Going to College in LA: The Best 5 Things I’ve Done This Semester

Christina Najm Beach, Best of LA, Civil and Environmental, Free Time, Music, Sports, Students, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

The fall semester is halfway over! Midterm season is in full swing, teachers are starting to talk about final projects and papers, and Halloween is almost here! After living at USC and in downtown LA for over two years, I’ve learned a lot about all the exciting things to do off campus to get a break from school. This semester …

Viterbi Summer Institute, APPLY!

Mark Parent Beach, Best of LA, Campus Events, Civil and Environmental, College Applications, Dorm, Food, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Sports, Students, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

The Viterbi Summer Institute is a program put on through the Center for Engineering Diversity that gives minority students the opportunity to get acclimated to the school and the unfamiliar area prior to the start of classes. You basically get to experience college before starting your freshman year, making the transition a lot simpler. A total of 50 students are …

Treat Yourself! My Favorite Ice Cream Spots in LA

Natalie Kistler Best of LA, Biomedical, Food, Free Time, Natalie, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

For most, nothing screams summer like the sweet aroma of a freshly made waffle cone and a fat scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor. Although the cold weather in Kansas City never stopped me from eating ice cream in the middle of winter, luckily in beautiful LA, everyday feels like summer. For an ice cream fanatic like me, the …

USC Has An Island Campus?!

Alexandra Rennie Alex, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Students, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

How many college kids can say that the university they attend has a campus on an island. Well if you go to USC you can! About 26 miles off of the coast of California, Catalina Island houses the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. The mission of this institute is “to encourage responsible and creative decisions in society by providing …

Organizing the Western Regional Conference: An American Institute of Chemical Engineers Event!

Sheetal Madnani Campus Events, Chemical, Professional & Academic Leave a Comment

Last month, I had the incredible opportunity to staff a conference of chemical engineering undergraduates held here at USC, where over 300 students from universities across California, Nevada, and Arizona, gathered here in sunny LA to engage in academic competitions, network professionally, and attend career workshops. This event was organized by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) chapter here …

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My Favorite Productivity Tools!

Lindsay Huang Computer Science, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I can’t believe my freshman year is over! Throughout my first semesters as an engineering student, I’ve definitely learned a lot of lessons—from both good and not-so-good experiences. One of the most crucial takeaways I got from this year is the huge importance of time management. Engineering students are undoubtedly busy. We’re juggling our difficult, technical classes with clubs, sports …

Never Too Late: Finding Your Passion as a College Student

Madelyn Douglas Computer Science, Electrical, Internship, Major, Professional & Academic, Study, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

An alternate title for this article could be “Yes, I Changed My Major Junior Year and Will Graduate on Time”, but I’ll get into that later.  Sometimes it can seem like everyone has it together in college, with their dream job at their dream company and a major taking them along that path.  Well, believe me, many of us start …

An AIChE Breaky Semester

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

Happy Thursday folks! It’s another month, another blog, and another day in the life of a Viterbi student. The days have certainly been getting busier lately, with classes picking up and recruitment season starting, so stay tuned for more updates on that. In the meantime, however, the main event I’ve been looking forward to this semester is attending the annual …

Tips for Roommate Selection: You Won’t Regret Going Random!

Mark Parent Athletics, Beach, Best of LA, Civil and Environmental, Dorm, Food, Free Time, Housing, Involvement, Museums, Social & Diversity, Sports, Students, Study, Suite, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

When I had committed to come to USC, my first challenge was choosing where I was going to live. USC has many different freshman residence halls that is perfect for all types of students. Since I received a merit scholarship from USC, I chose to live in McCarthy Honors College in the brand-new University Village. The next thing I thought …

Staying on Top of Things: Managing Coursework in College

Derek Jones Free Time, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Life at a high-achieving school like USC, not surprisingly, has its ups and downs in terms of stress, time management, and fun. There are days where my workload seems insurmountable, and others where I feel totally in control. If you want to manage all this without making yourself stir-crazy, the key is to minimize these fluctuations. Sometimes it’s a bit …

Coolest Things I’ve Done at USC

Mahima Varanasi Computer Science, Food, Free Time, Mahima, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

I’m really into self-reflection at the moment, so as my first year has wrapped up, I wanted to look back at all of the cool opportunities I’ve had at USC, especially since I never saw myself doing these things as a computer science major in college. If you want to check out all of my Los Angeles adventures, you can …

Bonjour! Oui! Je Suis Paris!

Steven Douglass Abroad, Aerospace and Mechanical, Major, Steven, Study, summer, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

Welcome to my first installment of Study Abroad with Steven. Wow, that’s even more cheesy than anticipated. I just need somewhere to pour all of my amazing study abroad stories without any judgement of how much I talk about Europe and studying abroad.  The point of the cringeworthy alliteration above is that I want to share my experiences that I …

Why Mechanical Engineering?

Nick Bortolon Aerospace and Mechanical, College Applications, Why USC Leave a Comment

If you’ve been on campus, you might have seen me walking backwards in front of a group of families, talking loudly with large hand gestures, including the occasional “Fight On!”. As a tour guide, I have plenty of opportunities to talk about why I chose USC, but not how I knew majoring in mechanical engineering was the right choice for …

A Study Break Across the Pond

Celeste Goodwin Celeste, Entrepreneurship, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

I started this semester strong… by skipping class for two weeks! I’m not just on vacation though! I am in London for the Global Grand Challenges Summit hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering. I have the amazing opportunity to attend the summit because of some work I have been doing with my entrepreneurship team, Marlink. Marlink is composed of …

To Read or Not to Read? The Case for Taking Classes Outside Your Major

Sheetal Madnani Chemical, Free Time, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

This semester, I had the opportunity to take a Liberal Arts Reading Salon class here at USC titled CORE 200, which involved a class-curated reading list that covered an impressive eight works over the course of the semester. Prior to taking this class, I was already enrolled in an 18 unit course load, but my best friend convinced me that …

Unsure about Engineering? Why I Chose to Pursue Computer Science

Lindsay Huang College Applications, Computer Science, Why USC, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Sometimes you encounter people who’ve seemingly known what they’ve wanted to do since birth. Those are also the only people who seem to reply to the “Why did you choose to study computer science?” thread on Quora when you’re desperately looking for clarity about your major at 2am and stress eating hot cheetos. If you can’t already tell, I didn’t …

Storytelling as an Engineer

Madelyn Douglas Campus Events, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

In my opinion, one of the most important—and underrated—parts of engineering is actually storytelling.  Engineered technologies such as social media, cinema, and VR tell powerful stories; moreover, I believe that engineers of any field can greatly benefit from harnessing the power of storytelling to communicate and contemplate ideas about new technologies of all kinds.  For me, USC’s writing education is …