My classmates are all over the world: USC iPodia!

Jose Hernandez Abroad, Industrial and Systems, Jose, Viterbi Class

From surfing and yoga, to improv, to ballroom dancing, USC has a lot of really cool classes. But one of my favorite classes this semester is one that is truly unique. It’s called iPodia! What exactly is iPodia, you ask? Well, its a class at USC called Principles and Practices of Global Innovation, but that’s not all. It’s actually part …

Roaming Around Rome: My Summer Abroad in Italy!

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Ciao Ragazzi! This summer has absolutely flown by, and I can’t believe there’s only about a month we all head back to USC! I’ve just had the most amazing 7 weeks studying abroad in Rome, Italy! As you might already know, I had the opportunity to do this as one of 42 USC students participating in the Viterbi Summer Overseas …

Having a Blast at the USC ISE Annual Banquet

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Hey everyone! This week was the ISE Annual Banquet, an end of the year celebration for undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. students in the ISE major, as well as ISE faculty and staff. As the Programming Director for the USC Chapter of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), my job was to plan everything about the event, from the …

Midterm SZN Tips and Tricks: ISE Edition

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Hey everyone, Last week was crazy busy: lots of assignments, a couple midterms, and helping out with ExploreSC. The promise of spring break this week was a consolation that also made the days go by extremely slowly. All things considered, it turned out to be a really good week! My midterms last week were in both of my ISE classes: …

Retreat Weekend: 5 Things That Are Worth Driving 8 Hours For

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Morning everyone, This past weekend I got to go back to my hometown for a few days. Even though I live relatively close to USC, I don’t tend to go home very often. The 6-8 hour round trip in traffic can definitely be a drag. However, I chose to make this drive because of something that’s really important to me. When I was a sophomore …

IISE: Why Professional Development Clubs are Awesome

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Hey guys, Today I want to talk to you all about an engineering club within Viterbi that is tailored to my major, Industrial and Systems Engineering. USC has student organizations dedicated to professional development for students in every branch of engineering, and you can find a comprehensive list of Viterbi student orgs here, but for now I’m going to focus …

First Take: Manhattan Beach!

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What’s up everyone! Hope you all had a fantastic Veteran’s day, I know I did. After a busy week of classes, I felt an itch to get off campus today and go someplace I’d never been before! Southern California seems to have forgotten that it’s almost the middle of November, so it was a toasty 88 DEGREES today, if you can believe …

Hometown Destination: Porterville, CA

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There really is nothing like home. But I know what you’re thinking, “What is a Porterville?”. Well, it’s a sauna that traps 50,000 people somewhere between the bustling metropoles famously known as Bakersfield and Fresno. Here the oranges are abundant and entertainment involves watching tourists on their way to the Sequoias trying to adapt to the smell of manure. But really, I …

Major Decisions… What in the World is ISE?

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Coming into USC, I thought for sure that I had decided on a major. I entered my first semester as a Mechanical Engineering major. In high school, I had taken classes in AutoCAD and SolidWorks, and I had participated in engineering design competitions. In college, I knew I wanted to be an engineer, but towards the end of the semester, …

Parkside Darkside?? 5 Reasons Why Reality Shatters Expectations

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After choosing USC, the next item on my to-do list was deciding which dorm I was going to live in. Needless to say, the process of picking a residence hall included many hours of online research, and combing through forums and blogs, which only resulted in more indecision. It seemed like there were endless options, and I wanted to find …