American Society of Civil Engineers takes Tempe, AZ!

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Design Teams, Desiree, Professional & Academic, Uncategorized, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

One of the student organizations I’m in is the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), one of the many professional engineering organizations on campus. Unlike most of the other professional engineering clubs though, ASCE consists of student led design teams within the org. The design teams include Concrete Canoe, Environmental, Geotech Wall and Steel Bridge (which is what I’m on!). …

NSBE National Conference!

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs

I just want to start off by saying that NSBE Nationals is by far one of the best experiences I’ve had since at USC, and it’s definitely because of the people. For those of you who aren’t familiar with NSBE, it stands for the National Society of Black Engineers, and our mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible …

It’s about that time of year again…..Finals Season!

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Viterbi Life

The weather is a little cooler and the leaves are slowly falling,which means it’s every college student’s favorite time of year…..Finals Season! The entire semester is basically a build up to this one week and a half of final projects, papers, and exams, and I for one could not be more ready for this season to pass. working on our …

Truss us, we’re friends

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life

Cheering on our team! Compared to some of the other engineering major classes, the civil engineering class of 2019 is relatively small with probably about 25-30 students- which can be a good or bad thing depending on who you ask. I’m one of those people who thinks it’s a good thing. I’ve gotten so used to having classes with the same …

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 …

“Join the Club!”

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It feels sooo good to be back in LA! As much as I enjoyed my summer in Kansas City, it doesn’t compare to living less than 30 minutes from the beach. I got right back into the swing of things my first week of classes- catching up with classmate-turned-friends and going to events on campus. The Involvement Fair, where all …

Off to College, Now What?

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Its August, which means it’s about that time where recently graduated seniors are slowly packing up their rooms and getting ready to start their new chapters, and for some that means becoming a Trojan! I’ll be starting this fall as a junior (oh how time flies), but I still remember coming in as a freshman not knowing much, and desperately …

My Summer: Interning at BNSF Railway

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Hey there! Summer is already halfway over and time is really flying by. After spending a few weeks at home in little ol’ Fort Worth, Texas, I headed out to Kansas City, Kansas (not to be mistaken with Kansas City, Missouri- trust me, there’s a difference) to spend the rest of my summer interning at BNSF Railway! If you didn’t …

All in A Day’s Work

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Along with being a full time student, I also work at USC’s Office of Advancement calling center. At the call center, I get to work with other fellow Trojan students and reach out to Alumni and strengthen alumni relations, while also raising support for the university. This job is unique because I get to speak to hundreds of alumni ranging from …

NSBE: My Second Family!

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Coming in to USC I knew absolutely no one- although that didn’t last very long after attending Welcome week and the Viterbi Luau. The Viterbi Luau is where I was first introduced to my second family, The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). NSBE is an organization whose mission is “increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel …