AthenaHacks! An Interview With One of the Founders

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Female empowerment. I’m so here for it. Female empowerment in tech… IM SO HERE FOR IT. A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to attend AthenaHacks, Southern California’s FIRST and ONLY all female Hackathon created for women by women (and USC women nonetheless!). Ladies from universities all across So-Cal came to USC for 2-Days filled with hacking, innovation, …

Sprang Break in Rosarito!

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Ballin on a budget is my college motto. While many college students go the typical Cancun or Cabo route (#basic), the way my bank account is set up… I had to get creative. This year my friends and I, affectionately known as the Junkyard, reserved an AirBNB and took a road trip to Rosarito Mexico. Rosarito is a small touristy …

The Tale of the Shipwreck’s Hike

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Hiking in LA is usually reduced to the Hollywood sign. While you must go at least once during your time at SC, those who know LA know that the Hollywood hike is hashtag basic. Recently, I ventured out of the cozy USC campus and headed to the beaches of Palos Verdes. My friend who is a Viterbi grad student at …

Viterbi Ball 2K17!

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Engineering week, or E-week for short, is one week out of the year where Viterbi students come together to celebrate everything Viterbi and engineering. The week is put on by KIUEL (Klein Institute for Undergraduate Engineering Life) in coordination with various Viterbi orgs. E-week start out off with the kick-off carnival (aka FREE FOOD), and has events throughout the week …

LA is for Sports Lovers

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Without a doubt, USC is known for some stellar athletic programs. Shoutout to the football team for the Rosebowl win! Getting together with friends and going to a basketball, volleyball, baseball, [insert sport of choice] is always a fun time. But, LA is a big city and this big city has a lot of professional sports team. Including the new …

Hidden Figures

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It’s no secret that minorities are underrepresented in STEM fields, and as a black female it’s not often that I look around a classroom and see anyone else who looks like me. I was shocked and left in awe this past semester when I stumbled across this movie trailer on Facebook. If you didn’t catch the trailer, Hidden Figures tells …

Gotta Blast! AME 309 Water Bottle Rocket Design Project

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Group projects are often dreadful. It can be hard to coordinate with everyone’s busy schedule, procure materials, and evenly divide the workload. Fortunately, my recent class project in AME 309: Dynamics of Fluids did not come with the typical group project headaches. Our assignment was to create a water bottle rocket. Yeah like the one kids make, except this time …

Junior Year… Here I come

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  Now that summer’s over and school has begun *crying emoji* , I thought I’d share the top five things I’m looking forward to this upcoming school year. 1.New Crib My first two years of college, I lived in both on and off campus university housing (Marks Hall and Century Apartments). The thing I love about USC housing is that …

Day In the Life of a Microsoft Intern

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If I could capture the essence of this summer, it would be something like this: That ladies and gentlemen, is Microsoft’s ex CEO Steve Ballmer (the new CEO Satya Nadella is just as cool BTW). And that energy and enthusiasm, has left a lasting impression at Microsoft. Needless to say, interning for Microsoft is HYPE. I can’t even begin to …

We All Scream for Ice-Cream!

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LA is warm, sunny, and absolutely perfect for the ice-cream lover. With ice-cream shops sprawling all over the city, you’ll have no problem satisfying that sweet tooth. Everyone’s Favorite: Milk Milk is consistently suggested as one of the best ice-cream shops in LA. Milk boasts a wide array of full-sized macaroon ice-cream sandwiches and ice-cream bars, in addition to the …

Study Break! Attending NSBE 42nd Annual Convention

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Viterbi organizations are great because they can provide an opportunity for you to connect with people from your major, gain real-life design engineering experience, meet with industry professionals, and even travel across the country. Yes travel! This year I had the opportunity to travel to Boston alongside 38 other USC National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) members and attend the …

A Mile High Summer: Summer After Freshman Year

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The summer after my freshman year I was lucky enough intern for Visa, in Denver, CO, the Mile High City. It was a summer filled with new friends, great mentors, interesting projects, and SO MUCH FUN! At the end of May, I found myself in a live data center learning how complex mechanical systems maintain the environment of a data …