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 …

NSBE National Conference!

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs

I just want to start off by saying that NSBE Nationals is by far one of the best experiences I’ve had since at USC, and it’s definitely because of the people. For those of you who aren’t familiar with NSBE, it stands for the National Society of Black Engineers, and our mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible …

It’s Happening! AthenaHacks 2018

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Design Teams, Entrepreneurship, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering, Yingyu

While it might be midterm season for some… it’s AthenaHacks season for me! (Just kidding, databases midterm on Monday!) Months and months of planning have led up to these 24 hours. This weekend, I’m running AthenaHacks, which is an all-female hackathon hosted here at USC! Last year, a couple of friends and I co-founded AthenaHacks, so it’s only our second …

What Networking at USC Looks Like: SWE Edition

Siena Applebaum Aerospace and Mechanical, Professional & Academic, Siena, Social & Diversity, Women In Engineering

Hey guys and gals! A little bit of background before I begin: one of my favorite organizations on campus is the USC chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, or SWE. SWE is an international organization that aims to provide female engineers with a supportive community and a greater voice in the engineering industry. The USC SWE Chapter provides access …

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 …