Meet Bethany

Biomedical Engineering
Class of ’18

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Hi! I’m Bethany, and I’m studying Biomedical Engineering and am from Fresno, California (or what I like to call, FresYes, CA!). On campus, my favorite extracurriculars are singing in USC’s Oriana Women’s Choir, playing some fun tunes with the pre-medical string ensemble and getting outdoors while channeling my inner John Muir with SC Outfitters. After class, I like to get some studying in while working as a library assistant at USC’s Law Library. I also work in a research lab where I am currently working on a project regarding tumor microenvironments. Keep scrolling to check out what my #ViterbiLife is like!

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As a member of Dr. Shen’s Laboratory for Integrative Biosystems Engineering, I currently work on micro-engineered tumor models.
Coming from a musical background, I wanted to get involved in a few ensembles here at USC. I sing first soprano in USC’s Oriana Women’s ensemble and play viola in a string ensemble.
This semester, I have a co-op at St. Jude Medical as a Manufacturing Engineer!

My Major at USC: Biomedical Engineering

My Favorite Classes
We are learning Solidworks, a 3D design software. It has been a lot of fun and it is awesome to see how much you can learn in just one class period!
Yoga is a class I am auditing this semester, which basically means that I do not have to show up if I don’t want to. It is on friday mornings and it an amazing way to relax after a long week. I really love the instructor and the way she teaches, and my roommate is taking the class as well!
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My Tips for You

Application Essays

I thought of my college essay as a sort of personal narrative. Try it out, and maybe you’ll realize that writing the essay becomes enjoyable rather than a chore! Also, don’t overthink the short answer section. They’re not trick questions!

Application Extracurriculars

Don’t feel pressured to list every last extracurricular activity you’ve ever remotely been involved in. It’s totally cool just to talk about the few things you’re most interested in.

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Two Truths and a Lie

Can you guess which of these are true or false?
True! It was so much fun to meet everyone involved in the founding of the department.
False! Actually, my favorite class so far has been EE4321, where I learned how to make a robot that washes dishes.
True! Sophie is always cracking jokes

My Favorite Shows

  • Parks and Recreation is a classic for me! It’s funny, witty, and each episode is  short enough to help me relax a little in between classes or homework sets!

  • Probably one of my favorite shows on TV right now! It’s fun, lighthearted, and actually got me into the superhero scene! Next stop, Comic-Con in San Diego?

  • The Office never fails to make me laugh out loud. I’ll be honest, I cried a little when *SPOILER ALERT* Jim and Pam got married and when Michael had to leave 🙁 Nevertheless, definitely one of my favorites!