Fall Break: Getting Out of LA!

Derek Jones Beach, Derek, Free Time, Hikes, Home Life Leave a Comment

USC’s first ever Fall Break was a few weekends ago, and every student collectively breathed a huge sigh of relief—myself certainly included. My midterm schedule this semester has been both forgiving and unforgiving; although I’ve had no real heavy weeks of work, my tests have been spread out enough where I’ve had one or two almost every week throughout my …

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 …

Staying on Top of Things: Managing Coursework in College

Derek Jones Derek, Free Time, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Life at a high-achieving school like USC, not surprisingly, has its ups and downs in terms of stress, time management, and fun. There are days where my workload seems insurmountable, and others where I feel totally in control. If you want to manage all this without making yourself stir-crazy, the key is to minimize these fluctuations. Sometimes it’s a bit …