Two Years Later: Reflecting on Why I Chose USC

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It blows my mind that a little over two years ago I decided that I’d be attending USC. The last two years have gone incredibly fast; it’s crazy (and a bit scary) that I’m already halfway done with college. This year has been even better than my freshman year, and as I reflect on that decision I made two years …

A Week to Reset (and Surf)

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It’s crazy to think that we’re already more than halfway through the semester! The last two months have flown by and been incredibly memorable, I can definitely say I beat the so-called “sophomore slump.” Myth busted! The semester has been so fast-paced that I’ve barely had time to relax, and though I enjoy everything I’m involved in, really like my …

My Life As An SI Leader

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In college, classes can be extremely challenging. I’ll be the first to admit that I rarely have a complete grasp on concepts after the first time I learn them — I need to be exposed to them several times and have plenty of opportunities to ask questions before I fully get something. Thankfully, one resource that I’ve been able to …

New Semester, New Opportunities

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This semester definitely got off to a fast start! As I write this, I’m in the midst of preparations for two midterms and am writing my first Thematic Option paper of the semester. My classes this semester are all extremely interesting, I’m taking my first two Mechanical Engineering classes (statics and thermodynamics), along with differential equations, a course on French …

Winter Break: Blink and You’ll Miss It

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Though scientists say that tachyons are some of the only things in this universe to move faster than light, I’d offer that winter break for college students moves just as fast if not faster than these theorized particles. This momentary respite from the busy life of an engineering student at USC allowed me time to refocus, recharge, and relax. Keep …

Conquering Your College Applications: Tips, Tricks, and Advice

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It’s that time of year for high school seniors. Welcome to the heart of college application season! I can remember the mounting sense of anxiety and excitement that characterized my life when I was a senior (in the fall of 2016). With each deadline that approached, each essay draft I scrapped in favor of a new idea, and each new …

My Sophomore Year Resolution: Play More Tennis and Golf!

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In high school, sports were my preferred method of de-stressing. I played both varsity tennis and golf, and when I wasn’t in season I could be found playing both with my friends or family in preparation for the next season. As all high school athletes know, sports seasons are a great way to get exercise, hang out with your friends, …

ISE, ISE Baby: My Life as an Industrial and Systems Engineer

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“Alright stop, collaborate and listen!” Though I’m not a huge Vanilla Ice fan (David Bowie’s “Under Pressure” is most DEFINITELY the superior song), this line from “Ice, Ice Baby” is one that expresses an important aspect of all majors in Viterbi, and most specifically my major: Industrial and Systems Engineering. For many prospective students, including myself in high school, Industrial …

The ABC’s of Sophomore Year (Açai Bowls, Being Adventurous, and Career Preparations)

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Sophomore year is in full swing and I couldn’t be happier to be back on campus! Though the first few weeks have been fast-paced and challenging, they’ve also been rewarding and fun. I’m really excited to share some of the things I’ve been up to with you all, keep reading to discover my culinary endeavors, gameday experiences, and how I’ve …

To Internships and Beyond! A Major Milestone in my Professional and Academic Journey

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Greetings from Omaha, Nebraska! It’s hard to believe that summer is already drawing to a close; it went by in the blink of an eye. This summer, I completed my first internship, I’m really excited to share my experience with you and how it impacted my professional development! In February, after submitting an application and doing several phone interviews with …

Serve On! Why I’ve Made Community Service a Huge Part of My Life at USC

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In high school, I spent a lot of time doing community service. The projects I participated in ranged from tutoring and mentoring at a non-profit after-school and summer program to helping set up and man water stations at marathons. When I told my relatives about my involvement, they often remarked on how my service work would surely be looked upon …

Adventure is Out There: Exploring LA as a Midwesterner

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Until I visited USC last March, I had never been to Los Angeles. When I arrived in LA for my campus visit, I knew very little about the city beyond its idyllic depiction in La La Land, a movie which left me excited to have those quintessentially LA experiences seen in the film. After my visit, I realized why all …

One Year Down: Reflecting on Freshman Year

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Hogwarts robes or convocation attire?  The Workload In high school, my teachers often told me that I’d enter college more than prepared to handle the work required to maintain good grades. As such, I came to school confident that I’d be able to finish all my assignments with no problems and easily earn high marks on papers and exams. Within …