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

Winter Break in Florida 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 ...

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 …

Mid-Semester Review

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

So we are in October, which means we’re about half way through the Fall semester. Right now, is a good time to look back and reflect on how the semester has been going. I find this helpful to see what has been working and how I can improve to finish strong. I’m studying Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Building …

Building Science: For the Design-y Engineers

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

Yo yo yo whats up. So, choosing a major… it’s hard.. especially when you have so many options. But guess what, you don’t have to know exactly what you’re going to study entering your freshman year. And, even if you think you know what you’re going to study, your experiences at college might shape your path in a different way …

Take a Break, De-stress, and Explore!

Desiree James Best of LA, Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Free Time, Museums

Well it’s about that time of year again that every student looks forward to- midterm season! Just kidding, no sane person actually likes midterm season, but it does mean we’re that much closer to winter break!! And as important as getting good grades and studying is around this time of year, it’s also important to remember that college is something …

“Join the Club!”

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It feels sooo good to be back in LA! As much as I enjoyed my summer in Kansas City, it doesn’t compare to living less than 30 minutes from the beach. I got right back into the swing of things my first week of classes- catching up with classmate-turned-friends and going to events on campus. The Involvement Fair, where all …

Off to College, Now What?

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Its August, which means it’s about that time where recently graduated seniors are slowly packing up their rooms and getting ready to start their new chapters, and for some that means becoming a Trojan! I’ll be starting this fall as a junior (oh how time flies), but I still remember coming in as a freshman not knowing much, and desperately …

Bamboo Research in China!

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Wow. Okay, this one is going to be hard to write. I feel like I could write a blog post about each individual day I spent in China, but hopefully I can sum up my trip in this one. This summer I got the pleasure of going to China to study bamboo as a structural and design material. This opportunity was thanks …

The Alumni Network is real!

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When people talk about USC, they always seem to mention the strong alumni network, the Trojan Family. And it’s true! I got to experience it first hand last Friday, when a USC Alumni, Catherine Tang, gave me a tour of a company I would love to work for in the future, AECOM. AECOM does it all, architecture, construction, consulting, management, …