Covid-19 and Cancelled Internships

Sheetal Madnani Chemical, Internship, Research, Sheetal, summer Leave a Comment

I awoke early in April, as many people have in the last two months, to the news that my summer internship had been canceled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Understandably, the first few days passed in a blur of panic and confusion, as this opportunity I had looked forward to since December was replaced with the fear of …

Why Chemical Engineering?

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One of the hardest parts about entering college, going through orientation, and even deciding where to go to college, is choosing your major. But what people don’t often tell you is that once you enter college, that decision doesn’t just disappear: there will be times you question your choice of major, there will be times you change majors accordingly, and …

A Half Semester But A Full Heart

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I love doing semesterly recaps: be that through a witty end of semester Instagram post captioned with a pun that makes every one of my followers groan, by means of a blog post (like this one!), or in the context of an intense night of journaling. But I’ve never before had to try to reflect on a semester that was …

Minors: Unpacking the Myths

Sheetal Madnani Chemical, Professional & Academic, Sheetal, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

As I begin my sixth semester here at USC, I find myself feeling secure for the first time in three years in the fact that I decided to pursue a minor outside of the Viterbi School of Engineering.  As someone who has always been interested in areas outside of engineering, from history to politics to philosophy, deciding to pursue engineering …

Navigating College Admissions as an International Student

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First off, take a deep breath.  It will all work out the way it is supposed to. That’s perhaps the most frustrating advice I received during my college admissions process, but having come out the other side, I finally understand why it really is the most important piece of advice. College admissions are rough, and there are no two ways …

Saturdays are for the Conference

Jacob Toney Chemical, Involvement, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Research, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Once upon time in Orlando, Florida, a group of chemical engineers congregated to spread knowledge, socialize, and celebrate the joy that is being a chemical engineer. It’s a magical experience that this year, fittingly, took place next to the Magic Kingdom. All joking aside, the conference was tons of fun. This was my first time attending the national AIChE Student …

Organizing the Western Regional Conference: An American Institute of Chemical Engineers Event!

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Last month, I had the incredible opportunity to staff a conference of chemical engineering undergraduates held here at USC, where over 300 students from universities across California, Nevada, and Arizona, gathered here in sunny LA to engage in academic competitions, network professionally, and attend career workshops. This event was organized by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) chapter here …

An AIChE Breaky Semester

Jacob Toney Chemical, Design Teams, Involvement, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Research, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Happy Thursday folks! It’s another month, another blog, and another day in the life of a Viterbi student. The days have certainly been getting busier lately, with classes picking up and recruitment season starting, so stay tuned for more updates on that. In the meantime, however, the main event I’ve been looking forward to this semester is attending the annual …

To Read or Not to Read? The Case for Taking Classes Outside Your Major

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This semester, I had the opportunity to take a Liberal Arts Reading Salon class here at USC titled CORE 200, which involved a class-curated reading list that covered an impressive eight works over the course of the semester. Prior to taking this class, I was already enrolled in an 18 unit course load, but my best friend convinced me that …

Junior Year: Halfway There, Livin’ on a Prayer

Jacob Toney Chemical, Design Teams, Involvement, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Sports, Students, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Hey everyone, and happy weekend. We’re 3 weeks into the semester now, so things are getting moving! While I’m still getting used to the idea of being a junior, and the fact that I’m officially halfway done with college now, I’m excited to see what the remaining 4 semesters hold. Between classes, extracurriculars, and everything else, I’ve got quite the …

Choosing USC: Moving 7000 Miles Away

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Coming from Guangzhou, China, halfway around the world, the most common question I got from my fellow students when I first came to USC was “Why?”. “Why move all the way to LA for college?” Moving so far away from home to study engineering was definitely a decision that I had to think through, but despite the difficulties of the …

Solo Travel and Backpacking Southeast Asia

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When my semester in Australia ended it was nearly July. I had watched all of my USC classmates get out of school a month earlier and was ready for summertime fun.I decided to take a solo backpacking trip through various countries in Southeast Asia. I was planning on travelling for four weeks with nothing but my backpack to places I …

1. A Gas Plant Operates at the Given Conditions (Assume Steady State)…

Jacob Toney Best of LA, Chemical, Internship, Jacob, Life Outside Of Engineering, Major, summer, Viterbi Summer, Work Leave a Comment

Howdy everyone, and welcome back! Hope your past few months were full of fun and plenty of rest. This summer I had the opportunity to intern with California Resources Corporation, where I was working as a Facilities Engineering Intern at Elk Hills near Bakersfield, California, which was a great experience that let me see the field on a daily basis. …

Halfway Through my Semester Overseas

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Even though the academic year at USC is nearly over, I just hit mid-semester break at the University of Queensland. I thought I would take this break to reflect on my semester so far and talk about my favorite courses at UQ! I’m taking a course for abroad students called MARS2005: Australia’s Marine Environment. It is focused on Australia’s marine …

Why USC?

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It’s official: National Decision Day is in less than one month. May 1st marks a day when most high school seniors finally commit to a college. I remember being over the moon when I received college acceptance letters. Then, I realized I had to narrow it down to just one college that I would spend the next four years at. …

Why USC? Well, I’m glad you asked…

Jacob Toney Campus Events, Chemical, Involvement, Jacob, Professional & Academic, Students, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Why USC Leave a Comment

It’s been six months since I last wrote about why I chose USC – six months of learning more in my community and school, of growing older and meeting new people, and of living in Los Angeles. That’s a long time, and I realized it would be appropriate for me to go over my decision and my perspective of the …