A Definitive Ranking of the Easiest to Hardest STEM Classes I’ve Taken So Far

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Ok so let me preface this list with a few important notes: Without further ado, here’s my list:   PHYS-151 : Fundamentals of Physics I  This class was basically like AP Physics 1 from high school. Since I was a big phyics nerd in high school I was more than prepared for this class.  MATH-245: Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I Or …

Long Weekends in College: My Social Life as an Engineering Student

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As an engineering student in the midst of midterm season, you’d think I’m spending every night in the library. But over the three day weekend I had the opportunity to get out a lot (in between studying of course). I’m a member of the structural avionics team for USC’s Rocket Propulsion Lab. I started the weekend working with my team …

Choosing a Direction: Making Major Decisions for Your College Life

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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 …

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

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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 …

Winter Break Rocks

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Right after finals last semester, I  jet-setted off to Utah where I got to visit two national parks! I had never been to Utah before, and I’ve wanted to visit for as long as I can remember . I even let my boyfriend/personal photographer tag along! (He also studies mechanical engineering at USC…both beauty and brains, folks!) Our first day …

What I’m Thankful For: Wrapping Up 1st Semester Junior Year

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With this semester coming to a close, I have a lot to be thankful for so I decided to take some time to reflect on my junior year so far. Here’s a list of just some of the things I’m particularly thankful for this year. 1. Oppertunities: I am so thankful for all of the oppertunities that I have had …

Why I Switched My Major

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I originally applied and was admitted to USC as an architecture major. Even though I had taken architecture coursework in high school, I was unsure of what being an architect truly involved. As an architecture major, I learned how to use 3D modeling software, took multiple design courses, and spent countless hours making museum-board models in studio with all 70 …

Why USC was Right For Me

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Deciding where to go to college can be tough. There are so many factors that must be considered in this process and it can be pretty overwhelming trying to figure out where to start.  So here’s my story and some of the factors I considered which led me to USC! Major: I had actually applied to USC as an architecture …

Midterm Madness

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As a college student, I spend a large amount of time taking and preparing for midterm exams. Although there’s no way to make taking midterms enjoyable, I have a few tips for taking and preparing for exams a bit less stressful. I know it can be easy to fall prey to procrastination; however, I would recommend beginning to think about …

Conquering the Common App: what to do NOW to prep for college applications

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Even though it has been three years since I filled out my college applications as a senior in high school, I vividly remember all of the stress and hard work that goes into applying to college.  There’s so much to do before you can start applying to universities so if you’re trying to figure out exactly where to start keep …

Bark to School

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Going away to college can be tough (especially when school is 2,090 miles away from home), but the hardest part is always saying bye to my hairy angel, Max.  Max is my 9-year-old cavalier king charles and the light of my life. Here are some tips to help make going away to college and leaving your furry friends a bit …

Why the Viterbi Summer Abroad Program is What Dreams Are Made Of

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The view down the street from my apartment This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Florence, Italy as a part of the Viterbi Summer Abroad program. Even though I didn’t end up becoming an Italian popstar, I definitely still had the summer of a lifetime. Abroad, I made tons new friends, traveled to places I never had even …

It takes a Village (and other reasons to live in USC Housing)

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When I was a freshman at USC, I lived in Birnkrant Residential College (the honors dorm back when the USC Village was just a twinkle in Max Nikias’ eye). Despite the infamous the lack of air conditioning and communal bathrooms, Birnkrant was one of the best parts of my entire college experience. Birnkrant floor six (affectionately known as BK6) was …

To Minor or Not to Minor, That is the Question

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One of the reasons I chose to come to USC was for the opportunity to pursue multiple majors and minors and take a wide range of classes within the diverse schools and programs at USC. I have been incredibly involved in theatre all of my life, and I hoped to continue pursuing my passion for the dramatic arts throughout my …

It’s all Greek to Me (Professional Fraternities)

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With over 25% of students involved with sororities and fraternities, USC is known as a big Greek Life school. Hundreds of students enjoy rushing these organizations in the fall and spring, but if you’ve seen the cinematic masterpiece Sydney White (starring Amanda Bynes) and don’t think Greek Life is for you, I’ve got some good news. USC has an incredibly …