USC by Accident, Trojan by Choice

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Hi folks!  When you finally settle on a college, everyone will undoubtably ask you why you chose your school. When I first was accepted to USC, I didn’t have an answer to this question. Slowly but surely, however, USC won me over and I could not be happier to be a Trojan. I was not a Trojan fan from the start. …

Life’s A Mountain… So Take the Climb!

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Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day wherever you are – This past week I had the opportunity to visit Indonesia as my second to last trip in Southeast Asia. It was an unbelievable experience seeing Bali, Lombok, Mount Rinjani, and Gili Air Island. Selamat Datang di Indonesia! (Welcome to Indonesia! in Bahasa) BALI  ISLAND We arrived …

Home is Where the Heart Is – Housing at USC

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Hi folks! Being abroad it is always nice to stop and reflect on just how great it is to be home – in the spirit of home I’d like to share with you a little about the places I’ve called home over the past couple years at USC as well as the current place I’ve just started calling home in …

The Philippines Dichotomy: Crystal Waters and Filthy Slums

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Maligayang pagdating sa Pilipinas! (Welcome to the Philippines! in Filipino/Tagolog) Our trip to the Philippines was one of the most physically and emotionally exhausting in many ways. Not only did we spend way too many hours on cramped ferries traveling to distant islands, but we also saw some of the starkest and most brutal poverty in Southeast Asia. When looking …

I Spy an Elephant…. Finally!

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Hi everyone! As promised again, here is my blog about my short trip to Laos – and its probably the most fun one so far! I finally got to see (and ride no less) an elephant, which justifies the plethora of elephant print clothing sold everywhere here. ຍິນດີຕ້ອນຮັບ ລາວ ! (Welcome to Laos! in Lao) Of course, the one time we …

Busy Busy Bangkok … Southeast Asia’s Central Hub

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Hello Everyone! As promised here is my blog about my layover in Bangkok! It was a short trip, but jam packed with lots of neat experiences. ยินดีต้อนรับสู่ประเทศไทย! (Welcome to Thailand! in Thai) We descended over the city into brown smoke. There is no sky in Bangkok, only pollution and smoke and dust. It was almost painful to see our plane …

Myanmar – The Land of Pagodas and Smiling Children

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Hello everyone! This past week I had the amazing opportunity to travel to several countries, which I will be posting about soon. The first, and the place where I spent the most time, was Myanmar. Read on if you’d like to hear a little more about this amazing experience. *** Also as an important note – an interesting engineering project …

My Favorites 8,769 Miles Apart

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Hi everyone! This week I’ll be sharing with you all about some of my favorite USC traditions from home as well as some of my new favorite Singapore traditions here at NUS. They might be 8,769 miles apart, but it’s neat to see how people celebrate with the same school spirit in both places! USC Game Days At USC, there is …

From Blueprint to Building Things!

Madelina-2016 Biomedical, Electrical, Madelina, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

Hi everyone! Today I’d like to share with you all about my favorite class this semester here in Singapore. There’s a lot of great choices to choose from, as I’m taking all engineering courses this spring (which clearly means my course load is really cool). However, I think my favorite so far has been my biomedical electronics class, BN3401. In …

Just Do It – Study with Desire!

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Hi everyone – Happy February (and Happy Almost Valentine’s Day!) In the spirit of the season of love, here’s a cool quote by Da’Vinci about LOVING studying!  “Study without desire spoils the memory and retains nothing that it takes in.”       – Leonardo Da’Vinci  This week we’re talking about study spots (which after my last post about Cambodia …

The Dust that Never Settles and the Fire that Always Burns

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Cambodia is a country of dirt streets and motorcycles and sandals and burning trash and dust-filled skies and houses made of wood and hammocks hung from Bamboo trees and chickens and leaves painted the rustic red-brown of volcanic clay. After decades of conquest – raided by Thailand and Vietnam, inhabited as a colony by the French, and bombed by the …

Salutations from Singapore! :)

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Hello everyone, I hope this email finds you enjoying a wonderful start to second semester – this spring is shaping up to be super duper exciting! I hope all of you have an amazing second semester filled with lots of surprises and blessings 🙂 Salutations from Singapore! (English) 來自新加坡的問候 ! (Chinese) सिंगापुर से बधाई ! (Hindi) salam dari Singapura ! …

Doodling in the Margins

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Hi everyone – I hope you are enjoying the beautiful changing autumn season as you read this! This week I’d like to tell you about all things non-engineering – I love my major (which you can read a little about in my post from last week about the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering), but it’s the whole spectrum of extracurriculars, …