Work Hard and Go Home: A Summer at Slack

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Internship, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Summer 0 Comments

“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

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Internship, Professional & Academic 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 …

AthenaHacks! An Interview With One of the Founders

Shana Douglass Campus Events, Computer Science, Involvement, Shana, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

Female empowerment. I’m so here for it. Female empowerment in tech… IM SO HERE FOR IT. A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to attend AthenaHacks, Southern California’s FIRST and ONLY all female Hackathon created for women by women (and USC women nonetheless!). Ladies from universities all across So-Cal came to USC for 2-Days filled with hacking, innovation, …

“Hey Ankur, What’s a Hackathon?”

ankur-2017 Ankur, Computer Science, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

Glad you asked! Hackathons are two to three-day long events that are held over the course of a weekend at universities across the nation (and the world)! They usually feature several hundred college students, a handful of corporate sponsors, and thousands of dollars in prizes, awards, and other fun incentives. Overall, the goal of a hackathon is to encourage students …

My Major! All About Computer Science

Suveena Thanawala Computer Science, Suveena, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus 0 Comments

Computer Science is an incredibly diverse major here at SC; the breadth of organizations related to CS, the majors/minors/emphases you can take, the research projects available is huge! I’m studying Computer Engineering & Computer Science, which is a major offered by the Computer Science department in conjunction with Electrical Engineering. You get an even split of both CS (software engineering …

Spark SC – Student Innovation Hub

Suveena Thanawala Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Suveena, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

  One of the organizations on campus that I’m involved in is Spark SC. It’s an entrepreneurship organization that aims to connect students in all different disciplines with a common interest in innovation. We do this by hosting events from an ideathon to a startup career fair, bringing together all kinds of students. Spark is really an organization unlike any …

Springing into a New Semester

Suveena Thanawala Computer Science, Dorm, Suveena, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

(Yes, I really did use that pun) As spring semester approaches and 2017 begins, I’m really excited to see what I’ve got in store. This semester, I’ll be taking EE 354 – Introduction to Digital Circuits, CSCI 270 – Introduction to Algorithms and the Theory of Computing, a GE on Broadway, Aural Culture, and Weight Training. I’m excited for another …

Acing the Technical Interview

ellen-2017 Computer Science, Ellen, Internship 0 Comments

Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a good week.  Since it is the middle of fall, we are right in the middle of recruiting season for jobs and internships!  I thought I’d share some of my tips for interviews/job applications, specifically for software engineering jobs. Get involved with student projects – I have found that my interviewers really …

Summer Schedules

ankur-2017 Ankur, Computer Science, Free Time 0 Comments

Not being in a formal internship program meant that I had to figure out ways to lock myself down and focus on the goals I had for that day. Without a regular 9-5, it’s really, really easy to do nothing, lay in bed, and just watch Netflix all day. To curb that and attempt to be productive, I decided that …

All Summer Sixteen

ankur-2017 Ankur, Biomedical, Computer Science, Viterbi Summer 0 Comments

I spent most of the summer back home in Chicago. While I wasn’t doing a formal internship, I’m really glad to have had the time “off” – I think it’s important to take time every so often to recenter and really consider what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. College goes by really quickly, and it’s too easy to …

Changing Engineering Majors

molly-2016 Civil and Environmental, Computer Science, Molly 0 Comments

Over four years ago, I filled out the application to USC and somewhat-confidently selected “Computer Engineering” as my major.  I liked computers, and math, and robots, so it seemed logical. Although honestly, I had no idea what engineering really was. But astronauts and scientists and world leaders were engineers, so I wanted to be one too.  Then, I took Introduction to …