrounding ones, and then a paragraph. First I found all the words spelled wrong, and then generated possibilities for what the word could be based on the surrounding keyboard keys.

Already made it out to Joshua Tree this semester!

Already made it out to Joshua Tree this semester!

I also joined two new organizations this semester. The first is LavaLab which is an entrepreneur club that puts you in groups of people from different majors that share a common interest and throughout the semester you design and make a product. I am really really excited to apply my engineering skills to something outside of class. I also joined JEP (Joint Educational Program) that partners students with local LA schools. I’ll be teaching Computer Science to a class of elementary school students as well as doing after school math tutoring. It’s a really great way to give back to the community in a way that is directly applicable to what you are learning in school. I haven’t received my school assignment yet but I’m stoked meet the kids.

In addition to JEP and LavaLab I am still involved in SC Racing and Ultimate Frisbee. I’m in for a challenging but very rewarding semester!

 

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