“A Little Bit of Everything” Kind of Summer

Dominie Miyasato Beach, Biomedical, Dominie, Free Time, Hikes, Research, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Why USC, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

The summer after my freshman year was a perfect blend of work, travel, and time spent relaxing at home. For the first seven weeks, I resided at USC to work in Professor Zavaleta’s research lab. As mentioned in my last blog post, Professor Z’s lab investigates the use of nanoparticles in detecting tumors with great precision. Every week day, I …

Fight On!…What Does That Mean Again?

Will DuCharme Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Why USC, Will Leave a Comment

Step on to USC’s campus and you’re bound to hear the phrase “Fight On” within the first 30 minutes. But what does this phrase actually mean? Upon touring USC I was first introduced to the phrase by my tour guide, and as I went around campus I frequently heard it said around me. However, while I found it a catchy …

Serve On! Why I’ve Made Community Service a Huge Part of My Life at USC

Miles Kay Free Time, Involvement, Miles, Service, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

In high school, I spent a lot of time doing community service. The projects I participated in ranged from tutoring and mentoring at a non-profit after-school and summer program to helping set up and man water stations at marathons. When I told my relatives about my involvement, they often remarked on how my service work would surely be looked upon …

Three Cheers for the New and Improved Membership Banquet

Luz Camacho Computer Science, Involvement, Luz, Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Every end of semester, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers puts on a typically small membership appreciation banquet as a thank you to its members, a cheer to the end of the semester, and as a way to recognize certain members in SHPE. These recognized members really embraced one of the five pillars of SHPE: academic development, professional development, chapter …

Parents Weekend, You Won’t Be Embarrassed

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One of the toughest (toughest for me) parts about going to college is moving away from family. Whether it is 15 miles or 1500, the independence you must acquire in college is sometimes difficult to grasp. My family is my support system, and I owe everything I am today to them and especially to my parents for raising me. With …

Hacking Your College Packing

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You got into USC! Now what? After you Instagram your #IGotIntoUSC photo, I recommend making a packing list. To help get you started, here’s the one I used when I moved into Marks Tower last year. Planning ahead helped me avoid the long lines in the USC Village Target during move-in week. Check it out below! Make whatever changes you …

Adventure is Out There: Exploring LA as a Midwesterner

Miles Kay Beach, Best of LA, Food, Free Time, Hikes, Miles, Museums, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Until I visited USC last March, I had never been to Los Angeles. When I arrived in LA for my campus visit, I knew very little about the city beyond its idyllic depiction in La La Land, a movie which left me excited to have those quintessentially LA experiences seen in the film. After my visit, I realized why all …

The Career Fair: Is It Worth It?

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For freshmen, there are few topics as polarizing as opinions on the career fair. Some students are eager for the chance to talk to recruiters and try to secure a summer position; others say it’s a waste of time, and no companies are willing to hire freshman interns. From upperclassmen, we hear the same divided perspectives, leaving many of us …

On the Airwaves at 1560 AM

Zachary Flores Best of LA, Involvement, Music, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer, Zachary Leave a Comment

(And online at kxsc.org/listen) Hey Everyone! One of my favorite involvements on campus isn’t a part of Viterbi at all! Last fall I joined the student run radio station, KXSC Los Angeles. Going into college, I decided that I no longer wanted to continue marching band after high school, but I knew I wanted to find a way pursue music. …

Gamedays: The Tradition That Unites Us All

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Waking up bright and early on a Saturday to the fight song being played, everyone at USC knows what day it is: gameday. You can be from America or abroad, a Viterbi student or a Thornton professor, a sports enthusiast or an avid reader, a current student or a Trojan alumni, everyone in the Trojan family knows what a Saturday …

Calm, Cool, and Collected: Making Free Time in College

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I’m an engineering student. It’s fair to say that most of my time is spent in class, doing homework, or studying for those classes. Sprinkle in a few extracurricular activities, trips to the gym, group meetings, research team meetings, and free time becomes your most limited resource. I think all of us know that mental health is important, we just …

One Year Down: Reflecting on Freshman Year

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Hogwarts robes or convocation attire?  The Workload In high school, my teachers often told me that I’d enter college more than prepared to handle the work required to maintain good grades. As such, I came to school confident that I’d be able to finish all my assignments with no problems and easily earn high marks on papers and exams. Within …

My Favorite Places in USC Village

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A grand opening for a grand start to freshman year… I got to be part of the inaugural freshman class to live in the new USC Village! I feel extremely lucky to have witnessed the village develop and eventually populate with eateries, shops, and people right outside my window. Here is my ranking of the best places in the village! …

Coming soon… Senior year?!

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It’s crazy to think that I am done with my junior year! The end of the year always ends in a flurry of events and scrambling to study for finals. Now that it’s over, I’m taking a deep breath and looking back at some of my favorite moments that I want to share with you: One of my favorite events …

The Road to Senior Year

Natalie Monger Campus Events, Food, Natalie, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

I seriously cannot believe it is almost the end of my junior year! It’s definitely surreal watching the Viterbi seniors experience their multitude of “lasts” knowing that I will be in that place next year. For today I’ll share some awesome events I’ve attended that usually wrap up the semester each year. Going to these events reminded me how absolutely …