Winter in LA: Baby It’s (Not) Cold Outside

Derek Jones Best of LA, Derek, Free Time, Music Leave a Comment

This week marked the last week of classes for my fall semester as a sophomore here at USC. It’s a little bittersweet. This semester has been a rollercoaster for me—but a really fun one, like California Screamin’ or something. Going through my first experiences with applying to internships, classes getting more intense, and getting more involved in my organizations has …

Grateful

Lindsay Huang Involvement, Lindsay, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Happy last week of classes! This year, I stayed on campus instead of going home for Thanksgiving break, which gave me the opportunity to reflect on all the things I’m grateful for at this school: In all seriousness though, I think it’s really easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of deadlines, work and stress in college. Take some …

No Ordinary Nature Blog: LA’s Best Natural Disasters

Madelyn Douglas Best of LA, Madelyn, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

While you probably can google “LA nature” and find lots of photos of Griffith Park, Joshua Tree, Santa Monica, or any other nearby relaxing hike and beach locations, I’m here for those of you looking for a more ~chaotic~ take! This semester, I’m taking one of my Thematic Option classes, CORE 103: “Predicting Disaster: The Applied Science of Seismology”, on …

Thankful Thoughts

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and since it is my senior year I’ve been extremely reflective about my time at USC. I thought it would be nice to reflect on the things throughout my college experience which I am thankful for: I’m nervous to leave because of the uncertainties faced when you enter a new chapter in your life, …

What I Wish I Knew Before the Internship Search

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Dominie, Internship, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Research, summer, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Work Leave a Comment

As a junior studying biomedical engineering, this fall semester was the first time I embarked on the internship hunt. Last summer, I decided to study abroad in Paris. If you checked out my blog about my Viterbi Overseas experience, you would know that it was one of the best decisions of my life. The summer after my freshman year, I …

USC, and the 10 Other Schools I Applied To

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, College Applications, Students, Study, Why USC Leave a Comment

I’m only a junior this year, so I’m not allowed to officially say I have senioritis, but as the semester draws to a close, it sure feels like I do. I’m sure many of you, as I was, are disappointed by how technically the senioritis can’t really kick in until after the application season is over, but don’t worry! You’re …

Navigating College Admissions as an International Student

Sheetal Madnani Chemical, College Applications, Sheetal, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

First off, take a deep breath.  It will all work out the way it is supposed to. That’s perhaps the most frustrating advice I received during my college admissions process, but having come out the other side, I finally understand why it really is the most important piece of advice. College admissions are rough, and there are no two ways …

What I Wish I Knew When I was Applying to Colleges

Mahima Varanasi College Applications, essays, Mahima, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

I know the picture above seems irrelevant, but it’s one of the photos I took the day I found out I had been accepted to USC. More about that story later. Moving on. It’s that time of year – application season. Or app szn as the kids say. (Is that what they say? I don’t know anymore.) If you’re applying …

Application Szn ~ College and Grad School Essay Tips

Madelyn Douglas College Applications, Life After Graduation, Madelyn, Professional & Academic, Study Leave a Comment

It was the start of Senior year, on a brisk August evening. I gulped in a deep breath of fresh air, and smiled at the colorfully polluted sky, carefree! Senior year of college. Finally free, ready to have a fun, responsibility-free semester—wait a second. OH, right, I decided to apply to grad school *cue reality check.* Dramatic introductions aside, applying …

Saturdays are for the Conference

Jacob Toney Chemical, Free Time, Involvement, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Research, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Once upon time in Orlando, Florida, a group of chemical engineers congregated to spread knowledge, socialize, and celebrate the joy that is being a chemical engineer. It’s a magical experience that this year, fittingly, took place next to the Magic Kingdom. All joking aside, the conference was tons of fun. This was my first time attending the national AIChE Student …

Viterbi Summer Overseas: Paris!

Mark Parent Abroad, Civil and Environmental, Involvement, Major, Mark, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

This past summer, I had the amazing opportunity to go on Viterbi Summer Overseas and spend 7 weeks studying in Paris, France. This program takes about 40 students every year to a different country in Europe and is open to all engineering majors. On the contrary to traditional study abroad, going abroad with the Viterbi Overseas program is a lot …

A SWEet Conference

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Internship, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Students, Study, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering, Work Leave a Comment

It’s conference season! From SHPE to AIChE, engineering students are leaving campus to attend national conferences featuring workshops, award ceremonies, and career fairs. Last week was the Society of Women Engineers’ (SWE) turn, and the national conference was held in Anaheim, California, boasting over 16,000 attendees, a gigantic career fair, and hundreds of workshops, all jam packed within the three …

Fall Break, It’s About Time!

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This year was the first year USC had a fall break, and, oh my, was it ever needed. It can be very difficult to start school in August and go until Thanksgiving. With an added break in the middle of October (Thursday and Friday off), I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Some went camping, some went to Malibu, …