“Hey Ankur, What’s a Hackathon?”

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Glad you asked! Hackathons are two to three-day long events that are held over the course of a weekend at universities across the nation (and the world)! They usually feature several hundred college students, a handful of corporate sponsors, and thousands of dollars in prizes, awards, and other fun incentives. Overall, the goal of a hackathon is to encourage students …

Music Mashups

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DAMN. That’s what I’m listening to right now. The Kendrick Lamar album? Haven’t heard of it? It’s new. And incredible. And it’s probably the third new album I’ve listed to in the last few days. No matter what I’m doing, there’s a good chance I’m listening to music. Whether I’m studying, longboarding around campus, or working out, I’m committed to …

What’s In My Backpack?

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One of the biggest changes I experienced going from high school to college was no longer having to carry everything around with me during the day. See, I used to to be that kid. The kid with the stack of papers and textbooks that he carried around with him from class to class. Well, coming into college, I decided that …

Internal vs External Motivations

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So, you’re going to college! You’re excited to take that next step, potentially move somewhere different, and meet new people. And somewhere in there, you’re going to be taking new classes, having conversations with incredible professors, and exploring your interests – academic or otherwise. But between all the new opportunities and incredible people, everyone eventually starts thinking about a few …

Schedule Everything.

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College students always talk about not having enough time. I know I’ve definitely done this, and I know basically all my friends have, too. Balancing friends, family, classes, homework, a social life, extracurriculars, and sleep somewhere in the middle is always a challenge, and it’s one that doesn’t get easier as you get further through college. I mean, I’m three …

Inspiring Entrepreneurship at USC

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Doing something new is always hard. I think that’s a fact of life, no matter who you are or where you are in it. There’s always someone telling you it can’t happen, something blocking the way, and some obstacle to overcome. But overcoming those challenges makes doing something new worth it, and it’s that idea that’s at the core of …

The Book Club

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Between trying to manage classes, clubs, friends, family, and everything in between, everybody in college prioritizes. What you prioritize, and what you decide to spend your time on, is often harder to decide on that what classes you’ll be taking. But no matter how you structure your priorities, it’s pretty likely that a few things end up getting left by …

The Rise of Troy (East)

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When I was deciding on what to do for housing for sophomore year at USC, had a lot of options: Gateway on Figueroa, the Lorenzo, houses on 27th and 28th Street, and USC Housing among them. Ultimately, I decided to go with USC Housing, and I decided to live in Troy East Apartments. Compared to Parkside Arts and Humanities, the …

Summer Schedules

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Not being in a formal internship program meant that I had to figure out ways to lock myself down and focus on the goals I had for that day. Without a regular 9-5, it’s really, really easy to do nothing, lay in bed, and just watch Netflix all day. To curb that and attempt to be productive, I decided that …

All Summer Sixteen

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I spent most of the summer back home in Chicago. While I wasn’t doing a formal internship, I’m really glad to have had the time “off” – I think it’s important to take time every so often to recenter and really consider what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. College goes by really quickly, and it’s too easy to …

Say Hello

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When you get on campus, what’s the first thing you should do? Okay, sure, you unpack, you say bye to your parents, and you collect your dorm room essentials from the bookstore. But after that? The answer: start saying hi to EVERYONE. Be aggressively social and meet as many people as humanly possible during your first year of college. When I …

“Views from the 6…0048”

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I’m not from here. I’m not from Los Angeles. I’m not from Southern California. I’m not even from the western half of the United States. I’m from a suburb 45 minutes northwest of Chicago called Libertyville. A largely upper-middle class, primarily white, conservative neighborhood. So when I came out to USC, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. Sure, I got …