It’s Fall, Y’all

Vanessa Pangbourne Campus Events, Chemical, Music, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Vanessa 0 Comments

The fall semester is now in full swing with Involvement Fairs, Game Days, and for some midterms have already started. Every year fall always feels super hectic since every week is packed. A lot has happened since the summer and even the start of the semester. Here’s a ~fun~ recap of what I’ve been up to! I flew home from …

Wake Up It’s GAMEDAY

Celeste Goodwin Campus Events, Celeste, Free Time, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC 0 Comments

It’s fall semester, which only means one thing… TROJAN FOOTBALL. There is a reason why barely anyone at USC studies abroad in the fall, why club events are all on Sundays, and why campus is covered in cardinal and gold almost every Saturday by 7 am. Game day is an event that must be seen in person, but to give …

Beating the Sophomore Slump

Timothy Marino Best of LA, Chemical, Tim, Trojan Spirit

It’s football season. Good news: the novelty of the gameday experience has yet to wear off. Even better news: it likely never will. Though this doesn’t mark that significant of a change from freshman year, gamedays are back better than ever. What is slightly different this year, however, is that the Trojans are projected to be a top-tier team with …

Back to School: College Edition

Yingyu Sun Campus Events, Social & Diversity, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Yingyu 0 Comments

To all the new Trojans, welcome to the family! You’re in for a wild and amazing ride for the next four years, and you couldn’t have picked a better school. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re feeling a mix of excitement and back-to-school jitters — that was me before my freshman year! With only a few weeks before classes start, …

How to: College as an International Student

Vanessa Pangbourne Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit, Vanessa, Why USC 0 Comments

The transition from high school to university is a huge one as is, but I also moved countries when I was moving into my freshman year dorm. Two years before that I moved from Santiago, Chile to Vancouver, Canada and I moved between countries a handful of other times too. As an International student, there are a few extra things …

No Fear in the New School Year

Natalie Monger Campus Events, Computer Science, Natalie, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

I recently wrote a post where I gave 25 pieces of advice to incoming freshmen. Now that the start of the school year is getting closer, I thought I would share more advice that is relevant to the first few weeks of school for both incoming freshmen and returning students. Enjoy! Attend fun events during your first few weeks to …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

25 Slices of Advice for Incoming Freshmen

Natalie Monger Campus Events, Computer Science, Natalie, Students, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

Dear incoming freshmen, Congratulations! I can’t wait to see you on campus soon. In celebration of you as you join the Trojan family, I’d like to share some of my greatest pieces of advice for freshmen. Most of these I learned (the hard way!) during my freshman year. So, I’d like to make your transition smoother with some pieces of …

BK4Life: The Best Residential College on Campus

Celeste Goodwin Biomedical, Celeste, Dorm, Housing, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC 0 Comments

During the summer before I came to USC as a freshman, I was freaking out about where I was going to live. I watched every Youtube video, read every blog, and read the housing website seemingly hundreds of times. What I decided upon was Birnkrant, the honors dorm with a traditional dorm style. I now know that I definitely made …

How to Assess Value

Naish Naish, Trojan Spirit 0 Comments

     Finding the value in anything can be difficult. As quantitative people, engineers, scientists, and mathematicians most commonly turn toward the single most indisputable method for establishing and ranking anything in the world: quantitative assessments, or metrics. Metrics are great for analyzing large amounts of data, for predicting consumer choices, or for improving day to day life processes by …

Back Where We Belong: Rose Bowl Champs!

ellen-2017 Ellen, Trojan Spirit 0 Comments

Hi everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your winter break – I certainly did! I had a few weeks at home of relaxing with friends, family, and dogs.  Just after New Year’s, my roommate and I went up to Pasadena to watch USC compete in the Rose Bowl.  For a little backstory, I have been a USC football fan since …

Community Service at USC

Rhea Choudhury Free Time, Involvement, Rhea, Service, Students, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC 0 Comments

One of the best parts of going to school at USC is the opportunity to experience life in a big city. Los Angeles is not like any other city in the world- it has this incredible mix of culture, with some stereotypical skyscrapers neighboring small family-owned corner shops, tons of vibrant neighborhoods and cultural centers. LA’s Koreatown has the best …