Summer Abroad: Madrid, Spain

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¡Hola chicos! I just got back from the Viterbi Overseas Program, a wonderful program that takes us USC engineers abroad to take classes towards our major while enjoying a sizzling Spanish paella or walking through the narrow streets of La Latina. Basically, I just spent the last seven weeks abroad and miss it terribly, so bear with me while I …

Summer ’16

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School’s out! It’s amazing to think that my time at USC is more than half over, graduation for seniors is happening tomorrow, and I’m gearing up for another summer! While it’s a little bitter sweet to be leaving USC and Los Angeles for the summer, I’m really excited for what’s in store. First, I’m returning home to visit friends and …

USC by Accident, Trojan by Choice

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Hi folks!  When you finally settle on a college, everyone will undoubtably ask you why you chose your school. When I first was accepted to USC, I didn’t have an answer to this question. Slowly but surely, however, USC won me over and I could not be happier to be a Trojan. I was not a Trojan fan from the start. …

Life’s A Mountain… So Take the Climb!

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Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a wonderful day wherever you are – This past week I had the opportunity to visit Indonesia as my second to last trip in Southeast Asia. It was an unbelievable experience seeing Bali, Lombok, Mount Rinjani, and Gili Air Island. Selamat Datang di Indonesia! (Welcome to Indonesia! in Bahasa) BALI  ISLAND We arrived …

The Philippines Dichotomy: Crystal Waters and Filthy Slums

Madelina-2016 Abroad, Free Time, Madelina, Research, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

Maligayang pagdating sa Pilipinas! (Welcome to the Philippines! in Filipino/Tagolog) Our trip to the Philippines was one of the most physically and emotionally exhausting in many ways. Not only did we spend way too many hours on cramped ferries traveling to distant islands, but we also saw some of the starkest and most brutal poverty in Southeast Asia. When looking …

I Spy an Elephant…. Finally!

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Hi everyone! As promised again, here is my blog about my short trip to Laos – and its probably the most fun one so far! I finally got to see (and ride no less) an elephant, which justifies the plethora of elephant print clothing sold everywhere here. ຍິນດີຕ້ອນຮັບ ລາວ ! (Welcome to Laos! in Lao) Of course, the one time we …

Busy Busy Bangkok … Southeast Asia’s Central Hub

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Hello Everyone! As promised here is my blog about my layover in Bangkok! It was a short trip, but jam packed with lots of neat experiences. ยินดีต้อนรับสู่ประเทศไทย! (Welcome to Thailand! in Thai) We descended over the city into brown smoke. There is no sky in Bangkok, only pollution and smoke and dust. It was almost painful to see our plane …

Myanmar – The Land of Pagodas and Smiling Children

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Hello everyone! This past week I had the amazing opportunity to travel to several countries, which I will be posting about soon. The first, and the place where I spent the most time, was Myanmar. Read on if you’d like to hear a little more about this amazing experience. *** Also as an important note – an interesting engineering project …

My Favorites 8,769 Miles Apart

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Hi everyone! This week I’ll be sharing with you all about some of my favorite USC traditions from home as well as some of my new favorite Singapore traditions here at NUS. They might be 8,769 miles apart, but it’s neat to see how people celebrate with the same school spirit in both places! USC Game Days At USC, there is …

Best Classes, Reflections from a Senior BME Student

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Hey guys,   I wanted to write a bit this week about the best classes that I have taken over the last four years here at USC. It’s becoming increasingly weird to think that within the next ten weeks, my undergraduate studies and experiences will come to a close (I do plan on getting an MBA sometime after working in …

The Dust that Never Settles and the Fire that Always Burns

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Cambodia is a country of dirt streets and motorcycles and sandals and burning trash and dust-filled skies and houses made of wood and hammocks hung from Bamboo trees and chickens and leaves painted the rustic red-brown of volcanic clay. After decades of conquest – raided by Thailand and Vietnam, inhabited as a colony by the French, and bombed by the …

Abroad in AustrALLYa!!

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So I just finished up 6 months in Melbourne and absolutely fell in love with Australia. Everyone was so welcoming and studying internationally was an amazing cultural experience and I really think I grew a lot as a person. I studied abroad by directly enrolling in the University of Melbourne so I was completely immersed and was usually the only non-Australian …

Viterbi Overseas: 7 Weeks, 5 Countries

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Hey everyone! I’m currently writing this blog from a train going to Berlin, Germany! This summer I jumped over the pond and landed in London, England to embark on Viterbi Overseas summer program. Viterbi Overseas is a summer abroad program offered exclusively to Viterbi students where you can take engineering classes abroad. I made so many incredible new friends on this trip (shout out …