Emphases: Just a Little Something Extra!

Jacob Toney Chemical, Jacob, Major, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

When I started at Viterbi, I heard a lot of talk being thrown around about different emphases within engineering majors. I knew there were several different options within my major, but wasn’t really sure what the significance of an emphasis was. In fact, I really didn’t know anything at all about engineering emphases aside from the fact that they existed. …

CSCI 104: Is It Really That Bad?

Will DuCharme Computer Science, Major, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Will Leave a Comment

If you’re a computer science student, you’re bound to have heard of the infamous CSCI 104: Data Structures and Algorithms class. And when hearing about this class, I’m sure you’ve often heard it related to ‘free-time killing’ and ‘life ruining’, but is it really that difficult? Going into my second semester at USC, I was quite nervous. Throughout my first …

Hello World! A Quick “What to Expect” for your Second Semester as a CECS or CS Student!

Luz Camacho Computer Science, Luz, Major, Study, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

Second semester freshman year can be very different from first semester for many Computer Science or Computer Engineering majors. Not only will you be taking two big, major specific classes, most CS or CECS students choose to pair these with other stem courses, such as math or life sciences. This semester can be a little scary for anyone who is …

Posture Perfect (BME Senior Design Project)

Daniel Donchev Daniel, Design Teams, Involvement, Students, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

As the conclusion of this semester quickly approaches, a lot of my semester-long projects are nearing completion. The most important of them all is my senior design project (BME-405). We are challenged to ideate, develop, and build a device within the biomedical engineering sphere in teams of four to five students. Our group was passionate about creating a solution to …

Your First Semester at USC: ENGR 102 Academy

Natalie Monger Natalie, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

Your first semester at USC is a crazy one, but Freshmen Academy is here to help you! You might be wondering, “What is ENGR 102, and why do I have to take it?” ENGR 102 is known as Engineering Freshmen Academy, and it is a 2-unit course that aims to help you settle into USC during your first semester, see …

Exploring All the Schools at USC

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life

Oftentimes, there's this stigma that if you study engineering it becomes your whole life between going to your math and science intensive classes and studying for them. I have found the opposite to be true. Every semester, I've had the opportunity to learn and explore subjects outside my major. Along with really cool classes in Viterbi I've taken Intro to ...

My Semester Experience in Pictures

Natalie Monger Free Time, Natalie, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC

Happy Spring Break, everyone! I’m spending this week catching up on some well-deserved rest, but I’m also working hard on my research projects, which you can read about in my last blog post. We’re in the midst of college admissions season, and you might be deciding on where you want to spend the next chapter of your life. To make …

Designing Your Own Research at USC

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC

Hello, friends! First, let me start off by saying that if you haven’t read my recent post about how to obtain research at USC, you should go read that. This post will make much more sense after you have done so. So, my previous research post discussed how to find your own unique qualities you bring to the table in …

Why I became a part of the Trojan Family

Rhea Choudhury Biomedical, Free Time, Major, Rhea, Students, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

Hey guys! It’s Explore season here at SC, and it’s been so much fun getting to meet some of you guys around campus!! Since coming to college, one of the most common questions I get asked is why I picked USC, so I thought I’d dedicate a post on what drew me to become a Trojan. Backstory, in high school …

Why I Chose USC

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Why USC

Now that I am on the other side of college decisions it's fun to look back and think about the whole process. For a good chunk of your junior and senior years of high school the college application process really takes over your life. You're worried about taking the SAT, writing good essays, researching different universities and their programs. Honestly, ...

I Can’t Imagine Not Fighting On

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

It’s true; I really can’t. Just three years ago, I stepped foot onto USC’s campus for the second time, having been admitted to USC. (See little Nat below.) This week I'm doing a Q&A on my experience with USC's application process, student life, and resources. Q: Why did you ultimately decide to attend USC? A: This is a photo from …

We are all made of stardust and other things I learned in PChem

Vanessa Pangbourne Chemical, Vanessa, Viterbi Class

Hi everyone! This week we have all been writing about classes. As midterms have started, classes have picked up and the semester is in full force, more and more of my time has been dedicated to my classes. With that, I wanted to write about my favorite class I have taken at USC: CHEM 430 (Physical Chemistry). Chem 430 has …

Current Favorite Class: The Dreaded Mechops

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Ramiro, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life

Whether you are in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Astronautical engineering, and even if you aren't, you'll probably at one point hear about the dreaded Mechoptronics class. You'll probably hear that it's the hardest and most time consuming class AME and ASTE students have to take. You'll hear about the long report writing nights, the tough labs that press you for time, ...

The Study of…Sound?

Suveena Thanawala Museums, Music, Suveena, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

I’ve mentioned before that I’m in the Thematic Option program here at USC, and some of the coolest classes I’ve taken are part of that program. In particular, my favorite one has been the class that I took on aural culture. I genuinely love listening to music so much, and it’s such a big part of my day-to-day life. Music …

My Favorite Class So Far: Writing?

Nathan Alvarez Nathan, Study, Viterbi Class

After a year and a half as a Mechanical Engineering major, my favorite class so far has been… writing? I know, I know- I’m an engineer and I’m supposed to hate writing and anything else related to the humanities. I’m supposed to dream about math and physics all day and night and never stimulate the other side of my brain. …

Research at USC: How to Get It, Keep It, and Be Rewarded By It

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

Hello there, research hopefuls! If you are coming to USC interested in research, look no further than this How-To Guide! I’m in the research spirit right now: I’ve been meeting back-to-back with different research partners, comprehending papers on neural networks, and preparing to present some research at the AAAI conference next weekend. So let me splurge my secrets on how …

My favorite class is… history?

Rhea Choudhury Major, Research, Rhea, Students, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Hey guys! It’s been about three weeks since the semester started, and already it’s been a rollercoaster of a time. Classes are tough, organizations are really gearing up, and my friends and I are involved in another entrepreneurship competition this semester, so time management is definitely going to be tested a lot in the upcoming months.I realized I don’t really …

I Switched My Major Second Semester Sophomore Year?!

Celeste Goodwin Aerospace and Mechanical, Celeste, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Why USC, Women In Engineering

Coming back to my fourth semester at USC, you would think that things would just go on as they have been, but you’d be wrong!! The first week of classes this semester, I was hit with a huge realization. I thought I maybe wanted to switch my major! I wrote a bunch of pro-con lists, consulted with my friends, talked …