My Alaskan Adventure

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What does Alaska have to do with USC, you ask? Well, because my plane tickets and hotels were funded by our petroleum engineering department! Last May, I attended the Western Regional Conference for the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) in Anchorage, Alaska. SPE is one of many engineering professional societies that have a student chapter at USC. You can read …

How To Choose A Major

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Hey everyone! With college looming around the corner for a lot of you, the question of what major to pursue comes into sharp focus. I know in the months leading up to college I became more and more unsure of what I should do in college and what the “right” major was. Looking back, I was going about choosing my …

When you like your class, you get As and sometimes vice-versa

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Once you begin to start your engineering career, you will start to realize that engineers get to do and study a lot of cool things. You will be able to work with dangerous liquids, thousand dollar machines and teachers that might be world renowned for their research. On top of working with people,  you will get to learn things like …

Round 2.5 – Spring Semester

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Christmas is my favorite holiday of the year, so I’m definitely sad winter break is over. I had a wonderful time snowboarding with my friends and family at couple different mountains (Copper, Breck and good ol’ Loveland if you’re reading this as a fellow Coloradan). I also got to pond skating at Evergreen Lake, which is something I’ve wanted to …

And We’re Back!

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Hey all! First things first: obligatory “spring back into things” pun in honor of spring semester, a magical time of three day weekends, spring break, and slowly breaking your New Year’s resolutions! Let’s talk winter break! Here’s a nice album of what I’ve been doing the past month:   If my fun, zesty photos don’t speak for themselves, I had …

Weekends at SC

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Hey everyone! This week I want to give a shout out to weekends, a time of endless (two days) opportunity. Some other students have formed a picture of day-to-day life in Viterbi, but what about when school’s off? What do weekends for engineer look like? Honestly, they can look like anything, especially if you’re willing to try new things. Some of …

Internships and Otherwise

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Hey everybody! It’s fall and the engineering area of campus is alive with the sound of undergraduates printing out their 18th draft of a resume. It’s our SoCal version of leaves rustling for autumn. I fell right into the spirit, and have joined the Great Internship Search. Before I go into that, I wanted to talk about what I did …

Who’s QuEST?

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So my favorite Viterbi Org is QuEST, or Queers in Engineering, Science, and Technology if you want a mouthful. As the name suggests, it’s a club for LGBTQ+ STEM majors, primarily engineers. QuEST was actually founded last year by another VSA, and she wrote about her experience creating the club here. (Bonus: I’m in the cover photo for that blog, …

Summer After Freshman Year: Research and Relaxation

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This summer, I went home to Orlando for the first half of the summer, then came back to USC for summer research. My first half of the summer was really Floridian. I went to Miami a few times, and the beach, and Downtown Disney; I drank a lot of orange juice; I jumped on the Orlando City Soccer Club bandwagon. It was really nice to …

Summer Internship with Aera

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This summer I’ll be working for Aera Energy in Bakersfield, CA! Aera Energy is an upstream oil and gas producer, which means it finds oil fields, plans how to effectively produce from the field, drill the wells, and the sells the crude oil and natural gas to other companies. It was last semester in October that I was offered the internship, and I …

How Much Do You Really Know?

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One of the greatest parts of joining the engineering community is learning how many cool things there are out there that you never knew existed. Coming in as a Freshmen, who was just accepted to a series of top universities, I am sure that you believe you know a decent amount of information, but the thing you learn as an …