The Career Fair: Is It Worth It?

Jacob Toney Campus Events, Company Visits, Internship, Involvement, Jacob, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Life, Work Leave a Comment

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 …

One Year Down: Reflecting on Freshman Year

Miles Kay Campus Events, Internship, Involvement, Miles, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

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 …

American Society of Civil Engineers takes Tempe, AZ!

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Design Teams, Desiree, Professional & Academic, Uncategorized, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

One of the student organizations I’m in is the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), one of the many professional engineering organizations on campus. Unlike most of the other professional engineering clubs though, ASCE consists of student led design teams within the org. The design teams include Concrete Canoe, Environmental, Geotech Wall and Steel Bridge (which is what I’m on!). …

Your First Semester at USC: ENGR 102 Academy

Natalie Monger Natalie, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

Your first semester at USC is a crazy one, but Freshmen Academy is here to help you! You might be wondering, “What is ENGR 102, and why do I have to take it?” ENGR 102 is known as Engineering Freshmen Academy, and it is a 2-unit course that aims to help you settle into USC during your first semester, see …

What can I do with my computer science degree?

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Internship, Life After Graduation, Professional & Academic, Research, Work, Yingyu 2 Comments

Hey everyone! Today I started interviewing candidates for a Project Manager position for Code the Change, a student organization that builds software products for non-profits in LA. It inspired me to discuss some myths about majoring in computer science and possible career paths that you might not have known existed for CS majors. First, I want to start of by …

NSBE National Conference!

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs

I just want to start off by saying that NSBE Nationals is by far one of the best experiences I’ve had since at USC, and it’s definitely because of the people. For those of you who aren’t familiar with NSBE, it stands for the National Society of Black Engineers, and our mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible …

What’s it like working at a startup?

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Internship, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Yingyu

Happy day before spring break! Before I head out to Lake Tahoe for the weekend, I wanted to share some thoughts about an incredibly hot topic. Startups have been all the rage recently, as we can definitely see in that all-too-relevant meme: “Hey I have a startup idea, can you handle the development? I’ll handle the business side.” Especially being …

It’s Happening! AthenaHacks 2018

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Design Teams, Entrepreneurship, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering, Yingyu

While it might be midterm season for some… it’s AthenaHacks season for me! (Just kidding, databases midterm on Monday!) Months and months of planning have led up to these 24 hours. This weekend, I’m running AthenaHacks, which is an all-female hackathon hosted here at USC! Last year, a couple of friends and I co-founded AthenaHacks, so it’s only our second …

Taking it one step further: PDP

Bria Bria, Life After Graduation, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Winding down my time at USC (RIP don’t remind me), you can imagine that the number one question I get from literally everyone is: “What are you going to do when you graduate?” I know this is a normal question, but let me tell you I will never enjoy answering it. Not because I’m worried about the future, but because …

What Networking at USC Looks Like: SWE Edition

Siena Applebaum Aerospace and Mechanical, Professional & Academic, Siena, Social & Diversity, Women In Engineering

Hey guys and gals! A little bit of background before I begin: one of my favorite organizations on campus is the USC chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, or SWE. SWE is an international organization that aims to provide female engineers with a supportive community and a greater voice in the engineering industry. The USC SWE Chapter provides access …

The Biggest Networking Event of the Year (ASBME’s Corporate Dinner)

Daniel Donchev Campus Events, Daniel, Internship, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Plus, Work Leave a Comment

The most renowned professional event specific to undergraduate Biomedical Engineering students at USC is the annual Corporate Dinner hosted by the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering Students (ASBME). This is an ideal opportunity for students interested in the biomedical industry (regardless of major) to meet and network with ASBME’s industry partners in Southern California. Companies in attendance this year included …

Settling Into a New Semester

Daniel Donchev Best of LA, Biomedical, Daniel, Entrepreneurship, Food, Free Time, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Service, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

It’s 2018. I’m now a second semester junior and it’s showing in my course work. Four of the classes I’m taking are upper division including my senior design project class, BME-405, in which we are expected to collaborate in teams to design and implement a device for monitoring or therapy that could develop into a commercial product. We’re going to …

Second Semester Sophomore Year

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

Winter Break in Florida Luckily, this Winter Break I escaped the cold. Really my whole life I've escaped the cold/snow growing up in Florida, and going to college in Southern California.As the second week of school rolls by, I'm excited for what's in store in my classes. This is the first semester where all of my classes (except for the ...

Tip #2: Study Study Study

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Major, Professional & Academic, Ramiro, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life

Finals Season is amongst us! So how better to prepare than some little tips I have to offer. Here’s episode 2 of Ramiro’s Tips and Tricks! I think there are three very important things to successfully studying and preparing for examinations. Firstly, I think to be able to study well, you should find a place that you can fully focus. …

Semester Recap (Fall 2017)

Daniel Donchev Daniel, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Internship, Involvement, podcast, Professional & Academic, Service, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Work Leave a Comment

I’m in utter disbelief! After having such an action-packed summer, I expected this semester to drag on, but it actually flew by at an alarmingly fast rate. I think this is largely because of all of the really great opportunities I’ve been fortunate to have outside of class. Here are some of them: 1. 1000 Pitches -Today we hit 1000 …

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 …