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 …

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?

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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 …

Where should I study???

Loic Alini Aerospace and Mechanical, Loic, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Now that I have been a college student for nearly two years, I think I have a solid understanding of the pros and cons of different study spaces. As an engineering student, a lot of time is spent with our noses down wrestling with tough concepts and long assignments. Early on, I was spending a lot of time in the …

A Freshman Reflection

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I cannot believe my second year as a USC student has finally begun! Although I’ve nearly completed 41 units, 12 classes, and over ¼ of my undergraduate career, it feels like it’s gone by in the blink of an eye. The purpose of this blog post is not to tell you step-by-step about my experience as a student last year. …

A Summer to ReMEMber: Microelectronics, Drones, and Surfing

Miles Kay Aerospace and Mechanical, Beach, Best of LA, Hikes, Internship, Miles, Viterbi Summer, Work Leave a Comment

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and I think that’s exactly why this summer came and went to quickly! It’s hard to believe that in less than a week I’ll be starting my junior year (*screams because college is going too quickly*). This was an incredible summer, and I’m really excited to share what I was up to …

Summer in Seattle

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This summer, I had the pleasure of interning at Microsoft. While many of you may think of Microsoft as a software company, they have an entire group dedicated to hardware called Microsoft Devices. Microsoft Devices has mechanical engineers working on anything from the design of Surface products to the testing of HoloLens. I worked as a Devices Program Management Intern …

Employed Girl Summer 2019

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Beach, Free Time, Internship, Life After Graduation, Rachel, Viterbi Summer, Work Leave a Comment

This summer was one of the most enjoyable (and shortest) summers of my life! After wrapping up finals in May, I flew out to Nashville for my sister’s graduation from Vanderbilt University and got to spend some much needed time with family (and most importantly, my dog). After about a week of playing with my dog, I flew back out to …

A ‘Final’ Reflection (Get it!!!)

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As the semester is wrapping up, it’s time to tie up loose ends and reflect on the semester! This semester has felt like a whirlwind. I started off the semester dropping Writing 340 because I had felt that I signed up for a section/topic that was way too challenging for me. The classes theme was Global Economics. I intentionally signed …

Two Years Later: Reflecting on Why I Chose USC

Miles Kay Aerospace and Mechanical, Best of LA, Campus Events, Free Time, Hikes, Major, Miles, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

It blows my mind that a little over two years ago I decided that I’d be attending USC. The last two years have gone incredibly fast; it’s crazy (and a bit scary) that I’m already halfway done with college. This year has been even better than my freshman year, and as I reflect on that decision I made two years …

USC is the Place for Me: My Decision

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The question most prospective students have for me: why did I choose USC? What it really boils down to is three concepts. Number 1: There are multiple aspects of opportunity that I will dive into. First, a huge part of my college search involved planning for my future beyond my education. I wanted to know that when I graduated, I …

Why USC & Why You Should Listen to our Latest Podcast

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Last Monday, the Viterbi Voices podcast released our newest series: Engineering Impact, which focuses on groups and people in Viterbi applying engineering for social good. In the first episode, I spoke with several students from CAIS++, USC’s Center for Artificial Intelligence in Society’s Student Branch, which is an undergraduate group on campus developing AI applications for social good. Lucas and …

A Definitive Ranking of the Easiest to Hardest STEM Classes I’ve Taken So Far

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Ok so let me preface this list with a few important notes: Without further ado, here’s my list: PHYS-151 : Fundamentals of Physics I  This class was basically like AP Physics 1 from high school. Since I was a big physics nerd in high school I was more than prepared for this class. MATH-245: Mathematics of Physics and Engineering I Or otherwise …

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

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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

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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

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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 …