A Glimpse of Life as an Adult (Abbott Summer Internship)

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After an unbelievable experience studying abroad in Rome last summer, I thought I would not have a summer as dense and as meaningful in the near future. I’m happy to report that I was wrong. This summer, I have been interning for Abbott Laboratories in Columbus, Ohio. Abbott is a huge company and consists of many different divisions including: Diabetes, …

Posture Perfect (BME Senior Design Project)

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As the conclusion of this semester quickly approaches, a lot of my semester-long projects are nearing completion. The most important of them all is my senior design project (BME-405). We are challenged to ideate, develop, and build a device within the biomedical engineering sphere in teams of four to five students. Our group was passionate about creating a solution to …

Edwards Lifesciences Company Visit

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While I was fortunate enough to secure a summer internship during the fall semester, this does not mean that I’ve closed myself off from the many corporate events that are still happening on and off campus. When I found out that Edwards Lifesciences, a well-known medical device company, wanted to welcome a small group of USC students to tour its …

Attending America’s Largest Medtech Event (MD&M West)

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This semester, I’m taking some exciting biomedical engineering courses that directly apply to what I want to do after college. One of them is BME-416: Development and Regulation of Medical Products. The class meets once a week and we discuss the design, manufacturing, classification and quality procedures that go into the creation of medical devices. Recently, we had the opportunity …

Prototyping a Prosthetic in 48 Hours (ASBME Makeathon)

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This past weekend I participated in ASBME’s Makeathon, an annual 48-hour hardware competition in which teams of four to five individuals collaborate to address a medical challenge. At 6 PM on Friday, the twelve participating teams were briefed on the prompt that would be consuming their time and efforts for the next two days. This year, teams were tasked with …

Five Factors that led me to USC!

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USC was not my dream school; in fact, I didn’t have a dream school. At the beginning of the college application season, I was not entirely sold on engineering being my future, let alone biomedical engineering. But as the decisions started arriving in the month of April, I started visiting college campuses and interacting with students who lived there, trying …

The Biggest Networking Event of the Year (ASBME’s Corporate Dinner)

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The most renowned professional event specific to undergraduate Biomedical Engineering students at USC is the annual Corporate Dinner hosted by the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering Students (ASBME). This is an ideal opportunity for students interested in the biomedical industry (regardless of major) to meet and network with ASBME’s industry partners in Southern California. Companies in attendance this year included …

Settling Into a New Semester

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It’s 2018. I’m now a second semester junior and it’s showing in my course work. Four of the classes I’m taking are upper division including my senior design project class, BME-405, in which we are expected to collaborate in teams to design and implement a device for monitoring or therapy that could develop into a commercial product. We’re going to …

Semester Recap (Fall 2017)

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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 …

How I Successfully Landed an Internship

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As a junior, one of my primary goals this semester was to secure an internship opportunity within the medical device industry so I could personally experience what the day to day life of a biomedical engineer entails. And I’m fortunate to say that I was able to achieve it- I’ll be an Operations Intern at Abbott Laboratories, a global healthcare …

Raise your hand if you think children are our Future!

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One of the greatest privileges of my college experience has been Project-in-a-Box. This is an outreach program geared towards visiting local 3rd – 6th grade classrooms and teaching students about biotechnology such as prosthetic hands, stents, heart valves, and DNA. We carry these projects around in a box across the University Park neighborhood, hence the name Project-in-a-Box. Our mission is …

“Hey! Would you like a free T-Shirt?”

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“All you have to do is record yourself pitching a 30 second idea to solve a problem you’ve encountered on campus, in your day to day life, or in the surrounding community.” This is the premise behind Spark SC’s annual 2-month long, campus-wide pitch competition dubbed, “1000 Pitches”. Participants are free to share absolutely any idea they have in a …

Studying Abroad is Expensive and Inapplicable, right? Wrong!

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If you’ve stumbled upon my other blog, titled “The Five Staples of Rome,” you would know that this past summer was a whirlwind of highlights I will look back fondly upon for the rest of my life. But you’re probably thinking that this unbelievable experience came at a huge cost that forced me to drain my savings and take out …

Engineering the Start of Successful College Journeys (ENGR-102)

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All Viterbi freshmen take ENGR-102: Engineering Freshman Academy, during their first semester at USC. This class meets once a week for two hours to discuss a plethora of broad and specific engineering topics, engage in versatile debates, explore the various Engineering Grand Challenges, and participate in group design activities. Arguably just as important, the class functions to transition freshman into …

Major Key Alert: A Smooth College Transition

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USC is a whole new, fast-paced, and exciting world that demands acclimation. There are more opportunities than ever, more events/resources, and more people to interact with; however, you must balance it all with a substantial course load and the same amount of time as before. The transition is manageable. There are several things I did to prepare myself for a much …

Santa Monica Beach Social

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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 …

The USC Startup Career Fair

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One of the first organizations that I joined when I came to USC was Spark SC. I first heard about them through the Viterbi Voices Podcast in which founders Calvin and Adena discussed Spark’s mission and the various events their org was coordinating to spread a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship on campus. Immediately, I was drawn to the incredible …

Arriving as a Spring Admit

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When I received the news of my spring admission, I was overwhelmed with feelings of excitement and uncertainty. While I had just been admitted to one of the most prestigious universities in the country, I could not foresee how my late start would impact my academic and social life at USC as I would be missing out on a semester’s …