Long Weekends in College: My Social Life as an Engineering Student

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Best of LA, Design Teams, Food, Free Time, Rachel, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

As an engineering student in the midst of midterm season, you’d think I’m spending every night in the library. But over the three day weekend I had the opportunity to get out a lot (in between studying of course). I’m a member of the structural avionics team for USC’s Rocket Propulsion Lab. I started the weekend working with my team …

Choosing a Direction: Making Major Decisions for Your College Life

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Free Time, Internship, Professional & Academic, Rachel, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Getting admitted to college can be both exciting and terrifying. Having to commit to a school, city, major, or activity can be super overwhelming. I remember feeling an extreme pressure to specify in February of my senior year, and even more so after coming to campus and trying to find my niche. With the wisdom I have obtained over the …

New Semester, New Study Spaces

Audrey Roberts Aerospace and Mechanical, Major, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

By the end of the last finals week, I found that I had spent a little ~too~ much time in RTH (Ronald Tutor Hall, the hub of Viterbi). I had everything from class to lab work to meetings in this building, and I frequented RTH Café as my study space. While there are many redeeming qualities of RTH, I decided …

New Semester, New Opportunities

Miles Kay Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Free Time, Hikes, Involvement, Major, Miles, Service, Social & Diversity, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

This semester definitely got off to a fast start! As I write this, I’m in the midst of preparations for two midterms and am writing my first Thematic Option paper of the semester. My classes this semester are all extremely interesting, I’m taking my first two Mechanical Engineering classes (statics and thermodynamics), along with differential equations, a course on French …

Let’s Get This Bread (Starting This Semester Right)

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Free Time, Internship, Involvement, Rachel, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

Spring semester is off to a great start! I can’t believe my last year of college will be coming up so soon! This semester, I am taking three engineering classes and two theatre classes that will go towards my Dramatic Arts minor. After last semester, I am so excited to get a bit of a break from all of my …

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 …

Winter Break Rocks

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Right after finals last semester, I  jet-setted off to Utah where I got to visit two national parks! I had never been to Utah before, and I’ve wanted to visit for as long as I can remember . I even let my boyfriend/personal photographer tag along! (He also studies mechanical engineering at USC…both beauty and brains, folks!) Our first day …

What I’m Thankful For: Wrapping Up 1st Semester Junior Year

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With this semester coming to a close, I have a lot to be thankful for so I decided to take some time to reflect on my junior year so far. Here’s a list of just some of the things I’m particularly thankful for this year. 1. Oppertunities: I am so thankful for all of the oppertunities that I have had …

My Semester in Review

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The year has flown by, and I can’t believe we only have one more week of classes left. This semester has been busy, exciting, fun, and undoubtedly the most challenging semester I have had yet USC. The reality is, of course, that engineering majors are difficult and time consuming (for most at least). Add research, work, and a few extracurriculars …

Four Score and 14 Weeks Ago: My Semester Reflection

Steven Douglass Aerospace and Mechanical, Athletics, Dorm, Free Time, Home Life, Housing, Research, Social & Diversity, Sports, Steven, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I am convinced that I am still in the month of August. What a whirlwind of a semester! There were so many amazing moments and a couple not so awesome moments, but overall I, once again, had the time of my life. Highlights: My housing situation for this year has been so amazing and better than I could have ever …

Why USC was Right For Me

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Deciding where to go to college can be tough. There are so many factors that must be considered in this process and it can be pretty overwhelming trying to figure out where to start.  So here’s my story and some of the factors I considered which led me to USC! Major: I had actually applied to USC as an architecture …

Midterm Madness

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As a college student, I spend a large amount of time taking and preparing for midterm exams. Although there’s no way to make taking midterms enjoyable, I have a few tips for taking and preparing for exams a bit less stressful. I know it can be easy to fall prey to procrastination; however, I would recommend beginning to think about …

USC, Aha! My Decision to Come to USC

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As I was visiting multiple colleges in my junior and senior year of high school, I always heard people talking about the “aha moment”: the moment you have when you know where you are gonna spend the next four years of your life. No matter where I went, I was always searching for that moment, willing it to happen. However, …

Conquering the Common App: what to do NOW to prep for college applications

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Even though it has been three years since I filled out my college applications as a senior in high school, I vividly remember all of the stress and hard work that goes into applying to college.  There’s so much to do before you can start applying to universities so if you’re trying to figure out exactly where to start keep …

Staying Balanced by Taking Weight Training!

Celeste Goodwin Aerospace and Mechanical, Athletics, Celeste, Music, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

We’re back on campus and it’s already week 5, ah!! It’s my junior year and it’s been a busy one so far, but it’s soooo great. The photo above shows when I took a little time off by seeing John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl! Here, I wanted to describe a bit of what’s going on with me and my …

Back to school? Back to the grind!!!

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After an exciting summer of interning and catching up with all my friends from back home, I had a yearning for my home away from home. I missed all the late night chats with friends, spontaneous adventures to get random food at places I’ve never heard of, rallying for the Trojans on gameday, etc, etc, etc… This year, I’m living …

Back in the US and Back at USC

Audrey Roberts Aerospace and Mechanical, Audrey, Professional & Academic, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

We are just finishing up the fourth week of school, and I can confidently say that summer has reached its end. I had a busy summer travelling around Europe, studying in Florence with Viterbi, and finally meeting my friends in Chicago to attend Lollapalooza. This was exhausting, challenging, and the most fun I could have ever had. While my whirlwind …

Bark to School

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Going away to college can be tough (especially when school is 2,090 miles away from home), but the hardest part is always saying bye to my hairy angel, Max.  Max is my 9-year-old cavalier king charles and the light of my life. Here are some tips to help make going away to college and leaving your furry friends a bit …

My Two Research Projects

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Towards the end of this past summer, I joined two different research lab projects. Both projects have me working in the same location but are completely unrelated to each other. First, I will describe the process I went through to receive these opportunities then, I will delve into what each project consists of. One of the most important parts of …