Lessons from the Year

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Hey guys, happy 2018! I hope you all got to celebrate 🙂 In light of a new year, I thought it might be cool to make a quick post about some of the 5 most important things I’ve learned in 2017. You’ve heard this before, as have I, but it’s something that was very true and very helpful for me to …

Finally Going Home!

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Finals are done and I’m finally getting chance to go home an extended time for the first time in a really long time! I have almost 4 weeks at home. That’s four weeks of my favorite people, home-cooked meals, and the best ice cream ever. Winters in California aren’t really what you expect for a normal winter, with snow and …

It’s that time again…

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…finals season! This is sort of the critical point in the semester, now that you’re done with midterms and you’ve learned all the material, most classes have a final exam, which can range anywhere from 10-45 percent of your final grade, sometimes even more, depending on the professor and subject. So that means these can make or break your grades…no …

GEs at USC

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Hey guys! One of the common misconceptions I’ve heard about college is that GE – general ed courses – are the worst classes you’ll take. The point is to take classes that are not in your field of study, which to me, aligns really well with Viterbi’s “Engineering Plus” catchphrase. If you’ve read my other blog posts, you’ll probably know …

Grace Hopper Celebration

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Earlier this month, I went to the Grace Hopper Celebration in Orlando, Florida. GHC is a conference for women in computer science fields to connect with other women who are doing exciting, innovative, and inspiring things with computer science. I was lucky to be sponsored by Qualcomm. The conference was three days long, and they were all incredibly busy! The …

Housing after Freshman Year

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Freshman year housing is such a unique experience – it’s where I met some of my best and closest friends, and the people that I lived with last year and this year. Two years ago, I lived in Birnkrant Residential Hall, which was the honors college (now, that’s McCarthy). You can read all about the perks of dorm vs. suite …

I Scream, You Scream

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Living and going to school in LA means that there are a lot of exciting things to see around you. You’ve got concerts, great beaches, the best weather, and most importantly: lots of ice cream. In two years at SC, I’ve spent way more than my fair share on ice cream, and tried more ice cream shops than ever before. …

Freshman Again?

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School (SChool?!?) is coming up in 2 weeks and I’ve been feeling half-sad that summer is almost over, and half-excited to go back and see all my friends. That said, I remember this time two years ago at this time, I was so incredibly excited. I was texting my roommate Brooke every day, talking about all the different things we …

A Summer That’s Out of This World

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Hey everyone! For the past two months, I’ve been keeping busy are in Los Angeles with being an intern and seeing more of the city. Currently, I’m an intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where I’m working on developing software for embedded devices. JPL is a really cool place to intern – there’s a huge focus on the learning process, …

For Every Scene Kid

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Last night my freshman year roommate and I went to see Simple Plan (that’s the same “I’m Just a Kid” Simple Plan you’re probably thinking of) at the Wiltern, and it was AMAZING. One of the reasons my roommate and I chose to live together last year via a roommate search Facebook page was because of how similar our music …

A Few of My Favorite Things

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..Ramen, boba, and good company. After a long week of midterms and papers (yes, engineers write papers!) it’s always fun to meet up with friends, especially ones you haven’t seen in a while. One of the things my friends and I like to do is get ramen, and one of our favorite places to go is Shin-Sen-Gumi, a pretty popular …

Spring Break

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This break, I spent the first weekend near Lake Tahoe with a bunch of my friends. We spent three days road tripping up from LA, hiking, watching scary movies, and just hanging out. Spring break comes right in the middle of the semester, so it’s a really nice break to have before  or in the middle of midterms. I also went home …

Weight Training

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On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I wake up to go to none other than my weight training class! It”s a two-unit course that I get to take, in the PE department, even as an engineer. Honestly, one of the reasons I decided to take it was to force myself to work out, at least twice a week. Just five weeks in, …

Rah Rah Theta Tau!

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The last few weeks have been really hectic with starting school, getting acclimated to a new semester, and recruitment for the organizations I’m in. One of these orgs is a professional engineering fraternity, Theta Tau. Theta Tau isn’t what most people think of when the words “fraternity” or “greek life” come to your mind; the focus is a little more …

My Major! All About Computer Science

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Computer Science is an incredibly diverse major here at SC; the breadth of organizations related to CS, the majors/minors/emphases you can take, the research projects available is huge! I’m studying Computer Engineering & Computer Science, which is a major offered by the Computer Science department in conjunction with Electrical Engineering. You get an even split of both CS (software engineering …

Spark SC – Student Innovation Hub

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  One of the organizations on campus that I’m involved in is Spark SC. It’s an entrepreneurship organization that aims to connect students in all different disciplines with a common interest in innovation. We do this by hosting events from an ideathon to a startup career fair, bringing together all kinds of students. Spark is really an organization unlike any …

Crunched Cooking

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Plain and simple, I’m a huge foodie. I love trying new food, I love hearing about new food, I love watching people make food, and I love cooking. This year, I’m living in an apartment off campus, and I have a kitchen  I share with my roommates – a definite upgrade from dining halls! An incredibly high number of improv recipe disasters …

Winter Break

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This winter break, for me, has been a nice break from a super hectic semester. I was taking classes to cover all aspects of my major, from software engineering to electrical engineering, physics, and technology entrepreneurship, and worked on putting on two successful events for the organization I’m involved in, Spark SC, which definitely kept me busy! I was able …

Springing into a New Semester

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(Yes, I really did use that pun) As spring semester approaches and 2017 begins, I’m really excited to see what I’ve got in store. This semester, I’ll be taking EE 354 – Introduction to Digital Circuits, CSCI 270 – Introduction to Algorithms and the Theory of Computing, a GE on Broadway, Aural Culture, and Weight Training. I’m excited for another …