Serve On! Why I’ve Made Community Service a Huge Part of My Life at USC

Miles Kay Free Time, Involvement, Miles, Service, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

In high school, I spent a lot of time doing community service. The projects I participated in ranged from tutoring and mentoring at a non-profit after-school and summer program to helping set up and man water stations at marathons. When I told my relatives about my involvement, they often remarked on how my service work would surely be looked upon …

Soccer Coaching, Spanish, and Unique Perspectives

Dominie Miyasato Athletics, Dominie, Service, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

An advantage of USC is that there are so many organizations outside of those affiliated with Viterbi to get involved in. One of the most grounding and memorable experiences of my freshmen year was coaching for the Trojan Youth Soccer League. My co-coach, a fellow freshman, and I had a team of 12 kids ages seven to nine. We had …

I Can’t Imagine Not Fighting On

Natalie Monger Athletics, Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

It’s true; I really can’t. Just three years ago, I stepped foot onto USC’s campus for the second time, having been admitted to USC. (See little Nat below.) This week I'm doing a Q&A on my experience with USC's application process, student life, and resources. Q: Why did you ultimately decide to attend USC? A: This is a photo from …

Research at USC: How to Get It, Keep It, and Be Rewarded By It

Natalie Monger Athletics, Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

Hello there, research hopefuls! If you are coming to USC interested in research, look no further than this How-To Guide! I’m in the research spirit right now: I’ve been meeting back-to-back with different research partners, comprehending papers on neural networks, and preparing to present some research at the AAAI conference next weekend. So let me splurge my secrets on how …

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 …

Best Workouts at USC and Setting Goals as an Engineer

Natalie Monger Athletics, Computer Science, Natalie, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

Happy New Year and new semester! The main goal I set for myself for spring 2018 is to get on a better fitness schedule. Since you all are probably starting your goals for the new year as well, I thought this would be a good chance to share some of my favorite workout places around USC and give tips on …

Neuroscience, Games, and Data in Dance

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

Many students coming to college for engineering want to know if it’s possible to take classes in other areas, or electives as we call them. My answer is always… YES! I wrote about an elective I took this semester, Future Cinema, during the middle of the semester, and I now want to write about two other electives I took as …

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 …

The Importance of Saying “Yes”

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

I cannot believe this semester is almost over. That means that 5/8 of my time here is almost complete. WOW. Today I want to write about the importance of saying “yes” to stepping out of your comfort zone. If there is one piece of advice I can give to you at this point in my life, it’s that constantly pushing …

Cheers to the Volunteers

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

One of my favorite Audrey Hepburn quotes goes a little something like this: “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands–one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Audrey’s quote is a great summary of my experience at USC so far. Going through the college admissions process, picking a school, and starting my freshman year …

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 …

SCommunity Service: Volunteering at LA County Hospital

Rhea Choudhury Free Time, Involvement, Rhea, Service, Social & Diversity, Students, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Hey guys! This semester is going by so quickly, I can’t believe it’s already November! The holiday season is probably my favorite time of the year, but it feels like just yesterday it was August, and now, here I am, jamming out to Christmas music and planning out my finals schedule. I’ve spent a lot of the last few posts …

Volunteers Around the World

Timothy Marino Abroad, Chemical, Service, Tim

I’d like to use my blog this week to talk about a really cool organization I’ve been part of since my first semester at USC – Volunteers Around the World (VAW). VAW is an international humanitarian institution devoted to improving the standard of living for those who live in some of the most poverty-stricken communities across the globe. With its …

Being an RA is UnderRAted

Nathan Alvarez Dorm, Housing, Involvement, Nathan, Service, Work

My freshman year housing experience was awesome. I loved the easy access to my best friends’ rooms, my roommates were great, and finding study groups could not have been easier. I can’t imagine being happier than I was in my freshmen dorm- so now I’m doing it all over again, except as an RA. When my friends wanted to get …

Spring Break: “Engineering +” in Guatemala

Shuntaro Nishi Chemical, Free Time, Involvement, Service, Shuntaro, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

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 …

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 …

How One Club Changed My College Experience And My Life

Celeste Goodwin Biomedical, Celeste, Service, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Coming into college, there are an overwhelming amount of things that you can do with your time. You go to class, but in all of that other time you can do things like hang out with friends, explore LA, study, and join clubs! There are over 300 clubs on the USC campus, so you can do pretty much anything. At …