Construction Management Association of America

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Civil and Environmental, Design Teams, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Plus

I joined the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) student chapter at USC this year! In CMAA, I am part of the Design-Build team where we train to complete Design-Build contracts. Every year we compete in SPARKS, a regional competition where we are given a problem statement the day of the competition. After 24 hours, we have to submit a …

FriendSHPE, LeaderSHPE… InternSHPE?

Vanessa Pangbourne Chemical, Internship, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Vanessa

Greetings friends!! How’s it going? I hope you’re doing well. Today I am here to tell you all about the SHPE National Conference that I attended last weekend because it was a wild time. First, you may be wondering, Vanessa, what is the SHPE National Conference? Let me tell you! SHPE is the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (read Camila’s …

Thrill Seekers Central

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Best of LA, Free Time, Professional & Academic, Ramiro, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life

I am originally from Vallejo, California. For those of you who may not know where this is, it is up in Northern California, in between the Napa Valley and Berkeley. Back home, one of the main attractions is Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. It is your typical theme park with many adrenaline filled rides and tons of great junk food. Coming …

I’m Tired: A Systematic Evaluation of 8:00AMs

Timothy Marino Chemical, Professional & Academic, Tim, Viterbi Class

This semester, I have four 8:00AM classes: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. I know what you’re all thinking: “Tim, we already know this – you mentioned this in your blog last month!” Though I know you all have been religiously keeping up with everything I’ve written to date, I’ll jog your memories by saying that at the time I wrote …

Engineering the future: Where tech meets social good

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Design Teams, Professional & Academic, Service, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Yingyu

Hey guys! As usual, happy Friday! Midterm season is over and it’s finally feeling like fall here and I couldn’t be more excited. If you’re wondering what engineering students are doing now that they don’t have exams to study for, I have some cool news for you! Being an engineering student isn’t all about the homework assignments and the exams …

Mid-Semester Review

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Civil and Environmental, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus

So we are in October, which means we’re about half way through the Fall semester. Right now, is a good time to look back and reflect on how the semester has been going. I find this helpful to see what has been working and how I can improve to finish strong. I’m studying Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Building …

First Day on the Job

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Internship, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Ramiro

If you want to visit home for the summer, or just relax and vacation over summer but are worried that you need an internship to get that experience, then a co-op is a great route to go for! This is currently what I am doing, although hopefully I do continue on in the summer working. Today was my first day …

When the going gets tough, the tough get help from their ~support systems~

Vanessa Pangbourne Chemical, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Vanessa, Viterbi Life

This week has been a rough one, friends. I had many a midterm, caught the flu, had a homework assignment that took over 12 hours to complete, not one but two meetings at the crack of dawn, and a class conflict. After many nights sleeping not enough for a functioning human, everything got too much and I realized I couldn’t …

Tip #1: Networking, a professional term for making friends

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Campus Events, Professional & Academic, Ramiro, Viterbi Life, Work

It is career fair and job search season so I decided to give a little tip on my experiences with networking, which you can hopefully use and learn from for future situations! I’ll maybe even start a little series of blog posts that’ll be titled Ramiro’s Tips! When you become more involved in your preparation towards a professional career, you …

“I’m not bossy, I’m the boss”: Takeaways from Grace Hopper

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Plus, Women In Engineering, Yingyu

It’s Friday, and my very first Grace Hopper experience is coming to an end! It’s been a hectic but brilliant week and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! For those of you who don’t know, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world’s largest gathering of women in technology, produced annually by the Anita …

Building Science: For the Design-y Engineers

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Civil and Environmental, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus

Yo yo yo whats up. So, choosing a major… it’s hard.. especially when you have so many options. But guess what, you don’t have to know exactly what you’re going to study entering your freshman year. And, even if you think you know what you’re going to study, your experiences at college might shape your path in a different way …

Redefining the “Lab”: Research in CS

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Yingyu

Interested in research but don’t know where to start? Here’s some perspective into what research in computer science looks like at Viterbi! When I was in high school, I thought doing research in a laboratory meant wearing gloves, goggles, and a lab coat while mastering your pipette technique. So when I was a college freshman and I heard people talk …

It’s Fall, Y’all

Vanessa Pangbourne Campus Events, Chemical, Music, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Vanessa Leave a Comment

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 …

SHPE-USC Familia Forevaaaa

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs

The first year of college for me was a big adjustment period. You meet A LOT of people in such a short amount of time, but establishing a consistent friend group takes a while. However, this can be done by getting involved. When you join clubs and organizations which you are interested in, you find people from different backgrounds and …

The Amazing SWEsterhood

Namita Prakash Involvement, Namita, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Hello Everybody!! How’s it hanging? How about me, you ask? Well, just about a week ago, I was literally hanging, off of something I affectionately call the cloth-rope-thingy: The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Officer Council retreat was last weekend and wow!! The day started off with us taking an aerial acrobatics class in which I conquered my fear of …

Free Trip to D.C.! Thanks Viterbi!

Nathan Alvarez Involvement, Nathan, Professional & Academic, Research, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

A few weeks ago, I capitalized on an awesome opportunity to take a free trip to Washington D.C. with three of my close friends. My flight, housing, and food was covered, all I had to do was agree to represent USC at a conference and attend workshops. The conference is called the Grand Challenges Summit, and it focuses on the …

Self Doubt: How to Deal with it During Freshman Year

Aarya Suryavanshi Aarya, Professional & Academic, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Hello! I hope you are all basking in the summer sun (or the winter one if you’re one of southern hemisphere friends). With school lurking right around the corner, I wanted to spend a hot minute talking about how to #crush freshman year*. Now you’ve probably read countless articles about how you should join all the clubs that interest you …

A Summer That’s Out of This World

Suveena Thanawala Food, podcast, Professional & Academic, Suveena, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

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, Tim Leave a Comment

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 …