A Summer That’s Out of This World

Suveena Thanawala Food, podcast, Professional & Academic, Suveena, Uncategorized 0 Comments

Hey everyone! For the past two months, I’ve been keeping busy are in Los Angeles with being an intern and seeing more of the city. Currently, I’m an intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where I’m working on developing software for embedded devices. JPL is a really cool place to intern – there’s a huge focus on the learning process, …

Seaside Adventures Around LA

Camila Salomon Gnecco Beach, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

One of the coolest things about exploring Los Angeles is that you never know what you’re going to run into. I am definitely a beach person, so on the weekends I tend to look for little beach escapes around Los Angeles. Most recently I’ve gone to Point Dume Beach and Santa Monica, and both of those times I ran into some unexpected …

This Summer I Fled to the Other Side of the World

Namita Prakash Free Time, Internship, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

I love Southern California. I really do. But if there’s one thing that makes me forget that love rather easily, it’s the heat. I’ve yet to spend more than a single boiling summer in the SoCal area, and this year has been no different. Every summer, my family and I make the impossible journey back to Bangalore, India, where we’d lived …

Summer in the Sun and Stars- Interning at Orbital ATK

Nathan Alvarez Aerospace and Mechanical, Beach, Free Time, Internship, Nathan, Sports, Work 0 Comments

This summer has been crazy trying to fit in work, time with family, and time at the beach. After taking one week off to travel to Seattle, I started working a full time internship at Orbital ATK in my hometown of Goleta, CA, and I’ve absolutely loved it. If you don’t already know, Orbital ATK is an aerospace and defense company …

Reflecting on Freshman Year: 5 Ways College Has Changed Me

Nathan Alvarez Campus Events, Free Time, Involvement, Nathan, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC 0 Comments

The fact that I am moving back to campus in a few weeks blows my mind. I still clearly remember how it felt opening my acceptance letter over a year ago. I was not sure exactly what to expect when coming to college, which I now realize makes sense because everyone’s experience is so different that it’s hard to explain …

Tracking the Old and Meeting the New: College Track Meets

Nathan Alvarez Campus Events, Free Time, Nathan, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

In high school, I was super involved with my cross-country and track and field teams, and that’s how I met some of my best friends. Suffering through long practices every day is a great way to bond with people, so that’s why I was so excited to hear that a couple of my old teammates were coming to race at …

Hiking L.A.

Siena Applebaum Beach, Free Time, Hikes, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

Hiking and camping were some of my favorite activities back home in Santa Barbara, so one of my biggest worries about moving to Los Angeles was that it would be hard to spend time in nature in such a big city. That turned out to be far from the truth; it’s surprisingly easy to spend time outdoors in LA. One …

All in A Day’s Work

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Students, Trojan Spirit, Work 0 Comments

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 …

Brunch brunch brunch

Vanessa Pangbourne Food, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

There are very few things I love more than Sunday Brunch and so naturally, since moving to LA I have made it my personal mission to find the best eggs benedict in this city. LA brunch is not something to joke about so I have taken this mission very seriously. So far, I think I’ve been to at least tens …

Santa Monica Beach Social

Daniel Donchev Beach, Best of LA, Daniel, Free Time, Involvement, Social & Diversity, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

It’s 8:00 AM on a Saturday morning following a grueling week of school and my alarm clock is going off with no remorse for my groggy state of being. As I gain a more clear consciousness, I begin to realize that I wasn’t out of my mind setting that alarm the previous night. In fact, I have only an hour …

A Picture a Day Keeps the Boredom Away!

Shuntaro Nishi Abroad, Chemical, Free Time, Shuntaro, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer, Why USC 0 Comments

Hey Everyone!! I am currently writing this blog post finishing up my Viterbi Study Abroad in Rome. I am definitely feeling a mixture of emotions right now as I pack my stuff in this place I called home for seven weeks. During this trip, I decided to start a project during my trip in Rome of taking a picture once a …

Transferring into the Trojan Family

Shuntaro Nishi Shuntaro, Students, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Why USC 0 Comments

I still remember the day I got into USC, May 21st 2016. As a transfer I was still at school so I received the news through a phone call from my Mom. I was joining a transfer class of 1,475 people coming from all over the map! Just like each transfer I came in with the same concerns. How would …

Spring Break: “Engineering +” in Guatemala

Shuntaro Nishi Chemical, Free Time, Involvement, Service, Shuntaro, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC 0 Comments

Already planning your next spring break? Want to travel outside of California and make an impact? Look no further! Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is the program for you at USC! I decided to choose ASB Guatemala due to my lack of experience traveling outside of the nation and my love for working with children. Looking back on this trip, it …

APAA, The Try Guys, and More!

Shuntaro Nishi Campus Events, Free Time, Involvement, Shuntaro, Social & Diversity, Students, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC 0 Comments

Through a student organization I was able to meet an alumni that was kind enough to invite me to the Asian Pacific Alumni Association (APAA) Gala. I came into USC focused on joining so many organizations, but a culture-based association never crossed my mind. Feeling very out of place as scholarly students and alumni surrounded me, I decided to just …

Tales of a Food-Loving Engineer

Natalie Monger Campus Events, Food, Natalie, Students, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

Sometimes, I plan my school days around food. For example… “Okay, so, after I grab my warm breakfast from RTH Café, I’ll go to SAL for office hours until I finish the second homework question. Then, I’ll skip over to Campus Center and have a pizza for lunch. Maybe I will get ice cream with a friend when classes are …

A Wave Goodbye: Code the Change Retreat

Yingyu Sun Beach, Computer Science, Professional & Academic, Service, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

I joined Code the Change during the spring semester of my freshman year and met some of the most interesting people I know here at USC. The people in CTC helped me not only learn more about web development but also gave me a community to become a part of. Code the Change is a student-run organization that helps build …

Exploring The Artistic Side of Engineering

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Professional & Academic, Research, Sports, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

I love both technology and dance. As a student in both USC Viterbi and USC Kaufman, I have the best of both worlds. I get to study both of my passions on the same campus with some of the best professors and students in the world. Growing up, I have always used both sides of my brain. On the right …