USC, and the 10 Other Schools I Applied To

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, College Applications, Students, Study, Why USC Leave a Comment

I’m only a junior this year, so I’m not allowed to officially say I have senioritis, but as the semester draws to a close, it sure feels like I do. I’m sure many of you, as I was, are disappointed by how technically the senioritis can’t really kick in until after the application season is over, but don’t worry! You’re …

Navigating College Admissions as an International Student

Sheetal Madnani Chemical, College Applications, Sheetal, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

First off, take a deep breath.  It will all work out the way it is supposed to. That’s perhaps the most frustrating advice I received during my college admissions process, but having come out the other side, I finally understand why it really is the most important piece of advice. College admissions are rough, and there are no two ways …

What I Wish I Knew When I was Applying to Colleges

Mahima Varanasi College Applications, essays, Mahima, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

I know the picture above seems irrelevant, but it’s one of the photos I took the day I found out I had been accepted to USC. More about that story later. Moving on. It’s that time of year – application season. Or app szn as the kids say. (Is that what they say? I don’t know anymore.) If you’re applying …

Application Szn ~ College and Grad School Essay Tips

Madelyn Douglas College Applications, Life After Graduation, Madelyn, Professional & Academic, Study Leave a Comment

It was the start of Senior year, on a brisk August evening. I gulped in a deep breath of fresh air, and smiled at the colorfully polluted sky, carefree! Senior year of college. Finally free, ready to have a fun, responsibility-free semester—wait a second. OH, right, I decided to apply to grad school *cue reality check.* Dramatic introductions aside, applying …

Knowing USC… Forwards AND Backwards

Nick Bortolon Aerospace and Mechanical, College Applications, Nick, Professional & Academic, Trojan Spirit, Why USC Leave a Comment

Let’s all admit it: one of the most powerful draws to a college campus is the campus tour. It is a massive swaying point in many people’s college decisions, and USC capitalizes on that fact by making tour guides the best they possibly can be. That’s why I’m here, and that’s why I applied to be a Student Ambassador for …

Viterbi Summer Institute, APPLY!

Mark Parent Beach, Best of LA, Campus Events, Civil and Environmental, College Applications, Dorm, Food, Involvement, Major, Mark, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Sports, Students, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

The Viterbi Summer Institute is a program put on through the Center for Engineering Diversity that gives minority students the opportunity to get acclimated to the school and the unfamiliar area prior to the start of classes. You basically get to experience college before starting your freshman year, making the transition a lot simpler. A total of 50 students are …

Why Mechanical Engineering?

Nick Bortolon Aerospace and Mechanical, College Applications, Nick, Why USC Leave a Comment

If you’ve been on campus, you might have seen me walking backwards in front of a group of families, talking loudly with large hand gestures, including the occasional “Fight On!”. As a tour guide, I have plenty of opportunities to talk about why I chose USC, but not how I knew majoring in mechanical engineering was the right choice for …

Unsure about Engineering? Why I Chose to Pursue Computer Science

Lindsay Huang College Applications, Computer Science, Lindsay, Why USC, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Sometimes you encounter people who’ve seemingly known what they’ve wanted to do since birth. Those are also the only people who seem to reply to the “Why did you choose to study computer science?” thread on Quora when you’re desperately looking for clarity about your major at 2am and stress eating hot cheetos. If you can’t already tell, I didn’t …

Why I transferred

Alice Gusev Alice, College Applications, Electrical, Transfer, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

My first year and a half of college, I attended the University of Washington Seattle. I met some of the best friends of my life, and had some really awesome adventures. I’m from Seattle, so it was nice being close to home and seeing my family often, but something was missing. I always had a life-long dream of living in …

USC is the Place for Me: My Decision

Steven Douglass Aerospace and Mechanical, College Applications, Free Time, Research, Sports, Steven, Study, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

The question most prospective students have for me: why did I choose USC? What it really boils down to is three concepts. Number 1: There are multiple aspects of opportunity that I will dive into. First, a huge part of my college search involved planning for my future beyond my education. I wanted to know that when I graduated, I …

Why USC Was Right For Me

Cami Amein Cami, College Applications, Electrical, Why USC Leave a Comment

My sister is about to start her descent into the college application process as a rising high school senior, so now, most of my phone calls home are about picking schools, majors, essay topics, and everything else college related. It got me thinking about my own experience with picking schools and how on earth I ended up at USC, a …

Why USC?

Miranda Jernberg Best of LA, Chemical, College Applications, Home Life, Miranda, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Why USC, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

It’s official: National Decision Day is in less than one month. May 1st marks a day when most high school seniors finally commit to a college. I remember being over the moon when I received college acceptance letters. Then, I realized I had to narrow it down to just one college that I would spend the next four years at. …

Why USC & Why You Should Listen to our Latest Podcast

Audrey Roberts Aerospace and Mechanical, Audrey, College Applications, Why USC Leave a Comment

Last Monday, the Viterbi Voices podcast released our newest series: Engineering Impact, which focuses on groups and people in Viterbi applying engineering for social good. In the first episode, I spoke with several students from CAIS++, USC’s Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society’s Student Branch, which is an undergraduate group on campus developing AI applications for social good. Lucas and …

What/How/Why USC

Shuntaro Nishi Campus Events, Chemical, College Applications, Involvement, Shuntaro, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

Why USC? You might be a senior choosing colleges or a junior starting to check out colleges or just curious to see what the hype is all about at USC. The reason I learned about USC was through my sister. I have always followed my sister around ever since high school as I copied her extracurricular activities and strived to …