USC Engineering: Outside the Classroom

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Before college I was under the impression that engineering students never got any sleep due to their workload. I thought they spent all their time in class, doing homework or studying, all day every day. I even remember asking during a student panel if engineers got any sleep or if they were pulling all-nighters all the time. Fortunately I have found this to be false. While I have pulled my fair share of all-nighters, the majority of them can be blamed on my poor time management or werefor fun. Outside of class I do spend a lot of time doing homework and studying, but I still manage to find time for fun.

LA Adventures: I try my best to take advantage of everything the great city of LA has to offer whether that’s the culture, the food, or the beaches. I spend a lot of my free time trying new restaurants with my friends. I have a long list of places I want to try in LA including: macandcheeza, milk, and the geisha house. I guess that makes me a “foodie”.  When the weather permits, I try to make it out to the beach. The beaches are half the reason I wanted to live in Cali! Hopefully I can take a study break and can make it to Aliso Beach in Laguna this weekend. I’m also trying to fit in a lot more concerts this year. Last weekend I went to the Vampire Weekend concert at the Hollywood Bowl. I had never been to the Hollywood Bowl before but I loved it. The venue was great and Vampire Weekend was awesomeeeee!!

Vampire Weekend!

Vampire Weekend!

Apparently my photography skills are subpar : P but the concert was awesome nonetheless.

Extracurricular: Last year I used some of my free time to do research in a chemical engineering lab. It was a great opportunity for me to gain experience working with various instruments and gave me some insight into what I would like to do after college. This year I joined the American Institute for Chemical Engineers (AICHE). They have a lot of social as well as corporate events. Today AICHE hosted an ice cream social for chemical engineering professors and students. It’s nice to get a chance to talk to professors in a more relaxed environment.

OH ya! How can I forget USC football?! Of course many of my Saturdays are spent tailgating, watching the games, and then celebrating the win. Just got my tickets for the ULCA game!

Hopefully this gives you a glimpse into what my life is like outside the classroom and disproves any myths about engineers not having lives. Engineers definitely work hard, but we play hard too!

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