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 …

Second Semester Sophomore Year

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Civil and Environmental, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life

Winter Break in Florida Luckily, this Winter Break I escaped the cold. Really my whole life I've escaped the cold/snow growing up in Florida, and going to college in Southern California.As the second week of school rolls by, I'm excited for what's in store in my classes. This is the first semester where all of my classes (except for the ...

Best Workouts at USC and Setting Goals as an Engineer

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

Happy New Year and new semester! The main goal I set for myself for spring 2018 is to get on a better fitness schedule. Since you all are probably starting your goals for the new year as well, I thought this would be a good chance to share some of my favorite workout places around USC and give tips on …

Neuroscience, Games, and Data in Dance

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

Many students coming to college for engineering want to know if it’s possible to take classes in other areas, or electives as we call them. My answer is always… YES! I wrote about an elective I took this semester, Future Cinema, during the middle of the semester, and I now want to write about two other electives I took as …

It’s that time again…

Suveena Thanawala Suveena, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

…finals season! This is sort of the critical point in the semester, now that you’re done with midterms and you’ve learned all the material, most classes have a final exam, which can range anywhere from 10-45 percent of your final grade, sometimes even more, depending on the professor and subject. So that means these can make or break your grades…no …

Tip #2: Study Study Study

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Major, Professional & Academic, Ramiro, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life

Finals Season is amongst us! So how better to prepare than some little tips I have to offer. Here’s episode 2 of Ramiro’s Tips and Tricks! I think there are three very important things to successfully studying and preparing for examinations. Firstly, I think to be able to study well, you should find a place that you can fully focus. …

The Importance of Saying “Yes”

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

I cannot believe this semester is almost over. That means that 5/8 of my time here is almost complete. WOW. Today I want to write about the importance of saying “yes” to stepping out of your comfort zone. If there is one piece of advice I can give to you at this point in my life, it’s that constantly pushing …

Field Trips in College??

Siena Applebaum Museums, Siena, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life

One of my all time favorite involvements at USC is being a Freshman Academy coach. As a coach, I coteach the Engr 102 Freshman Academy class, which exposes first semester freshman different engineering fields and helps acclimate students to life in Viterbi. As well as grading homework and coming up with lessons, my co coach and I also plan “out …

Professor or Possible Best Friend !

Shuntaro Nishi Free Time, Involvement, Shuntaro, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer, Why USC

The other day in my student organization, we were having an ice breaker where we discussed our favorite class at USC. Even though my answer wasn’t technically at USC, Industrial Systems Engineering 460, Engineering Economy. The class offered very practical skills of taking costs and profits of a business to see if the company is justifiable for investment at the …

Cheers to the Volunteers

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

One of my favorite Audrey Hepburn quotes goes a little something like this: “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands–one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Audrey’s quote is a great summary of my experience at USC so far. Going through the college admissions process, picking a school, and starting my freshman year …

Viterbi Expo- My Most Asked Questions

Nathan Alvarez Aerospace and Mechanical, Campus Events, Free Time, Involvement, Major, Nathan, Research, Social & Diversity, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC

This past weekend was the Viterbi Student Expo, which was a chance for prospective students to come check out Viterbi and see what the school is like. As a VSA, my job was to lead groups on tours of various student labs. I answered countless questions throughout the day about my life as an engineering student at USC, so here …

GEs at USC

Suveena Thanawala Suveena, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

Hey guys! One of the common misconceptions I’ve heard about college is that GE – general ed courses – are the worst classes you’ll take. The point is to take classes that are not in your field of study, which to me, aligns really well with Viterbi’s “Engineering Plus” catchphrase. If you’ve read my other blog posts, you’ll probably know …

I’m Tired: A Systematic Evaluation of 8:00AMs

Timothy Marino Chemical, Professional & Academic, Tim, Viterbi Class

This semester, I have four 8:00AM classes: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. I know what you’re all thinking: “Tim, we already know this – you mentioned this in your blog last month!” Though I know you all have been religiously keeping up with everything I’ve written to date, I’ll jog your memories by saying that at the time I wrote …

Experiencing the Trojan Family: A USC Education Reaches Beyond Your Coursework

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus

Today I want to write about some recent events I have been to (or put on myself) to show that a USC education isn’t just about attending classes, studying, and taking tests. In my opinion, it’s important to take advantage of these events. You may even make a connection for an internship or meet someone who is willing to help …