Today marks the seventh day of Passover. Today also marks the seventh day of avoiding bread and wheat-products like the plague. As a high school senior, I often wondered how I would continue observing Jewish holidays while at USC, and the holiday of Passover presents the perfect challenge. Would the dining halls have matzah? Would I go hungry for a week? Continue reading
Entering college, I was told time and time again my first year would fly by. I thought they were all exaggerating. Well, they weren’t. And the scary thing is that sophomore year flies by even faster. I still can’t believe that I am almost halfway done with my time as an undergrad at USC. During that first year, days blurred into weeks and weeks blurred into ¼ of my college career completed. Over these past two years, I’ve learned a lot about myself, mostly through the things I got involved with freshman year.
Coming into USC, I wanted to be pre-dental on top of my Mechanical Engineering degree. Once I started taking classes, however, I realized that I was far more excited about Engineering than I was about general chemistry and biology classes. Beyond that, in high school I had always been interested in film and photography, and I was planning to give that up in college in order to pursue the classes I would need as a pre-dental student. I really struggled after my first semester, because I felt like I was compromising one of my passions in pursuit of something I was less passionate about. If I could go back, I would tell myself not to be afraid to pursue my passions.
Whether you are deciding where to take your talents next year or just perusing the college websites to learn more, understanding the freshman experience is a must. Freshman year is a time of learning, adjustment, and excitement, but knowing how to maximize these aspects will put you well ahead of the game.
Student orgs. Research opportunities. Club sports. Welcome back concerts. Sororities. Fraternities. Football season tickets. Beach outings. Seth Meyers comedy show. USC has it all. And if you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to do it all, believe me! But it’s all about finding what excites you most; that’s what’s going to drive you and make you become the most successful version of yourself you can be!
In only a few months, you will be starting your first year of college. Let that sink for a second. Now, this does not have to be a scary thing. This new chapter in your life can be very exciting. Whether you traveling across town or across an ocean, college is very different than high school. You begin to have more independence, you begin to manage your own schedule, and you begin to discover how you will live the rest of your life. Maybe by discussing my experience freshman year, I can offer up some advice, and get you as excited for freshman year as I was.
So this Spring break was pretty busy and hectic!!! Instead of sitting on my couch and being lazy like I did last year (I wanted to go home SO badly), I stayed in LA, went to Mexico with some friends, and spent time with my mom who came to visit me! Continue reading
I’m going to start by saying that everyone at USC is really smart- everyone I’ve met including myself was a top student in high school who got good grades and did well. In general a lot of people were the ones that got asked to help but never had to ask for help. Engineering school is different.