Being Gay at USC

Derek Jones Derek, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

When I first arrived at USC, no one in the world knew that I was gay. It was a really strange period in my life; towards the end of my senior year, I went through a lot of introspection, and gradually worked towards being comfortable with my sexuality. It was a really strange position to be in, coming to realize …

Viterbi Summer Institute, APPLY!

Mark Parent Beach, Best of LA, Campus Events, Civil and Environmental, College Applications, Dorm, Food, Involvement, Major, Mark, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Sports, Students, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

The Viterbi Summer Institute is a program put on through the Center for Engineering Diversity that gives minority students the opportunity to get acclimated to the school and the unfamiliar area prior to the start of classes. You basically get to experience college before starting your freshman year, making the transition a lot simpler. A total of 50 students are …

Engineering and Greek Life: The Ultimate System Balance

Christina Najm Christina, Free Time, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Students, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

If you told me three years ago that I’d be heavily involved in a sorority in college, I would’ve said you were crazy. Yet here I am, in my junior year at USC and second term as vice president of Alpha Omega Epsilon, the science and engineering professional and social sorority in the Viterbi School of Engineering. In my freshman …

Tips for Roommate Selection: You Won’t Regret Going Random!

Mark Parent Athletics, Beach, Best of LA, Civil and Environmental, Dorm, Food, Free Time, Housing, Involvement, Mark, Museums, Social & Diversity, Sports, Students, Study, Suite, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

When I had committed to come to USC, my first challenge was choosing where I was going to live. USC has many different freshman residence halls that is perfect for all types of students. Since I received a merit scholarship from USC, I chose to live in McCarthy Honors College in the brand-new University Village. The next thing I thought …

USC NSBE Takes On Detroit! – NSBE 45th Annual Conference

Mark Parent Civil and Environmental, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Involvement, Major, Mark, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Why USC Leave a Comment

USC NSBE chapter at the national conference USC NSBE chapter at the national conference As a freshman, I am so grateful that I joined NSBE because it gives me the support system I need to excel in my academics. For those wondering, NSBE stands for the National Society of Black Engineers whose mission is to “to increase the number of …

Wake Up It’s Gameday!

Miles Kay Campus Events, Free Time, Involvement, Miles, Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit Leave a Comment

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…football season! For me, fall semester is synonymous with football. You can’t beat gamedays: tailgating with friends, screaming the USC Fight Song, and the palpable electricity when the Trojans score a touchdown are enough to make me wish we had a home game every weekend. One of the student organizations that I’m a …

Choosing a Direction: Making Major Decisions for Your College Life

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Free Time, Internship, Professional & Academic, Rachel, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Getting admitted to college can be both exciting and terrifying. Having to commit to a school, city, major, or activity can be super overwhelming. I remember feeling an extreme pressure to specify in February of my senior year, and even more so after coming to campus and trying to find my niche. With the wisdom I have obtained over the …

New Semester, New Opportunities

Miles Kay Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Free Time, Hikes, Involvement, Major, Miles, Service, Social & Diversity, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

This semester definitely got off to a fast start! As I write this, I’m in the midst of preparations for two midterms and am writing my first Thematic Option paper of the semester. My classes this semester are all extremely interesting, I’m taking my first two Mechanical Engineering classes (statics and thermodynamics), along with differential equations, a course on French …

Spring 2019: 20 Years Gone, Holding On

Jacob Toney Best of LA, Chemical, Free Time, Home Life, Internship, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Research, Social & Diversity, Sports, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a great holiday season, and are as excited as I am for the new year! It’s going to be a packed one, but at least I’m well rested from my time off. My break was really nice – I got to head home and spend some time with friends and family, and celebrate the …

Four Score and 14 Weeks Ago: My Semester Reflection

Steven Douglass Aerospace and Mechanical, Athletics, Dorm, Free Time, Home Life, Housing, Research, Social & Diversity, Sports, Steven, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I am convinced that I am still in the month of August. What a whirlwind of a semester! There were so many amazing moments and a couple not so awesome moments, but overall I, once again, had the time of my life. Highlights: My housing situation for this year has been so amazing and better than I could have ever …

Thank u, next: Finishing First Semester

Miranda Jernberg Apartment, Best of LA, Campus Events, Chemical, Dorm, Housing, Involvement, Major, Miranda, Social & Diversity, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Tomorrow marks the last day of classes before Thanksgiving break. Although it is only November, classes for first semester are practically over. When we return from break, there is only one more week of class and then finals. So, now is the perfect time to reflect on the first half of my sophomore year. Coming back to USC for the …

Getting Involved with SHPE

Miranda Jernberg Chemical, Involvement, Miranda, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

It all began at the on-campus club fair in Fall 2017. I was eager to get involved with USC’s clubs and organizations, but I had no idea how one club in particular would change my college experience. The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) had a table set-up with a bunch of photos showing off their social gatherings at KBBQ, …

Dancing Queens: The 2018 SWE Social

Luz Camacho Computer Science, Involvement, Luz, Social & Diversity, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

The 2018 SWE Social! An evening of being bused off to a surprise location in cocktail attire surrounded by other fellow SWE members ready to let their hair down in a night of fun and dancing! This year’s surprise location was at a venue Candela, a Mexican food restaurant which doubles as a dance club. SWE members had the entire …

Engineers Can Have Fun, Too!

Dominie Miyasato Apartment, Biomedical, Dominie, Housing, Involvement, Major, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

My sophomore year has definitely started at a quick pace. I am going into week five of the semester, and I already have my first midterm and paper due! In case you are interested in the daily life of a biomedical engineering major, here is what my semester looks like so far. I am living in a four-person apartment and …

How a College Scholarship Took Me to Hollywood

Miranda Jernberg Best of LA, Chemical, Free Time, Internship, Involvement, Miranda, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer 2 Comments

Rewind to Spring 2017 when I applied to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, I was a senior in high school trying to prepare for the price of college. In Fall 2017, I found out that I had been selected as a scholar! I was over the moon with excitement. Receiving a scholarship turned out to be just one opportunity granted to …

Three Cheers for the New and Improved Membership Banquet

Luz Camacho Computer Science, Involvement, Luz, Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Every end of semester, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers puts on a typically small membership appreciation banquet as a thank you to its members, a cheer to the end of the semester, and as a way to recognize certain members in SHPE. These recognized members really embraced one of the five pillars of SHPE: academic development, professional development, chapter …

To Minor or Not to Minor, That is the Question

Rachel Glait Free Time, Involvement, Rachel, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

One of the reasons I chose to come to USC was for the opportunity to pursue multiple majors and minors and take a wide range of classes within the diverse schools and programs at USC. I have been incredibly involved in theatre all of my life, and I hoped to continue pursuing my passion for the dramatic arts throughout my …

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 …

Banquet Season >> Finals Season

Vanessa Pangbourne Social & Diversity, Vanessa, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

 Junior year is quickly coming to its end (what?? how??) and with the end of every year come fun celebrations. Last week SHPE (The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) had their first ever MemberSHPE Appreciation Banquet where Vice Dean Jones was the Keynote Speaker. It was so much fun to celebrate a great year with my favorite org on campus …