Cheers to the Volunteers

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

One of my favorite Audrey Hepburn quotes goes a little something like this: “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands–one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Audrey’s quote is a great summary of my experience at USC so far. Going through the college admissions process, picking a school, and starting my freshman year …

Engineering the future: Where tech meets social good

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Design Teams, Professional & Academic, Service, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Yingyu

Hey guys! As usual, happy Friday! Midterm season is over and it’s finally feeling like fall here and I couldn’t be more excited. If you’re wondering what engineering students are doing now that they don’t have exams to study for, I have some cool news for you! Being an engineering student isn’t all about the homework assignments and the exams …

Experiencing the Trojan Family: A USC Education Reaches Beyond Your Coursework

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus

Today I want to write about some recent events I have been to (or put on myself) to show that a USC education isn’t just about attending classes, studying, and taking tests. In my opinion, it’s important to take advantage of these events. You may even make a connection for an internship or meet someone who is willing to help …

Engineering and Arts go together like PB&J

Shuntaro Nishi Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Music, Shuntaro, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

The Defiant Ones. No this post is not about being an angsty teenager rebelling against their parents. This is about the television series about Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. I think the first thing this blog will address is the lie they feed you about how the right and left side of the brain are separated and no person can …

Future Cinema, Powerful Storytelling, and Superpowers

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus

This semester, I had some extra space in my schedule, so I decided to take an elective in the School of Cinematic Arts. Now that I’m a junior and have completed most of my core classes, I’m starting to dive into classes that are more specific to my interests. I am seriously loving my film school elective, Future Cinema (IML365). …

“I’m not bossy, I’m the boss”: Takeaways from Grace Hopper

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Plus, Women In Engineering, Yingyu

It’s Friday, and my very first Grace Hopper experience is coming to an end! It’s been a hectic but brilliant week and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! For those of you who don’t know, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world’s largest gathering of women in technology, produced annually by the Anita …

#ThroughHerEyes: From Elementary School to Viterbi

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Why USC, Women In Engineering

One of my main role models, Melinda Gates, is asking girls in computer science to share their stories of how they got into computing with the hashtag #ThroughHerEyes. I thought I would share my story here with you all since a caption on social media can’t capture it fully. Here’s my story… As a child, I was fortunate that my …

Organize yourself to join Student Organizations

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Computer Science, Design Teams, Involvement, Ramiro, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Why USC

Getting involved with a school organization is definitely a great part of the college experience. With some organizations, you’ll be able to make new friends and go on different adventures, while other organizations will put classroom lessons into practice. Whichever you decide to join, not limited to either type, you will find many opportunities for growth and learning. For me, …

Hello World! (Hehehe)

Namita Prakash Computer Science, Namita, Study, Viterbi Class, Why USC

Sophomore year so far has been WOW. It has been ridiculously intense in every way, and now midterm season is starting up. The nights are getting later, but everything about sophomore year has somehow still been even better than freshman year, and I think a huge reason for this are my two Computer Science classes. My CSCI 170 Discrete Methods …

Redefining the “Lab”: Research in CS

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Yingyu

Interested in research but don’t know where to start? Here’s some perspective into what research in computer science looks like at Viterbi! When I was in high school, I thought doing research in a laboratory meant wearing gloves, goggles, and a lab coat while mastering your pipette technique. So when I was a college freshman and I heard people talk …

Computer Science, Business, and Dance: How Viterbi is Helping Me Make Sense of My Passions

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Women In Engineering

Up until I entered USC, I thought of my two main passions, dance and computer science, as two separate entities. I have been programming since my sophomore year of high school, which led me to declare a major in Viterbi, and I have been dancing since I was three, so I picked up a minor in Kaufman to keep up …

No Fear in the New School Year

Natalie Monger Campus Events, Computer Science, Natalie, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

I recently wrote a post where I gave 25 pieces of advice to incoming freshmen. Now that the start of the school year is getting closer, I thought I would share more advice that is relevant to the first few weeks of school for both incoming freshmen and returning students. Enjoy! Attend fun events during your first few weeks to …

Work Hard and Go Home: A Summer at Slack

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Internship, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Summer, Yingyu Leave a Comment

“Slack?” my mom asked me when I told her where I’d be interning for the summer. “What’s Slack?” Slack is one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies today, and a place where I’ve been fortunate enough to work for the past few months. At a company that values playfulness, empathy, and craftsmanship, I’ve been able to learn more about …

How to Navigate the Internship Search

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When the fall semester begins, so does the hunt for a summer internship. From talking to recruiters to prepping for interviews, there’s a lot going on during these few months. Here’s a few things I’ve learned about landing your next internship at an up and coming tech company! Like most people will say, it’s never too early. You can start …

List of Grace Hopper Scholarships for CS Girls

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Uncategorized, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Last October, I attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston, Texas. It was such a fun opportunity. I networked with representatives from some of the world’s top tech companies, attended seminars, and, best of all, met other girls in engineering. I think Grace Hopper is one of the best places for women to network and search …

Hackathon 101: A Survival Guide

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Life, Yingyu Leave a Comment

Welcome to the world of hackathons! For those of you just discovering the excitement of hackathons, here’s some more information to get rid of the myths that hackers are mysterious techies working for secret government organizations. In reality, hackathons are prime opportunities to create, build and innovate over the span of two days. With a number of technical workshops to attend, …

A Wave Goodbye: Code the Change Retreat

Yingyu Sun Beach, Computer Science, Professional & Academic, Service, Viterbi Orgs, Yingyu Leave a Comment

I joined Code the Change during the spring semester of my freshman year and met some of the most interesting people I know here at USC. The people in CTC helped me not only learn more about web development but also gave me a community to become a part of. Code the Change is a student-run organization that helps build …

Exploring The Artistic Side of Engineering

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Professional & Academic, Research, Sports, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

I love both technology and dance. As a student in both USC Viterbi and USC Kaufman, I have the best of both worlds. I get to study both of my passions on the same campus with some of the best professors and students in the world. Growing up, I have always used both sides of my brain. On the right …

25 Slices of Advice for Incoming Freshmen

Natalie Monger Campus Events, Computer Science, Natalie, Students, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Dear incoming freshmen, Congratulations! I can’t wait to see you on campus soon. In celebration of you as you join the Trojan family, I’d like to share some of my greatest pieces of advice for freshmen. Most of these I learned (the hard way!) during my freshman year. So, I’d like to make your transition smoother with some pieces of …