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, …

Navigating the Working World

Timothy Marino Chemical, Internship, Professional & Academic 0 Comments

Well, it’s been a busy summer.  Since making my way back home to Calgary in mid-May, I’ve been interning as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst at a boutique investment company called AltaCorp Capital, Inc.  Despite the job’s focus being slightly different than that of my region of study, this opportunity has taught me a great deal about finance, and, given …

Research with Robots: My Freshman Experience

Nathan Alvarez Aerospace and Mechanical, Involvement, Major, Nathan, Research, Study, Viterbi Life, Work 0 Comments

My freshman year, I was fortunate enough to start working in a research lab during my very first semester of college. As a part of the Viterbi Fellows program, I was exposed to various different research labs on campus with undergraduate assistant openings, and the Interaction Lab seemed the most aligned with my interests, so I emailed the faculty advisor …

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 …

Civil Engineering for an Aerospace Engineer

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Civil and Environmental, Internship, Professional & Academic 0 Comments

This summer, I took it upon myself to try something different. I knew I did not want to be stuck at home doing nothing this summer, and I also knew that I wanted to start building my resume with some interning experience. Now, the process of applying for internships started almost a full year ago for this summer. Yeah, it’s …

Keep the Projects “Fly”

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Class 0 Comments

If you like things that fly, and you want to know more about it, then AME 261 is the class for you! In this class, I finally felt like a real engineer by the end of the semester. Throughout the year, you learn the foundations of flight, with all the components that lead up to a successful design. Homework assignments …

USC: The Home I Chose

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Astronautical, Design Teams, Why USC 0 Comments

At USC, you will enjoy a top-tier education program while feeling like you are at a resort. I remember the first time I stepped on campus. It was the middle of April, probably the perfect time of year to visit. At USC, however, you’ll get those perfect days 9 times out of 10.  The sun bounced perfectly off all the brick …

NSBE: My Second Family!

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Students, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

Coming in to USC I knew absolutely no one- although that didn’t last very long after attending Welcome week and the Viterbi Luau. The Viterbi Luau is where I was first introduced to my second family, The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). NSBE is an organization whose mission is “increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel …

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 …

The USC Startup Career Fair

Daniel Donchev Daniel, Entrepreneurship, Involvement, Students, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

One of the first organizations that I joined when I came to USC was Spark SC. I first heard about them through the Viterbi Voices Podcast in which founders Calvin and Adena discussed Spark’s mission and the various events their org was coordinating to spread a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship on campus. Immediately, I was drawn to the incredible …

Arriving as a Spring Admit

Daniel Donchev Apartment, Biomedical, Daniel, Entrepreneurship, Housing, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

When I received the news of my spring admission, I was overwhelmed with feelings of excitement and uncertainty. While I had just been admitted to one of the most prestigious universities in the country, I could not foresee how my late start would impact my academic and social life at USC as I would be missing out on a semester’s …

Work Hard and Go Home: A Summer at Slack

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Internship, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Summer 0 Comments

“Slack?” my mom asked me when I told her where I’d be interning for the summer. “What’s Slack?” Slack is one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies today, and a place where I’ve been fortunate enough to work for the past few months. At a company that values playfulness, empathy, and craftsmanship, I’ve been able to learn more about …

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 …

How to Navigate the Internship Search

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Internship, Professional & Academic 0 Comments

When the fall semester begins, so does the hunt for a summer internship. From talking to recruiters to prepping for interviews, there’s a lot going on during these few months. Here’s a few things I’ve learned about landing your next internship at an up and coming tech company! Like most people will say, it’s never too early. You can start …

Hackathon 101: A Survival Guide

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

Welcome to the world of hackathons! For those of you just discovering the excitement of hackathons, here’s some more information to get rid of the myths that hackers are mysterious techies working for secret government organizations. In reality, hackathons are prime opportunities to create, build and innovate over the span of two days. With a number of technical workshops to attend, …

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 …