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 …

Civil Engineering for an Aerospace Engineer

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Civil and Environmental, Internship, Professional & Academic, Ramiro Leave a Comment

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, Ramiro, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

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 …

NSBE: My Second Family!

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Students, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

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 …

Arriving as a Spring Admit

Daniel Donchev Apartment, Biomedical, Daniel, Entrepreneurship, Housing, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

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, Yingyu Leave a Comment

“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 …

How to Navigate the Internship Search

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Internship, Professional & Academic, Yingyu Leave a Comment

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, Yingyu Leave a Comment

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, Yingyu Leave a Comment

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 …

Exploring The Artistic Side of Engineering

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Professional & Academic, Research, Sports, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

I love both technology and dance. As a student in both USC Viterbi and USC Kaufman, I have the best of both worlds. I get to study both of my passions on the same campus with some of the best professors and students in the world. Growing up, I have always used both sides of my brain. On the right …

Can You Get Research As A Freshman? Yes!

Celeste Goodwin Biomedical, Celeste, Professional & Academic, Research, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

One of my main goals heading into college, along with a lot of other prospective freshmen, was to do research. However, this seemed pretty unattainable, at least until I was an upperclassmen with more experience. I couldn’t have been more wrong! I ended up getting a research position in  Biomedical Engineering lab my second semester of freshman year, and I’m …

Having a Blast at the USC ISE Annual Banquet

Jose Hernandez Industrial and Systems, Jose, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Hey everyone! This week was the ISE Annual Banquet, an end of the year celebration for undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. students in the ISE major, as well as ISE faculty and staff. As the Programming Director for the USC Chapter of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), my job was to plan everything about the event, from the …

NAE Grand Challenges: Update!!

Rhea Choudhury Biomedical, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Rhea, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Work Leave a Comment

Hey guys! My last  blog was before spring break; I was super hyped about heading to DC for the NAE Grand Challenges competition and presenting the business plan my team and I created. Now that break and the competition are both over, I wanted to update you guys as to how it went! Here’s how the three days I spent …

Midterm SZN Tips and Tricks: ISE Edition

Jose Hernandez Industrial and Systems, Jose, Professional & Academic, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

Hey everyone, Last week was crazy busy: lots of assignments, a couple midterms, and helping out with ExploreSC. The promise of spring break this week was a consolation that also made the days go by extremely slowly. All things considered, it turned out to be a really good week! My midterms last week were in both of my ISE classes: …