My Experience Taking a Class about Street Gangs

Natalie Kistler Biomedical, Natalie, Natalie K, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Registering for classes is a stressful experience. For me, this involves trying to juggle required classes, long labs, and rate my professor reviews to piece together the perfect schedule while simultaneously biting my nails as the open spots in my preferred classes fill up. In addition to the required classes, USC students get the unique opportunity to take general education …

A Freshman Reflection

Nick Bortolon Aerospace and Mechanical, Free Time, Involvement, Nick, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I cannot believe my second year as a USC student has finally begun! Although I’ve nearly completed 41 units, 12 classes, and over ¼ of my undergraduate career, it feels like it’s gone by in the blink of an eye. The purpose of this blog post is not to tell you step-by-step about my experience as a student last year. …

Why USC?

Paul Lepe Computer Science, Paul, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

Admitted Student Day was great! Admitted Student Day was great! From the very beginning, while applying to colleges I knew I wanted to come to the West Coast, not because of the West Coast Fever, but because I was born in Baja California, Mexico. I moved to El Paso, TX when I was twelve years old, meaning I still have …

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Empowering Women at Hackathons: AthenaHacks 2019

Lindsay Huang Computer Science, Involvement, Lindsay, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Happy AthenaHacks 2019! For those who don’t know, AthenaHacks is USC’s all-female (trans and non-binary inclusive) hackathon. This year, it took place at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center from April 6-7. We had over 500 attendees and 74 total projects submitted! As the design lead for the hackathon, I’m responsible for event branding, creating swag and making the graphics for …

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 …

Why I transferred

Alice Gusev Alice, College Applications, Electrical, Transfer, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

My first year and a half of college, I attended the University of Washington Seattle. I met some of the best friends of my life, and had some really awesome adventures. I’m from Seattle, so it was nice being close to home and seeing my family often, but something was missing. I always had a life-long dream of living in …

Solo Travel and Backpacking Southeast Asia

Miranda Jernberg Abroad, Chemical, Free Time, Miranda, Study, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

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 Beach, Best of LA, Chemical, Free Time, Internship, Jacob, 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. …

Lessons From the World of Indie Games

Zachary Flores Computer Science, Internship, Video Games, Virtual Reality, Viterbi Summer, Why USC, Work, Zachary Leave a Comment

I can’t believe summer over and is school is starting back up already. I have a lot to look forward to this next semester, but before I start I thought it’d be good to reflect on the lessons that I learned from my internship making games this summer. I spent this summer working as a game engineer intern at independent …

A Summer to ReMEMber: Microelectronics, Drones, and Surfing

Miles Kay Aerospace and Mechanical, Beach, Best of LA, Hikes, Internship, Miles, Viterbi Summer, Work Leave a Comment

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and I think that’s exactly why this summer came and went to quickly! It’s hard to believe that in less than a week I’ll be starting my junior year (*screams because college is going too quickly*). This was an incredible summer, and I’m really excited to share what I was up to …

Sustainability Consulting in NYC

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Civil and Environmental, Internship, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Before this summer I never imagined myself working in New York City. I always saw myself as someone too layed back for the hustle in bustle of the Big Apple, but to my surprise I ended up loving it and how much I walked/saw on a daily basis! I was in New York as the Sustainability Consulting Intern for Arup. …

Summer in Seattle

Audrey Roberts Aerospace and Mechanical, Audrey, Internship, Viterbi Summer, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

This summer, I had the pleasure of interning at Microsoft. While many of you may think of Microsoft as a software company, they have an entire group dedicated to hardware called Microsoft Devices. Microsoft Devices has mechanical engineers working on anything from the design of Surface products to the testing of HoloLens. I worked as a Devices Program Management Intern …

Employed Girl Summer 2019

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Beach, Free Time, Internship, Life After Graduation, Rachel, Viterbi Summer, Work Leave a Comment

This summer was one of the most enjoyable (and shortest) summers of my life! After wrapping up finals in May, I flew out to Nashville for my sister’s graduation from Vanderbilt University and got to spend some much needed time with family (and most importantly, my dog). After about a week of playing with my dog, I flew back out to …

A ‘Final’ Reflection (Get it!!!)

Loic Alini Aerospace and Mechanical, Loic, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

As the semester is wrapping up, it’s time to tie up loose ends and reflect on the semester! This semester has felt like a whirlwind. I started off the semester dropping Writing 340 because I had felt that I signed up for a section/topic that was way too challenging for me. The classes theme was Global Economics. I intentionally signed …

Halfway Through my Semester Overseas

Miranda Jernberg Abroad, Chemical, Miranda, Spring Break, Study Leave a Comment

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 …

What They Don’t Tell You About College

Cami Amein Cami, Electrical, Involvement, Major, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

What people don’t tell you about college. Being close to ending my fourth semester of college has made me realize, I really had no idea what was in store for me. Everyone told me about being independent, surrounded by like minded individual. I think somewhere along the way of trying to find the perfect fit where I could become the …