Viterbi Summer Overseas: Paris!

Mark Parent Abroad, Civil and Environmental, Involvement, Major, Mark, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

This past summer, I had the amazing opportunity to go on Viterbi Summer Overseas and spend 7 weeks studying in Paris, France. This program takes about 40 students every year to a different country in Europe and is open to all engineering majors. On the contrary to traditional study abroad, going abroad with the Viterbi Overseas program is a lot …

A SWEet Conference

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Internship, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Students, Study, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering, Work Leave a Comment

It’s conference season! From SHPE to AIChE, engineering students are leaving campus to attend national conferences featuring workshops, award ceremonies, and career fairs. Last week was the Society of Women Engineers’ (SWE) turn, and the national conference was held in Anaheim, California, boasting over 16,000 attendees, a gigantic career fair, and hundreds of workshops, all jam packed within the three …

My First Fall Break at USC

Mark Parent Beach, Civil and Environmental, Free Time, Home Life, Involvement, Major, Mark, Spring Break, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

This year, USC decided to implement fall break like many other universities on the east coast to give students a well-deserved break from schoolwork. This allows students time to relax and take their mind off of school in the middle of the semester. The Engemann Student Health Center had taken data from prior years which showed a need for a …

Building Science Studio Final Project (Junior Year)

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Civil and Environmental, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

One of my favorite classes so far has been my junior year Building Science Studio. For one year, we had to ability to develop and produce our own project. The only instructions were: design a school. Everything else was up to us! Naturally, everyone starts to focus on their own interests. There is only 7 people in the class but …

Going to College in LA: The Best 5 Things I’ve Done This Semester

Christina Najm Beach, Best of LA, Christina, Civil and Environmental, Free Time, Music, Sports, Students, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

The fall semester is halfway over! Midterm season is in full swing, teachers are starting to talk about final projects and papers, and Halloween is almost here! After living at USC and in downtown LA for over two years, I’ve learned a lot about all the exciting things to do off campus to get a break from school. This semester …

Viterbi Summer Institute, APPLY!

Mark Parent Beach, Best of LA, Campus Events, Civil and Environmental, College Applications, Dorm, Food, Involvement, Major, Mark, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Sports, Students, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

The Viterbi Summer Institute is a program put on through the Center for Engineering Diversity that gives minority students the opportunity to get acclimated to the school and the unfamiliar area prior to the start of classes. You basically get to experience college before starting your freshman year, making the transition a lot simpler. A total of 50 students are …

Tips for Roommate Selection: You Won’t Regret Going Random!

Mark Parent Athletics, Beach, Best of LA, Civil and Environmental, Dorm, Food, Free Time, Housing, Involvement, Mark, Museums, Social & Diversity, Sports, Students, Study, Suite, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

When I had committed to come to USC, my first challenge was choosing where I was going to live. USC has many different freshman residence halls that is perfect for all types of students. Since I received a merit scholarship from USC, I chose to live in McCarthy Honors College in the brand-new University Village. The next thing I thought …

Third Time’s the Charm? Why I Changed My Major (Twice!)

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Major, Students, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Your major defines a lot about your college experience. The classes you take, the types of clubs you join, and the people you spend the most time around tend to relate back to your major in one way or another. Many undergraduates come into college knowing exactly what they want to major in, while many other students have no idea …

USC NSBE Takes On Detroit! – NSBE 45th Annual Conference

Mark Parent Civil and Environmental, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Involvement, Major, Mark, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Why USC Leave a Comment

USC NSBE chapter at the national conference USC NSBE chapter at the national conference As a freshman, I am so grateful that I joined NSBE because it gives me the support system I need to excel in my academics. For those wondering, NSBE stands for the National Society of Black Engineers whose mission is to “to increase the number of …

Sustainability Consulting in NYC

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Civil and Environmental, Internship, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Before this summer I never imagined myself working in New York City. I always saw myself as someone too layed back for the hustle in bustle of the Big Apple, but to my surprise I ended up loving it and how much I walked/saw on a daily basis! I was in New York as the Sustainability Consulting Intern for Arup. …

Last One, Best One – Senior Year!

Desiree James Beach, Best of LA, Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Yep, 4 weeks in and one test down, it finally feels like school again! And to make matters even better (or worse depending how you look at it,) it’s my last Fall semester as an undergrad at USC! Definitely bitter sweet. It’s strange sitting in the Dining halls (as few seniors even do) seeing freshmen in their first month at …

My Summer in San Francisco

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Internship, Viterbi Summer

If someone would have told me, a girl from Fort Worth, Texas where the average temperature is 90 degrees in August, that I would be wearing jackets and layers during the summer, I would have laughed. But here I am in San Francisco wearing a jacket in 50 degree weather, definitely NOT laughing….But other than the unfamiliar cold summer weather, …

American Society of Civil Engineers takes Tempe, AZ!

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Design Teams, Desiree, Professional & Academic, Uncategorized, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

One of the student organizations I’m in is the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), one of the many professional engineering organizations on campus. Unlike most of the other professional engineering clubs though, ASCE consists of student led design teams within the org. The design teams include Concrete Canoe, Environmental, Geotech Wall and Steel Bridge (which is what I’m on!). …

NSBE National Conference!

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs

I just want to start off by saying that NSBE Nationals is by far one of the best experiences I’ve had since at USC, and it’s definitely because of the people. For those of you who aren’t familiar with NSBE, it stands for the National Society of Black Engineers, and our mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible …

Second Semester Sophomore Year

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Civil and Environmental, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life

Luckily, this Winter Break I escaped the cold. Really my whole life I’ve escaped the cold/snow growing up in Florida, and going to college in Southern California. As the second week of school rolls by I’m excited for what’s in store in my classes. This is the first semester where all of my classes (except for the soccer one I’m …

It’s about that time of year again…..Finals Season!

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Viterbi Life

The weather is a little cooler and the leaves are slowly falling,which means it’s every college student’s favorite time of year…..Finals Season! The entire semester is basically a build up to this one week and a half of final projects, papers, and exams, and I for one could not be more ready for this season to pass. working on our …

Construction Management Association of America

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Civil and Environmental, Design Teams, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Plus

I joined the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) student chapter at USC this year! In CMAA, I am part of the Design-Build team where we train to complete Design-Build contracts. Every year we compete in SPARKS, a regional competition where we are given a problem statement the day of the competition. After 24 hours, we have to submit a …

Truss us, we’re friends

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life

Cheering on our team! Compared to some of the other engineering major classes, the civil engineering class of 2019 is relatively small with probably about 25-30 students- which can be a good or bad thing depending on who you ask. I’m one of those people who thinks it’s a good thing. I’ve gotten so used to having classes with the same …