Solo Travel and Backpacking Southeast Asia

Miranda Jernberg Abroad, Chemical, Free Time, Miranda, Study, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

When my semester in Australia ended it was nearly July. I had watched all of my USC classmates get out of school a month earlier and was ready for summertime fun.I decided to take a solo backpacking trip through various countries in Southeast Asia. I was planning on travelling for four weeks with nothing but my backpack to places I …

Halfway Through my Semester Overseas

Miranda Jernberg Abroad, Chemical, Miranda, Spring Break, Study Leave a Comment

Even though the academic year at USC is nearly over, I just hit mid-semester break at the University of Queensland. I thought I would take this break to reflect on my semester so far and talk about my favorite courses at UQ! I’m taking a course for abroad students called MARS2005: Australia’s Marine Environment. It is focused on Australia’s marine …

Preparing to Go Abroad!

Miranda Jernberg Abroad, Chemical, Miranda, Study Leave a Comment

My semester abroad begins this February! I can’t believe that starting this process in September would lead me overseas just a few months later. This all started when I received an email that said, “Enjoy 300+ days of sunshine a year in Australia!”. The photos linked in the message were of the University of Queensland located in Brisbane, Australia. It …

Spring Sophomore Szn

Steven Douglass Abroad, Aerospace and Mechanical, Athletics, Free Time, Major, Research, Sports, Steven, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

As the beginning of the end of my sophomore year gets under way, I have so much to look forward to in all aspects of my college life. I am going to split this up into three categories: classes, extra stuff, and what is beyond the end of this semester. AME 231 Mechanical Behavior of Materials: I am learning about …

A Study Break in Europe

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Being a student doesn’t always afford the most free time, even during times considered breaks. Many students choose to spend their sunshine-filled summers taking extra classes, doing research, or going away for internships. That’s why this winter break, I decided to seize the opportunity to broaden my global horizons by planning my first ever trip to Europe! In total I …

Reflecting on Senior Year Fall!

Rhea Choudhury Abroad, Beach, Best of LA, Free Time, Hikes, Involvement, Music, Rhea, Service, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Hey guys! Thanksgiving break has been soo good to me. I truly needed a refresher from the routine of school, it was honestly wearing me down a lot. While this semester has been incredibly fun and memorable, senior year has come with its fair share of existential crises, really tough classes, constant caffeination, and many late nights. That being said, …

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

Rachel Glait Abroad, Aerospace and Mechanical, Rachel, Uncategorized, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

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 …

My Viterbi Summer Abroad

Audrey Roberts Abroad, Audrey, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

For seven weeks this summer, I was lucky enough to be one of about 40 students in the Viterbi Summer Abroad program, which takes a handful of USC students and professors to a city in Europe. This year, it was held in Florence, Italy, where we took classes and engaged in relevant cultural experiences. As usual, four classes were offered: …

USC iPodia: A “classroom without borders”

Rhea Choudhury Abroad, Rhea, Study, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

Hi guys! Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season so far!! I can’t believe it’s already (basically) December, this semester went by so fast. I absolutely love Christmas, so you know I’ve been blasting Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey for the last few weeks straight (also fun fact, Sia dropped a Christmas album?! wHAT?!). LA has a lot of …

My Winter Break Plans

Siena Applebaum Abroad, Free Time, Siena, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs

Hey guys, exciting life update: I just found out that this winter break I officially will be traveling to Israel for 10 days with USC Hillel through Birthright! I had heard about Birthright at the beginning of my freshman year at USC and immediately decided that at some point in my 4 years here I had to participate. A couple …

Volunteers Around the World

Timothy Marino Abroad, Chemical, Service, Tim

I’d like to use my blog this week to talk about a really cool organization I’ve been part of since my first semester at USC – Volunteers Around the World (VAW). VAW is an international humanitarian institution devoted to improving the standard of living for those who live in some of the most poverty-stricken communities across the globe. With its …

Networking (with your Friends!)

Bria Abroad, Bria, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

One thing I’ve learned since being in college is that while networking with corporate representatives is important, making connections with your peers and the people you work with in school is crucial. The Trojan Family is definitely a real thing and I’ve encountered Trojan alums throughout the recruiting process (and in all 3 of my internships). Daisy!! Besides the value …

Studying Abroad is Expensive and Inapplicable, right? Wrong!

Daniel Donchev Abroad, Biomedical, Daniel, Major, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

If you’ve stumbled upon my other blog, titled “The Five Staples of Rome,” you would know that this past summer was a whirlwind of highlights I will look back fondly upon for the rest of my life. But you’re probably thinking that this unbelievable experience came at a huge cost that forced me to drain my savings and take out …

My classmates are all over the world: USC iPodia!

Jose Hernandez Abroad, Industrial and Systems, Jose, Viterbi Class

From surfing and yoga, to improv, to ballroom dancing, USC has a lot of really cool classes. But one of my favorite classes this semester is one that is truly unique. It’s called iPodia! What exactly is iPodia, you ask? Well, its a class at USC called Principles and Practices of Global Innovation, but that’s not all. It’s actually part …

A Day in my (Italian) Summer

Rhea Choudhury Abroad, Siena, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

Hey guys!! Spring semester ended about 10 weeks ago, but summer has already been absolutely crazy!! As some of you may know, I was lucky enough to spend the last eight weeks abroad, taking classes through the Viterbi Overseas Program. A friend and I flew in early and traveled around London and Amsterdam, then we proceeded to spend the next seven weeks …

Bamboo Research in China!

Camila Salomon Gnecco Abroad, Camila, Civil and Environmental, Research, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Wow. Okay, this one is going to be hard to write. I feel like I could write a blog post about each individual day I spent in China, but hopefully I can sum up my trip in this one. This summer I got the pleasure of going to China to study bamboo as a structural and design material. This opportunity was thanks …

My 10 Favorite Memories from Rome

Siena Applebaum Abroad, Siena, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

Yesterday was my last day studying abroad in Rome with the Viterbi Overseas Program. The program has flown by far too fast but I’ve had an incredible past 7 weeks experiencing new cultures, making amazing friends, taking classes for my major and eating excessive amounts of pizza.   This has been a summer of so many wonderful memories, and here are just …