How Hard Are Engineering Classes?

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Students, Study, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

It’s May 11, and I’m halfway through finals week of my junior year spring semester. Though I’ve been taking engineering classes since first semester freshman year, it’s clear that the classes I’m taking now are more specific, and definitely harder. But one question that has been on my mind from the moment I decided I wanted to major in engineering …

I Will Never Complain about Three-hour Labs Again

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Campus Events, Dominie, Involvement, Life Outside Of Engineering, Professional & Academic, Research, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

As the last week of classes is underway, I think it’s an apropos time to reflect on this crazy semester. What began as a carefully planned year – MCAT date set for May 16, Edwards Lifesciences internship lined up for the summer – turned out to be the most uncertain and unsettling period of my life. So much for having …

Registering for Classes: Freshman First Semester

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

I firmly believe that no matter how many times I have done it, registering for classes is a stressful experience. No scheduling experience is complete without those hours spent meticulously creating the perfect schedule and those next couple of hours spent stressing and watching it slip away as classes fill up or close. Scheduling, like most things in life, is …

Best of ITP

Madelyn Douglas Entrepreneurship, Involvement, Madelyn, Professional & Academic, Study, Video Games, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

With just a few blogs left before I graduate (please, hold your tears… @myself), I want to make sure I leave some information about a program that is home to many of my favorite and most rewarding classes—Viterbi’s Information Technology Program (ITP). Providing more unique minors (i.e. Video Game Programming, Digital Forensics, Innovation, Mobile App Dev, iOT Devices) than the …

So Classes Are Online… What Now?

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Home Life, Major, Spring Break, Students, Study, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

Right now, USC is on its spring break, but with online classes until April 14 and the uncertainty whether or not this will extend until the end of the semester, it definitely does not feel like a normal spring break. Rather than spending time with friends, traveling to fun places, or relaxing at home, this spring break is being spent …

A Love Letter to my SI Leaders

Natalie Kistler Biomedical, Natalie K, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and “love is in the air”. Target in the village is stocked full of candy and it’s hard not to notice a slightly different vibe on campus. It’s only fitting that I harness this energy and write a love letter to someone special, in fact many special people: my SI leaders, aka the people of your …

The Perfect Schedule

Madelyn Douglas Electrical, Madelyn, Major, Music, Research, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

So far, one of my favorite parts about being a second semester senior is FINALLY having the first choice for all my classes. This semester has brought the most exciting lectures yet because OHMYGOSHILOVEALLMYCLASSES which can be a rare thing when you’re anxiously awaiting a registration date while all the good GE spots fill up (aww, freshman year memories). Behold, …

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 …

When Humanities + Engineering Classes Overlap

Lindsay Huang Computer Science, Lindsay, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

As a computer science student, the majority of my classes are understandably very math heavy. When I do take other classes—such as thematic option or general education ones—they’re often completely unrelated to my technical courses (which is a pretty nice break!). Last semester though, I took CORE 104, a thematic option class centered around political philosophy. We read Karl Marx, …

No Ordinary Nature Blog: LA’s Best Natural Disasters

Madelyn Douglas Best of LA, Madelyn, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

While you probably can google “LA nature” and find lots of photos of Griffith Park, Joshua Tree, Santa Monica, or any other nearby relaxing hike and beach locations, I’m here for those of you looking for a more ~chaotic~ take! This semester, I’m taking one of my Thematic Option classes, CORE 103: “Predicting Disaster: The Applied Science of Seismology”, on …

Building Science Studio Final Project (Junior Year)

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Civil and Environmental, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

One of my favorite classes so far has been my junior year Building Science Studio. For one year, we had to ability to develop and produce our own project. The only instructions were: design a school. Everything else was up to us! Naturally, everyone starts to focus on their own interests. There is only 7 people in the class but …

Third Time’s the Charm? Why I Changed My Major (Twice!)

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Major, Students, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Your major defines a lot about your college experience. The classes you take, the types of clubs you join, and the people you spend the most time around tend to relate back to your major in one way or another. Many undergraduates come into college knowing exactly what they want to major in, while many other students have no idea …

Where should I study???

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

Now that I have been a college student for nearly two years, I think I have a solid understanding of the pros and cons of different study spaces. As an engineering student, a lot of time is spent with our noses down wrestling with tough concepts and long assignments. Early on, I was spending a lot of time in the …

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 …

My Top Five Favorite Study Spots On Campus

Alexandra Rennie Alexandra, Students, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

The college hustle and bustle makes it SUPER hard to study without having any distractions. As an engineer, I always find myself studying and doing homework; therefore, having good study spots have been crucial to my success here at USC. With that being said, here are my top five favorite spots to study on campus! Sometimes when the downstairs courtyard …

Best Summer of My Life: Study Abroad in Paris

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Dominie, Major, summer, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Why USC Leave a Comment

This past summer was probably the best summer of my entire life. I studied abroad in Paris through the Viterbi Overseas program! This program was unique because 40 students from Viterbi took classes that counted toward their major with professors from Viterbi. In other words, we were not affiliated with a university in Paris. It was just a small part …

My Biggest Takeaways From Freshman Year

Mahima Varanasi Computer Science, Mahima, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

The photo above was taken by my mom on Move-In Day. I was so excited and eager to start college. I also learned so much for about college, outside of my classes. Just remember that it’s all a learning process and learning takes time! Here’s what I learned through my first year at USC. 1) College is hard. And that’s …