I Will Never Complain about Three-hour Labs Again

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As the last week of classes is underway, I think it’s an apropos time to reflect on this crazy semester. What began as a carefully planned year – MCAT date set for May 16, Edwards Lifesciences internship lined up for the summer – turned out to be the most uncertain and unsettling period of my life. So much for having …

Registering for Classes: Freshman First Semester

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I firmly believe that no matter how many times I have done it, registering for classes is a stressful experience. No scheduling experience is complete without those hours spent meticulously creating the perfect schedule and those next couple of hours spent stressing and watching it slip away as classes fill up or close. Scheduling, like most things in life, is …

Why USC: Celebrating the 2 Year Anniversary of my Acceptance Letter

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Two years ago today, I found out that I got into USC!! Although this was the day it all “began,” my decision was not made the minute I opened that envelope. With my extra time in quarantine, I wanted to share why I made one of the best decisions of my life and ultimately decided to attend USC. Unlike many …

Traveling With My Tastebuds

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Hello from Kansas! One week, lots of emails, and some flight changes later, I am back home in Kansas City! Although the experience of leaving school and returning home has been chaotic, confusing, and disappointing, I am trying to make the best of the whole situation and be optimistic about the rest of the semester! Before I launch back into …

BME + Hudson Clinic Volunteering/Shadowing!!

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Coming into USC wanting to be both a biomedical engineering major and on the pre-med track, I was worried my coursework and involvements would become super one sided. Given the demands of an engineering curriculum, I was concerned that I wouldn’t have time to explore the medical field. While my curriculum and involvements do demand much of my time, I …

ASBME Makeathon: An Experience to Remember

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Every February, the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering, the premier biomedical engineering student organization on campus, hosts an undergraduate medical device design competition called the Makeathon. 12 to 15 teams of four or five students have 30 hours to brainstorm, 3D model, and prototype a device that solves a real-world health challenge. In the past, the challenge has been proposed …

A Love Letter to my SI Leaders

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Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and “love is in the air”. Target in the village is stocked full of candy and it’s hard not to notice a slightly different vibe on campus. It’s only fitting that I harness this energy and write a love letter to someone special, in fact many special people: my SI leaders, aka the people of your …

Why I am BME and Pre-med

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Whenever I tell people that I am both a biomedical engineering and pre-medical student, they look at me like I’m absolutely crazy. Which, maybe I am… The next question I get is why? The answer to this question is extremely nuanced, and before I go into my story, I want to share the different perspectives and profiles of BME/pre-med students …

Home Sweet Mahomes: The Kansas City Chiefs are going to the Super Bowl!!!!

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How ‘bout those Chiefs!  The day I have quite literally been waiting for my entire life is about to come this Sunday.  After fifty years, the Kansas City Chiefs are playing in the Superbowl!!! WOW! There are few things I love more in life than football, especially Chiefs football. In fact, my love for football was a major factor in …

Can Christmas Happen in College?

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After Thanksgiving, Christmas hits campus in a flurry as students scramble to fit a whole month of holiday cheer into the final 2 weeks of school. Trying to find the holiday spirit amidst the whirlwind of papers, projects, and finals can be difficult, especially considering that the 70 degree “Cali weather” in December doesn’t exactly signal Santa’s coming like it …

What I Wish I Knew Before the Internship Search

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As a junior studying biomedical engineering, this fall semester was the first time I embarked on the internship hunt. Last summer, I decided to study abroad in Paris. If you checked out my blog about my Viterbi Overseas experience, you would know that it was one of the best decisions of my life. The summer after my freshman year, I …

My Ultimate Roadmap to Hosting Your Parents

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One of the most anticipated weekends of the year, Family Weekend, has come and gone. Whether your family stayed home, your parents came, or you were visited by your parents, siblings, and a distant relative, the electric buzz on campus is fun for all. Although many students eagerly look forward to this weekend, there is also a bit of stress …

BMES Conference 2019

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For fall break, I attended the annual Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) conference in Philadelphia! Students and researchers from universities across the nation were there to present research and learn about the latest advancements in the field of biomedical engineering. I was there to represent the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering, a student-run organization that serves the specific needs of the …

Treat Yourself! My Favorite Ice Cream Spots in LA

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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 …

3D4E is the Club for Me

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Getting involved. For me, this idea was daunting as I started my freshman year. In college, there is pressure to get involved so that you both have fun and can market yourself well to future employers as an “involved” person. As a freshman, I too felt this pressure to dip my toe into the USC’s vast ocean of possibility so …

Best Summer of My Life: Study Abroad in Paris

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This past summer was probably the best summer of my entire life. I studied abroad in Paris through the Viterbi Overseas program! This program was unique because 40 students from Viterbi took classes that counted toward their major with professors from Viterbi. In other words, we were not affiliated with a university in Paris. It was just a small part …

My Experience Taking a Class about Street Gangs

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Registering for classes is a stressful experience. For me, this involves trying to juggle required classes, long labs, and rate my professor reviews to piece together the perfect schedule while simultaneously biting my nails as the open spots in my preferred classes fill up. In addition to the required classes, USC students get the unique opportunity to take general education …

Why Viterbi

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In a previous blog post, “Two Questions, One Answer: USC,” I shared general reasons why I chose USC. This time, I am going to hone in on why I chose Viterbi. By the end of April of my senior year in high school, I had narrowed down my college choices to USC and Boston University (BU). Both universities had highly …