Being an RA is UnderRAted

Nathan Alvarez Dorm, Housing, Involvement, Nathan, Service, Work

My freshman year housing experience was awesome. I loved the easy access to my best friends’ rooms, my roommates were great, and finding study groups could not have been easier. I can’t imagine being happier than I was in my freshmen dorm- so now I’m doing it all over again, except as an RA. When my friends wanted to get …

Free Trip to D.C.! Thanks Viterbi!

Nathan Alvarez Involvement, Nathan, Professional & Academic, Research, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer 0 Comments

A few weeks ago, I capitalized on an awesome opportunity to take a free trip to Washington D.C. with three of my close friends. My flight, housing, and food was covered, all I had to do was agree to represent USC at a conference and attend workshops. The conference is called the Grand Challenges Summit, and it focuses on the …

Summer in the Sun and Stars- Interning at Orbital ATK

Nathan Alvarez Aerospace and Mechanical, Beach, Free Time, Internship, Nathan, Sports, Work 0 Comments

This summer has been crazy trying to fit in work, time with family, and time at the beach. After taking one week off to travel to Seattle, I started working a full time internship at Orbital ATK in my hometown of Goleta, CA, and I’ve absolutely loved it. If you don’t already know, Orbital ATK is an aerospace and defense company …

Research with Robots: My Freshman Experience

Nathan Alvarez Aerospace and Mechanical, Involvement, Major, Nathan, Research, Study, Viterbi Life, Work 0 Comments

My freshman year, I was fortunate enough to start working in a research lab during my very first semester of college. As a part of the Viterbi Fellows program, I was exposed to various different research labs on campus with undergraduate assistant openings, and the Interaction Lab seemed the most aligned with my interests, so I emailed the faculty advisor …

Reflecting on Freshman Year: 5 Ways College Has Changed Me

Nathan Alvarez Campus Events, Free Time, Involvement, Nathan, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC 0 Comments

The fact that I am moving back to campus in a few weeks blows my mind. I still clearly remember how it felt opening my acceptance letter over a year ago. I was not sure exactly what to expect when coming to college, which I now realize makes sense because everyone’s experience is so different that it’s hard to explain …

Tracking the Old and Meeting the New: College Track Meets

Nathan Alvarez Campus Events, Free Time, Nathan, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

In high school, I was super involved with my cross-country and track and field teams, and that’s how I met some of my best friends. Suffering through long practices every day is a great way to bond with people, so that’s why I was so excited to hear that a couple of my old teammates were coming to race at …

Market Madness!

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Hump day is beloved by many around the globe, for a variety of reasons. Here at USC, there is a very special reason why Wednesdays are so great: the farmer’s market. Every Wednesday, a variety of shops, markets, and pop up food places hit USC’s McCarthy quad. Whenever I walk through the quad, I’m like a little kid in a …