Welcome to 2016!

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Hi everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your winter break.  I did a lot of relaxing this break.  My family and I went to Kona, Hawaii (on the Big Island).  We visited the Place of Refuge, which is where warring tribes or individuals who committed crimes could escape to safety.  We also went to the beach, played some golf, and …

My Top Ten of Fall 2015

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Hi everyone! Hope you all had a good Thanksgiving and are looking forward to the holidays.  As the semester comes to an end for me, I’m going to share my top ten memories of this past few months. Beating UCLA – I came back to LA for the day to see our football team play hard and beat the Bruins! …

Retail Therapy: Shopping in LA

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Hi everyone! Now that I just finished my last midterms a few days ago, I thought I’d write a little bit about a fun way to de-stress and spend some of my free time: shopping!  You may have heard of some of the more famous shopping destinations in LA, like Rodeo Drive, but I’m going to tell you about some …

My Week at the Grace Hopper Celebration

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Hi everybody! I hope you all have been having a good weekend.  I have spent most of this weekend catching up on schoolwork and the like because I spent most of last week in Houston, Texas for the Grace Hopper Celebration! GHC is basically a conference for women in computing and anything that relates to that topic.  Overall, there were …

Future Career Plans: Internships and Research

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Hi everybody! This week we’re all sharing our different experiences with everything related to internships, jobs, and life after college.  For the past couple summers, I have been in summer school trying to make progress towards completing my double major.  This past summer, I started working on a research project because I’m looking to go into a PhD program, so …

“return new Happiness()” – Association for Computing Machinery

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Hi everyone! As I get back into the swing of the school year, one of the things I’m looking forward to the most is the awesome events put on by my favorite Viterbi Organization – the USC chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). While ACM is technically the professional society for Computer Science majors, you don’t have to …

Back to School! – Fall Preview

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Hi everybody! I hope you all enjoyed (or are still enjoying) the last of your summer vacations.  After wrapping up summer school, I spent some time at home and went to Seattle to visit family.  We went to see a really cool glass exhibit – the colors and sheer number of pieces were amazing! I’ve just wrapped up week 1 …

A Long Time Coming: Why I Chose USC

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Hi everybody! This week, I thought I’d share a little bit about my college decision making process with you all.  Growing up with a dad who was a professor at USC and four older siblings who went here, I had a little bit of a head start in getting to know this school.  One thing about USC that completely captured …

An Overview of Computer Science

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Hey everyone! This week we’re all talking a little bit about our majors and what they actually are.  Like any engineering major, computer science is mostly about problem solving.  The great thing about computer science is that it almost seamlessly integrates into every other field of engineering.  It’s first and foremost a tool to assist in making systems automated and …

First Year Housing: Birnkrant

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Hey everyone! This week I’m going to reminisce a little bit about my freshman dorm room.  Even though I only lived there last year, it seems like such a long time ago! My dorm room was in Birnkrant Residential College, which is the dorm building reserved for incoming freshman with merit scholarships.  It’s located on the northeast corner of campus, …

Qualcomm Women’s Collegiate Conference 2015

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Hey everyone! While my fellow VSAs will be sharing a little bit about research experiences with you this week, I thought I’d tell you about a conference that I had the opportunity to attend this past winter break.  Last fall, I got an email about a conference hosted by Qualcomm, a telecommunications and semiconductor company co-founded by USC’s own Andrew …

Looking Ahead to Spring 2015

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Hey everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your winter breaks – I know I certainly did.  I spent about four weeks at home catching up with family and friends.  Some quick highlights of my break are that I got to see two hockey games with seats on the glass – Anaheim Ducks vs. San Jose Sharks on New Years Eve …

Top 10 Fall 2014 Memories

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I can’t believe its already time to write my wrap-up of the Fall 2014 semester! Sophomore year got off to a great start for me.  Here are some of my highlights from the past few months: 1. Finishing My CSCI 201 Final Project – After a couple months of solid work, my group finally demonstrated our finished product on Monday. …

Animal Shelter Volunteering

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If you’re an animal lover like me, you might miss being around your four-legged friends when you come to college.  One of my favorite ways to cheer myself up when I’m missing my dogs is to volunteer at one of the animal rescue centers near campus.  There are two rescue centers right next to each other, just a couple blocks …

Student Org Spotlight: Association for Computing Machinery

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Hey everyone! This week we are all sharing a little bit about some of our favorite campus involvements.  Since I’ve already written a little about one of my favorite involvements, the USC Women’s Ice Hockey team (learn more from my previous blog post or Kelly’s from this week), I thought I would talk a little bit about another one of …