Meet Bria

Environmental Engineering
Class of ’18


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Hello! Welcome to my student page! I’m Bria, a junior studying Environmental Engineering from Bakersfield, California. On campus, Iโ€™m involved inย Society of Women Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and a social sorority, Gamma Phi Beta! I’ve had two internships, one with MATT Construction and one with LA County Sanitation Districts.ย This past summer I lived in Spain and studied abroad through the Viterbi Overseas Program! Follow me on Instagram to see more of my life at USC!



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Involvements

I am on the executive board of my social sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, serving as Vice President of Panhellenic Affairs. In my position I am the liaison between my house and the university. I also plan events with other sororities on campus!
The Viterbi Overseas Program is a 7 week study abroad program for engineering students. I spent this past summer in Madrid, Spain. During the week, I took classes in upper division writing and thermodynamics. On the weekends, I travelled all throughout Spain!
SWE aims to stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders. I’ve met an amazing group of women through this organization, and I love that the USC chapter includes a variety community, social, and professional networking events!

My Major at USC: Environmental Engineering


My Favorite Classes
In this class I learned all about how microorganisms play a role in environmental engineering. I didn’t realize that while they play a huge role in solving a lot of environmental problems, microbes also are the cause of a lot of problems too! It’s all about knowing when to use them to benefit our society best.
This class was so much fun (partly because I took it in Spain)! My professor was really understanding of our schedules since we were abroad and he connected all of the assignments to engineering (and Spain/Spanish culture). I got to write about everything from the ethics of solar panel production to the science of making churros!
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High School Extracurriculars

I did whatever made me happy. I did a bunch of random stuff that I loved even if it didnโ€™t scream โ€œperfect college applicant.โ€

Application Essays

In my essays, I wrote about what I truly feel passionate about. It's so much easier to write when you feel strongly about something!

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Two Truths and a Lie

Can you guess which of these are true or false?
True! I felt like 19 was a weird age and didn’t know how to celebrate it, so I went skydiving on my 19th birthday!
True (kinda). I went to Disney World in Florida once but other than that I’ve never been to the East Coast, but I really want to visit New York!
False! I have one older brother and no sister or twin!

My Netflix Obsessions

  • Black Mirror is a Netflix original, and it is so addicting! It is like a modern day twilight zone that shows what the world will be like if we take our technologies to the extreme. When I was abroad, we all fell in love with this show!

  • Don’t judge me. Secret Life of the American Teenager became my guilty pleasure this year. The acting is not great and honestly neither is the plot line, but I loved watching it regardless.

  • House of Cards is such a great show. I love political dramas because they make you wonder about all of the things our government might be hiding from us.