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 …

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 …