Passover at USC

nathan-2017 Nathan, Social & Diversity 0 Comments

Chag Sameach! This past week was Passover, which is a week-long holiday celebrated by people of the Jewish faith. For the entire holiday, we aren’t supposed to eat grains or legumes. This includes bread, oatmeal, rice, corn, peas, beans, and peanuts. PEANUTS. Apparently, it’s a legume, whatever that is. Do you have any idea how many things have peanuts in …

The Environmental Core: USC’s student activism group

Aarya Suryavanshi Aarya, Hikes, Social & Diversity 0 Comments

Hello all! First off, here’s my song recommendation for this bi-weekly blog: Worthy by Jacob Banks My main involvement on campus is with the Environmental Core. This club, endearingly called “ecore”, is a student-run environmental activism group on campus. We try to make sustainable and impactful change on campus, be that through installing drought resistant plants, or working with USC’s …

A Few of My Favorite Things

Suveena Thanawala Best of LA, Social & Diversity, Suveena 0 Comments

..Ramen, boba, and good company. After a long week of midterms and papers (yes, engineers write papers!) it’s always fun to meet up with friends, especially ones you haven’t seen in a while. One of the things my friends and I like to do is get ramen, and one of our favorite places to go is Shin-Sen-Gumi, a pretty popular …

Rah Rah Theta Tau!

Suveena Thanawala Professional & Academic, Service, Social & Diversity, Suveena, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

The last few weeks have been really hectic with starting school, getting acclimated to a new semester, and recruitment for the organizations I’m in. One of these orgs is a professional engineering fraternity, Theta Tau. Theta Tau isn’t what most people think of when the words “fraternity” or “greek life” come to your mind; the focus is a little more …

Hidden Figures

Shana Douglass Aerospace and Mechanical, Campus Events, Shana, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Plus 0 Comments

It’s no secret that minorities are underrepresented in STEM fields, and as a black female it’s not often that I look around a classroom and see anyone else who looks like me. I was shocked and left in awe this past semester when I stumbled across this movie trailer on Facebook. If you didn’t catch the trailer, Hidden Figures tells …

A Little Kesem Magic

nathan-2017 Nathan, Service, Social & Diversity 0 Comments

We’re Camp Kesem, we have fun, laughing, playing in the sun. Camp Kesem’s the place to be, we’ve got Magic 1, 2, 3! When I was a counselor for Camp Kesem USC, I might’ve chanted this song 3 dozen times over the course of a week. But it never got old. Every time we sang the chant, the campers and …

Study Break! Attending NSBE 42nd Annual Convention

Shana Douglass Free Time, Professional & Academic, Shana, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

Viterbi organizations are great because they can provide an opportunity for you to connect with people from your major, gain real-life design engineering experience, meet with industry professionals, and even travel across the country. Yes travel! This year I had the opportunity to travel to Boston alongside 38 other USC National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) members and attend the …

Spring Break is for Visiting Museums

nayely-2017 Civil and Environmental, Museums, Nayely, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

LACMA Over Spring Break, I went somewhere I have been wanting to go since I moved from Houston to LA; I went on a visit to the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art (LACMA), but more specifically, I went to the Frank Gehry exhibit. I am an avid fan of architecture. Last semester, when I took a class in architecture for …

USC by Accident, Trojan by Choice

Madelina-2016 Abroad, Best of LA, Biomedical, Campus Events, Hikes, Involvement, Madelina, Research, Service, Social & Diversity, Study, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Why USC, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

Hi folks!  When you finally settle on a college, everyone will undoubtably ask you why you chose your school. When I first was accepted to USC, I didn’t have an answer to this question. Slowly but surely, however, USC won me over and I could not be happier to be a Trojan. I was not a Trojan fan from the start. …

Home is Where the Heart Is – Housing at USC

Madelina-2016 Apartment, Best of LA, Campus Events, Dorm, Housing, Madelina, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Why USC 0 Comments

Hi folks! Being abroad it is always nice to stop and reflect on just how great it is to be home – in the spirit of home I’d like to share with you a little about the places I’ve called home over the past couple years at USC as well as the current place I’ve just started calling home in …

Midterm: Product Presentations

calvin-2016 Calvin, Entrepreneurship, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Plus 0 Comments

This post is about 2 Products that I recently presented for a midterm in the class Social Innovation Design Lab, which I wrote about here. The Midterm Social Innovation Design Lab is a class focused on building products for socioeconomically disadvantaged communities, and that teaches the fundamentals of Design Thinking as a framework for approaching this problem. Our class is …

A Semester of Products & Social Entrepreneurship

calvin-2016 Calvin, Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC 0 Comments

For me this semester is focused on building real products and learning about social entrepreneurship, both inside and outside of the classroom. In terms of what is going on with classes, my full course list is: CSCI 360: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence CSCI 401: Capstone Project BAEP 470: The Entrepreneurial Mindset – Taking the Leap BAEP 471: Social Innovation Design …

The Dust that Never Settles and the Fire that Always Burns

Madelina-2016 Abroad, Madelina, Service, Social & Diversity 0 Comments

Cambodia is a country of dirt streets and motorcycles and sandals and burning trash and dust-filled skies and houses made of wood and hammocks hung from Bamboo trees and chickens and leaves painted the rustic red-brown of volcanic clay. After decades of conquest – raided by Thailand and Vietnam, inhabited as a colony by the French, and bombed by the …

Second Semester Senior

Ian-2016 Aerospace and Mechanical, Ian, Involvement, Service, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

  I’m writing this to you on a lovely Southern California day! And by lovely I mean we’ve been hit by El Nino and it is lovely to be inside cozying up to my computer and some hot tea. It’s hard to believe January has blown by so quickly, it’s going to be President’s Day in the blink of an …