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 …

Viterbi Expo- My Most Asked Questions

Nathan Alvarez Aerospace and Mechanical, Campus Events, Free Time, Involvement, Major, Nathan, Research, Social & Diversity, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC

This past weekend was the Viterbi Student Expo, which was a chance for prospective students to come check out Viterbi and see what the school is like. As a VSA, my job was to lead groups on tours of various student labs. I answered countless questions throughout the day about my life as an engineering student at USC, so here …

FriendSHPE, LeaderSHPE… InternSHPE?

Vanessa Pangbourne Chemical, Internship, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Vanessa

Greetings friends!! How’s it going? I hope you’re doing well. Today I am here to tell you all about the SHPE National Conference that I attended last weekend because it was a wild time. First, you may be wondering, Vanessa, what is the SHPE National Conference? Let me tell you! SHPE is the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (read Camila’s …

Thrill Seekers Central

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Best of LA, Free Time, Professional & Academic, Ramiro, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life

I am originally from Vallejo, California. For those of you who may not know where this is, it is up in Northern California, in between the Napa Valley and Berkeley. Back home, one of the main attractions is Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. It is your typical theme park with many adrenaline filled rides and tons of great junk food. Coming …

Truss us, we’re friends

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life

Cheering on our team! Compared to some of the other engineering major classes, the civil engineering class of 2019 is relatively small with probably about 25-30 students- which can be a good or bad thing depending on who you ask. I’m one of those people who thinks it’s a good thing. I’ve gotten so used to having classes with the same …

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 …

Beach Bashin in October- Greek Life Philanthropies

Nathan Alvarez Campus Events, Free Time, Involvement, Nathan, Social & Diversity

Since midterm season (round two) is now in full swing, my “Halloweekend” consisted mostly of studying in the library. I had a math midterm this morning, I’ve got a statics midterm on Thursday, and I have an essay due on Friday. There’s a lot on my plate mentally draining me, so that’s why I was so relieved to have our …

My Winter Break Plans

Siena Applebaum Abroad, Free Time, Siena, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs

Hey guys, exciting life update: I just found out that this winter break I officially will be traveling to Israel for 10 days with USC Hillel through Birthright! I had heard about Birthright at the beginning of my freshman year at USC and immediately decided that at some point in my 4 years here I had to participate. A couple …

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 …

Organize yourself to join Student Organizations

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Computer Science, Design Teams, Involvement, Ramiro, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Why USC

Getting involved with a school organization is definitely a great part of the college experience. With some organizations, you’ll be able to make new friends and go on different adventures, while other organizations will put classroom lessons into practice. Whichever you decide to join, not limited to either type, you will find many opportunities for growth and learning. For me, …

Viterbi President’s Council Retreat

Shana Douglass Free Time, Involvement, Shana, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs

Being President of a club is no easy task. On top of school, work, and having a social life, you’re responsible for running an entire organization. As President of the National Society of Black Engineers it’s my job to making sure professional, social, and academic events happen and run smoothly, maintain corporate relationships, and manage an e-board of 15 people, …

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 …

Back to School: College Edition

Yingyu Sun Campus Events, Social & Diversity, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Yingyu Leave a Comment

To all the new Trojans, welcome to the family! You’re in for a wild and amazing ride for the next four years, and you couldn’t have picked a better school. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re feeling a mix of excitement and back-to-school jitters — that was me before my freshman year! With only a few weeks before classes start, …

How to: College as an International Student

Vanessa Pangbourne Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit, Vanessa, Why USC Leave a Comment

The transition from high school to university is a huge one as is, but I also moved countries when I was moving into my freshman year dorm. Two years before that I moved from Santiago, Chile to Vancouver, Canada and I moved between countries a handful of other times too. As an International student, there are a few extra things …

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 …

Santa Monica Beach Social

Daniel Donchev Beach, Best of LA, Daniel, Free Time, Involvement, Social & Diversity, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

It’s 8:00 AM on a Saturday morning following a grueling week of school and my alarm clock is going off with no remorse for my groggy state of being. As I gain a more clear consciousness, I begin to realize that I wasn’t out of my mind setting that alarm the previous night. In fact, I have only an hour …