An AIChE Breaky Semester

Jacob Toney Chemical, Design Teams, Free Time, Involvement, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Research, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Happy Thursday folks! It’s another month, another blog, and another day in the life of a Viterbi student. The days have certainly been getting busier lately, with classes picking up and recruitment season starting, so stay tuned for more updates on that. In the meantime, however, the main event I’ve been looking forward to this semester is attending the annual …

Tips for Roommate Selection: You Won’t Regret Going Random!

Mark Parent Athletics, Beach, Best of LA, Civil and Environmental, Dorm, Food, Free Time, Housing, Involvement, Mark, Museums, Social & Diversity, Sports, Students, Study, Suite, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

When I had committed to come to USC, my first challenge was choosing where I was going to live. USC has many different freshman residence halls that is perfect for all types of students. Since I received a merit scholarship from USC, I chose to live in McCarthy Honors College in the brand-new University Village. The next thing I thought …

Staying on Top of Things: Managing Coursework in College

Derek Jones Derek, Free Time, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Life at a high-achieving school like USC, not surprisingly, has its ups and downs in terms of stress, time management, and fun. There are days where my workload seems insurmountable, and others where I feel totally in control. If you want to manage all this without making yourself stir-crazy, the key is to minimize these fluctuations. Sometimes it’s a bit …

Coolest Things I’ve Done at USC

Mahima Varanasi Computer Science, Food, Free Time, Mahima, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

I’m really into self-reflection at the moment, so as my first year has wrapped up, I wanted to look back at all of the cool opportunities I’ve had at USC, especially since I never saw myself doing these things as a computer science major in college. If you want to check out all of my Los Angeles adventures, you can …

To Read or Not to Read? The Case for Taking Classes Outside Your Major

Sheetal Madnani Chemical, Free Time, Sheetal, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

This semester, I had the opportunity to take a Liberal Arts Reading Salon class here at USC titled CORE 200, which involved a class-curated reading list that covered an impressive eight works over the course of the semester. Prior to taking this class, I was already enrolled in an 18 unit course load, but my best friend convinced me that …

Storytelling as an Engineer

Madelyn Douglas Campus Events, Involvement, Madelyn, Professional & Academic, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

In my opinion, one of the most important—and underrated—parts of engineering is actually storytelling.  Engineered technologies such as social media, cinema, and VR tell powerful stories; moreover, I believe that engineers of any field can greatly benefit from harnessing the power of storytelling to communicate and contemplate ideas about new technologies of all kinds.  For me, USC’s writing education is …

Junior Year: Halfway There, Livin’ on a Prayer

Jacob Toney Chemical, Design Teams, Free Time, Involvement, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Sports, Students, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Hey everyone, and happy weekend. We’re 3 weeks into the semester now, so things are getting moving! While I’m still getting used to the idea of being a junior, and the fact that I’m officially halfway done with college now, I’m excited to see what the remaining 4 semesters hold. Between classes, extracurriculars, and everything else, I’ve got quite the …

USC NSBE Takes On Detroit! – NSBE 45th Annual Conference

Mark Parent Civil and Environmental, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Involvement, Major, Mark, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Why USC Leave a Comment

USC NSBE chapter at the national conference USC NSBE chapter at the national conference As a freshman, I am so grateful that I joined NSBE because it gives me the support system I need to excel in my academics. For those wondering, NSBE stands for the National Society of Black Engineers whose mission is to “to increase the number of …

A Freshman Reflection

Nick Bortolon Aerospace and Mechanical, Free Time, Involvement, Nick, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I cannot believe my second year as a USC student has finally begun! Although I’ve nearly completed 41 units, 12 classes, and over ¼ of my undergraduate career, it feels like it’s gone by in the blink of an eye. The purpose of this blog post is not to tell you step-by-step about my experience as a student last year. …

Wake Up It’s Gameday!

Miles Kay Campus Events, Free Time, Involvement, Miles, Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit Leave a Comment

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…football season! For me, fall semester is synonymous with football. You can’t beat gamedays: tailgating with friends, screaming the USC Fight Song, and the palpable electricity when the Trojans score a touchdown are enough to make me wish we had a home game every weekend. One of the student organizations that I’m a …

Choosing USC: Moving 7000 Miles Away

Sheetal Madnani Best of LA, Chemical, Involvement, Sheetal Leave a Comment

Coming from Guangzhou, China, halfway around the world, the most common question I got from my fellow students when I first came to USC was “Why?”. “Why move all the way to LA for college?” Moving so far away from home to study engineering was definitely a decision that I had to think through, but despite the difficulties of the …

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 Music to My Ears

Madelyn Douglas Free Time, Madelyn, Music, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

One of my biggest fears applying to engineering schools was that I would lose my love for music and performance.  In high school, I spent about five hours a day certain times of the year in theatre and dance rehearsals, and played piano often at home on the weekends.  Many high school students have heard of the ominous “Sleep-Social Life-Schoolwork” …

Solo Travel and Backpacking Southeast Asia

Miranda Jernberg Abroad, Chemical, Free Time, Miranda, Study, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

When my semester in Australia ended it was nearly July. I had watched all of my USC classmates get out of school a month earlier and was ready for summertime fun.I decided to take a solo backpacking trip through various countries in Southeast Asia. I was planning on travelling for four weeks with nothing but my backpack to places I …

1. A Gas Plant Operates at the Given Conditions (Assume Steady State)…

Jacob Toney Beach, Best of LA, Chemical, Free Time, Internship, Jacob, Major, summer, Viterbi Summer, Work Leave a Comment

Howdy everyone, and welcome back! Hope your past few months were full of fun and plenty of rest. This summer I had the opportunity to intern with California Resources Corporation, where I was working as a Facilities Engineering Intern at Elk Hills near Bakersfield, California, which was a great experience that let me see the field on a daily basis. …

A Summer to ReMEMber: Microelectronics, Drones, and Surfing

Miles Kay Aerospace and Mechanical, Beach, Best of LA, Hikes, Internship, Miles, Viterbi Summer, Work Leave a Comment

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and I think that’s exactly why this summer came and went to quickly! It’s hard to believe that in less than a week I’ll be starting my junior year (*screams because college is going too quickly*). This was an incredible summer, and I’m really excited to share what I was up to …

Employed Girl Summer 2019

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Beach, Free Time, Internship, Life After Graduation, Rachel, Viterbi Summer, Work Leave a Comment

This summer was one of the most enjoyable (and shortest) summers of my life! After wrapping up finals in May, I flew out to Nashville for my sister’s graduation from Vanderbilt University and got to spend some much needed time with family (and most importantly, my dog). After about a week of playing with my dog, I flew back out to …