Food & (some) Fitness: Bagel Bombs, Bread, and Boxing

Audrey Roberts Audrey, Best of LA, Food, Free Time Leave a Comment

Many USC students take Presidents’ Day weekend as an opportunity to visit home or travel elsewhere. While I was tempted to book a ticket back home to Colorado to ski this weekend, two midterms and an essay due this coming week made going home a less realistic option for me. Instead, I stuck around the LA area, but (as usual) …

My Completed LA Bucket list (so far!)

Loic Alini Beach, Best of LA, Food, Free Time, Hikes, Loic, Music, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I’ve been in Los Angeles for nearly a year and a half now, and I’ve been lucky enough to have experienced many different places and events around here. Here is a list of my favorite things to do in LA (so far)! Fun Events: Los Angeles is the international capital of entertainment, and this is reflected in the sheer number …

My Life As An SI Leader

Miles Kay Involvement, Miles, Professional & Academic, Study, Viterbi Class, Work Leave a Comment

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 …

Choosing a Direction: Making Major Decisions for Your College Life

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Free Time, Internship, Professional & Academic, Rachel, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Getting admitted to college can be both exciting and terrifying. Having to commit to a school, city, major, or activity can be super overwhelming. I remember feeling an extreme pressure to specify in February of my senior year, and even more so after coming to campus and trying to find my niche. With the wisdom I have obtained over the …

College and Imposter Syndrome

Loic Alini Internship, Loic, Professional & Academic, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

So get this, it’s around the time in the semester where things are picking up and you start falling behind in your classes. You’re sleeping less and less, you have more problem sets and quizzes to study for, and your GE teacher starts assigning essay’s left and right. All your friends around you seem to be having fun and hanging …

GE Philosophy: Thinking about Thinking

Jacob Toney Best of LA, Chemical, Free Time, Jacob, Major, Music, Sports, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

Howdy everyone, Well it’s February now, and the semester is plugging along. So far it’s been raining way more than we’re used to out here, but it’s not too bad. Some people aren’t a fan and miss the sunshine, but I think it’s a nice change of pace – it keeps us locals on our toes! Aside from staying dry, …

Troy Camp: Tutoring, Friendship, and Much More

Shuntaro Nishi Best of LA, Campus Events, Chemical, Free Time, Involvement, Shuntaro, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

You might be wondering what Troy Camp is! It is quite possibly the greatest organization in the history of the world! Imagine this, a busy week of engineering classes and extra curricular activities. What would take away all the stress? Acting like a kid and making an impact. Through this organization you will have hours in the week to hang …

Putting the A.I. in Hawaii!

Natalie Monger Beach, Computer Science, Natalie, Professional & Academic, Research, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Aloha! This past weekend was one of the best weekends I’ve had in my four years of college. I attended the 2019 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. I attended this conference last year in New Orleans, which was super fun. I had no expectations that this weekend would top that one, but it totally …

Saving the Best for Last!

Rhea Choudhury Best of LA, Free Time, Hikes, Music, Rhea, Students, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Hey hey! IT’S MY LAST! SEMESTER! AT! USC! It still feels so strange saying that out loud, time has honestly flown by. I’m trying to balance my time between finishing up my coursework, transitioning organization leadership positions, hanging out with friends, and some necessary self-care/self improvement. I wanted to write a quick post about the things I’m looking forward to …

San Diego: Beaches and Biotech

Dominie Miyasato Beach, Biomedical, Dominie, Free Time, Hikes, Research, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

A three-day weekend at the beginning of the semester is an ideal time to relax and have fun with friends before everyone gets busy. For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I traveled with a couple friends down to San Diego. One of them lives in San Diego, which meant that we had a place to stay and a car! By …

Preparing to Go Abroad!

Miranda Jernberg Abroad, Chemical, Miranda, Study Leave a Comment

My semester abroad begins this February! I can’t believe that starting this process in September would lead me overseas just a few months later. This all started when I received an email that said, “Enjoy 300+ days of sunshine a year in Australia!”. The photos linked in the message were of the University of Queensland located in Brisbane, Australia. It …

New Semester, New Opportunities

Miles Kay Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Free Time, Hikes, Involvement, Major, Miles, Service, Social & Diversity, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

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 …

Let’s Get This Bread (Starting This Semester Right)

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Free Time, Internship, Involvement, Rachel, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

Spring semester is off to a great start! I can’t believe my last year of college will be coming up so soon! This semester, I am taking three engineering classes and two theatre classes that will go towards my Dramatic Arts minor. After last semester, I am so excited to get a bit of a break from all of my …

Spring Sophomore Szn

Steven Douglass Abroad, Aerospace and Mechanical, Athletics, Free Time, Major, Research, Sports, Steven, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

As the beginning of the end of my sophomore year gets under way, I have so much to look forward to in all aspects of my college life. I am going to split this up into three categories: classes, extra stuff, and what is beyond the end of this semester. AME 231 Mechanical Behavior of Materials: I am learning about …

Shaking Up a New Semester

Luz Camacho Computer Science, Involvement, Luz, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

College is a learning experience in more ways than one. Just as you will learn new things pertaining to your major everyday you will also begin uncovering new things about yourself. Which dining hall is your favorite, what food can you get away with eating exclusively for a whole week, how do you tackle laundry day in your new apartment …

Spring 2019: 20 Years Gone, Holding On

Jacob Toney Best of LA, Chemical, Free Time, Home Life, Internship, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Research, Social & Diversity, Sports, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a great holiday season, and are as excited as I am for the new year! It’s going to be a packed one, but at least I’m well rested from my time off. My break was really nice – I got to head home and spend some time with friends and family, and celebrate the …

Spending Winter Break by Taking a Break

Audrey Roberts Audrey, Free Time, Home Life Leave a Comment

Winter break in college offers something I know I will rarely find elsewhere: little to no responsibilities. I savored almost four weeks with no alarms, meetings, assignments, quizzes, exams, and (fewer) emails. The feeling of waking up and thinking what can I do today rather than what do I need to do today provided me with the respite I needed from …

Fighting the Good Fight! My Last Semester

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Trojan Spirit Leave a Comment

Hey y’all! Happy New Year. It’s officially my last semester. I have very mixed emotions about this. Of course I will be sad to leave USC, but I am also ready to say I conquered my engineering degree (which I had countless doubts about conquering) and officially call myself an engineer. As a second semester senior, I can attest to …