Camping in the Sierra – The Basics

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Camping in the Sierras is California’s way of showing you that it’s one of the most beautiful states in the lower 48. Living, breathing, and studying in LA for months on end can be a fantastic fast-paced blur of excitement, but slowing down a bit and admiring the outdoors is a wholesome environment to reflect and enjoy on the events …

High School vs. The Big Leagues – Making the Transition

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It’s a transition that lives somewhat in infamy – the move from high school to university, from being a reliant and impressionable child to the epitome of adulthood, maturity, and stability (or, something like that)… There are a lot of first impressions and anecdotes that get thrown around about making the move from high school to college; some of them …

Griffith Observatory

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L.A. is not Colorado, of course, but that doesn’t mean that mountains (or, large hills from my biased perspective) are not within close reach. There are views aplenty in Los Angeles and the surrounding San Gabriel Mountains, and some of the easiest and accessible areas are a 15 minute drive from USC near Downtown LA. Last weekend, I visited the …

Aero, Astro, and Mech: Decoding the Differences and Explaining the Similarities

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Most schools have one. Some might have two. But it’s almost impossible to find a school that has all three disciplines that encapsulate things that move: Astronautical, Aerospace, and Mechanical Engineering. While the greater latitude in choice may afford more autonomy in your options, this scope of choice may also complicate things – a good bit. My goal will be (from …

How to Assess Value

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     Finding the value in anything can be difficult. As quantitative people, engineers, scientists, and mathematicians most commonly turn toward the single most indisputable method for establishing and ranking anything in the world: quantitative assessments, or metrics. Metrics are great for analyzing large amounts of data, for predicting consumer choices, or for improving day to day life processes by …

Art History – More than Paintings and Stone

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Let’s face it – as an engineer you probably enjoy taking engineering classes more than writing classes or explorations of the classics. However, that isn’t to say that these classes you’re required to take (you can even view them as an opportunity) aren’t a valuable learning experience that seriously broadens the scope of a traditional engineering education. For instance, this …

Hack Your Life Viterbi Style

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We’ve all heard the increase in use of the buzzwords “hacking”, “synergy”, “efficiency”, and many more, but some of them have enough validity that they deserve their own explanation. In a sense, you can apply the best principles of each of these crazily-abstract terms to your own life, and actually get some great rewards from them in the process. What …

It’s not just about Ramen…

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We get it. College is busy. Between doing homework, possibly having a job, studying for tests and all of the cooking and cleaning that goes along with keeping yourself together everyday, some things fall by the wayside. All too commonly, the “college ramen diet” is not the facade that students use to mask what they’re actually eating, it is what …