Five Things to Do During Finals that Aren’t Studying

Madelyn Douglas Best of LA, Food, Free Time, Home Life, Madelyn, Music, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

It’s the most wonderful ~stressful~ time of the year… finals can be intense, especially if you stay locked up in your room for 14 hours a day without seeing sunlight (been there, done that, don’t do it). Remember, diamonds are made under pressure, and sometimes your best studying and work can get done in between breaks of fun, stress-relieving activities! …

Can Christmas Happen in College?

Natalie Kistler Best of LA, Biomedical, Free Time, Natalie K Leave a Comment

After Thanksgiving, Christmas hits campus in a flurry as students scramble to fit a whole month of holiday cheer into the final 2 weeks of school. Trying to find the holiday spirit amidst the whirlwind of papers, projects, and finals can be difficult, especially considering that the 70 degree “Cali weather” in December doesn’t exactly signal Santa’s coming like it …

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

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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 …

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 …

Study Spots around USC, Ranked

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Read on for a (personal) ranking of some study spots around campus! 5) SAL Notes: Also known as the Salvatori Computer Science building, SAL houses CS labs and office hours for undergraduate course producers and generally a lot of CS students as they work through assignments. Pros: Easy access to CS help if you need it—my course producers hold office …

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 …

My First Research – Work Outside Viterbi

Paul Lepe Computer Science, Involvement, Paul, Research, Uncategorized, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Coming into USC my mind was set on one thing, to do good enough in my engineering classes and gain enough experience to get an internship as soon as possible. As a first-semester freshman, I was not able to see further than what I was taught in high school, that internships are the only way to gain real experience. Over …

My Ultimate Roadmap to Hosting Your Parents

Natalie Kistler Best of LA, Biomedical, Campus Events, Natalie K, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

One of the most anticipated weekends of the year, Family Weekend, has come and gone. Whether your family stayed home, your parents came, or you were visited by your parents, siblings, and a distant relative, the electric buzz on campus is fun for all. Although many students eagerly look forward to this weekend, there is also a bit of stress …

The REAL Guide to LA Study Cafés

Madelyn Douglas Best of LA, Food, Free Time, Madelyn, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

If you are a yelp maniac like me, then you may have spent more than a few wasted hours looking at “top 10 study cafes near you” and many, many, many similarly titled pages. Sadly, the automated selection of popular LA cafes just isn’t sufficient for a college student seeking various criteria for a great study café (open until 2am? …

Knowing USC… Forwards AND Backwards

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Let’s all admit it: one of the most powerful draws to a college campus is the campus tour. It is a massive swaying point in many people’s college decisions, and USC capitalizes on that fact by making tour guides the best they possibly can be. That’s why I’m here, and that’s why I applied to be a Student Ambassador for …

My First Fall Break at USC

Mark Parent Beach, Civil and Environmental, Free Time, Home Life, Involvement, Major, Mark, Spring Break, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

This year, USC decided to implement fall break like many other universities on the east coast to give students a well-deserved break from schoolwork. This allows students time to relax and take their mind off of school in the middle of the semester. The Engemann Student Health Center had taken data from prior years which showed a need for a …

BMES Conference 2019

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Dominie, Free Time, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

For fall break, I attended the annual Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) conference in Philadelphia! Students and researchers from universities across the nation were there to present research and learn about the latest advancements in the field of biomedical engineering. I was there to represent the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering, a student-run organization that serves the specific needs of the …

Building Science Studio Final Project (Junior Year)

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Civil and Environmental, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

One of my favorite classes so far has been my junior year Building Science Studio. For one year, we had to ability to develop and produce our own project. The only instructions were: design a school. Everything else was up to us! Naturally, everyone starts to focus on their own interests. There is only 7 people in the class but …