Making the Most of Your Units

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I’m sure if you’re considering engineering you’ve started to hear about heavy course-loads, technical classes, and of course, no free time. At least, that’s what I was expecting. I came into engineering ready to take my major classes and grind. I heard my friends talking about how they wanted to take dance or piano and thought, “oh yeah, what’s your …

Summer Abroad: Madrid, Spain

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¡Hola chicos! I just got back from the Viterbi Overseas Program, a wonderful program that takes us USC engineers abroad to take classes towards our major while enjoying a sizzling Spanish paella or walking through the narrow streets of La Latina. Basically, I just spent the last seven weeks abroad and miss it terribly, so bear with me while I …

Why I Chose USC

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I actually waited until the last day to commit to USC. I took my sweet time in committing, even though deep inside I was hooked on SC since I set foot on campus. However, USC was more expensive for me than other options, and I had to seriously consider if the quality of education I would receive here merited the …

Birnkrant “Eight Floors of Open Doors”

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During my freshmen year, I lived in Birnkrant, a dorm-style housing option open to admitted students who have received a scholarship. Birnkrant is USC’s honors dorm. It is located on the “North” area of campus, adjacent to a dining hall (EVK), 24-hour Leavey Library, and actually has a Starbucks inside the building. #Birnkrant bc USC understands the Starbucks needs to …

How To Choose A Major

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Hey everyone! With college looming around the corner for a lot of you, the question of what major to pursue comes into sharp focus. I know in the months leading up to college I became more and more unsure of what I should do in college and what the “right” major was. Looking back, I was going about choosing my …

Trojan Territory

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Hey all! This week I’m going to spotlight my campus hot-spots, which for the record is something I take VERY seriously. I absolutely love scouting new places on campus to study or hang out, so let it be known that these locations have been well tested by yours truly. It’s a short, but well curated list. Grace Ford Salvatori Hall …

And We’re Back!

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Hey all! First things first: obligatory “spring back into things” pun in honor of spring semester, a magical time of three day weekends, spring break, and slowly breaking your New Year’s resolutions! Let’s talk winter break! Here’s a nice album of what I’ve been doing the past month:   If my fun, zesty photos don’t speak for themselves, I had …

All About Fall Semester

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Hey everybody! Finals week is upon us! One more week until fall semester is officially over, and as the semester comes to a close, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on this past semester, and my top ten memories from these past four months. Leadership via ropes course @StearnsBetty #VPCRetreat #ViterbiLife pic.twitter.com/ko5Z1Vx8QY — Maria Bacci (@MariaBacciUSC) August 29, …

SCommunity Service

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Hey everyone! Thanksgiving is just around the long, midterm filled corner, and I wanted to take some time to talk about giving back to the local community. One thing that always stood out about USC for me when I was picking colleges was the relationship it fostered with the local community. Since coming here, I’ve gotten involved with several different …

Weekends at SC

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Hey everyone! This week I want to give a shout out to weekends, a time of endless (two days) opportunity. Some other students have formed a picture of day-to-day life in Viterbi, but what about when school’s off? What do weekends for engineer look like? Honestly, they can look like anything, especially if you’re willing to try new things. Some of …

Internships and Otherwise

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Hey everybody! It’s fall and the engineering area of campus is alive with the sound of undergraduates printing out their 18th draft of a resume. It’s our SoCal version of leaves rustling for autumn. I fell right into the spirit, and have joined the Great Internship Search. Before I go into that, I wanted to talk about what I did …

Who’s QuEST?

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So my favorite Viterbi Org is QuEST, or Queers in Engineering, Science, and Technology if you want a mouthful. As the name suggests, it’s a club for LGBTQ+ STEM majors, primarily engineers. QuEST was actually founded last year by another VSA, and she wrote about her experience creating the club here. (Bonus: I’m in the cover photo for that blog, …

Off Campus and On Point

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Hey everybody! So today’s blog is going to be about exploring Los Angeles this summer without a car and on a budget I like to describe as “hilariously tight.” In my last blog, I mentioned coming back to USC a month early to do research. A friend in my lab and I challenged ourselves to explore something in Los Angeles every …

Summer After Freshman Year: Research and Relaxation

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This summer, I went home to Orlando for the first half of the summer, then came back to USC for summer research. My first half of the summer was really Floridian. I went to Miami a few times, and the beach, and Downtown Disney; I drank a lot of orange juice; I jumped on the Orlando City Soccer Club bandwagon. It was really nice to …

Five Most Important Tips for Your First Week

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Listen up! I’m about to educate you on how to be successful in college starting from week one. Here are tried and true methods to get your first year off to an amazing start! Disclaimer: They are a bit cheesy, but they worked for me. Say Hi to Everyone in the Elevator I’m serious, I know it sounds cheesy but …