Freshman Me vs. Sophomore Me

Dominie Miyasato Beach, Best of LA, Dominie, Food, Hikes, Professional & Academic, Research, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I am a sophomore who is teaching assistant, otherwise called Freshman Academy Coach, for the engineering course that all freshmen are required to take during their first semester at USC. The purpose of the class is to guide freshmen through their transition to Viterbi and college as a whole. From this experience, I am reminded of all the little details …

Volunteering for extra credit? It’s more likely than you think

Zachary Flores Computer Science, Involvement, Service, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Zachary Leave a Comment

Over the Summer I taught at the CS@SC summer camp, teaching basic Computer Science concepts to middle school students through Scratch. The same professor that runs the camp annually is the professor for my software engineering class, CSCI 201. During one of the first lectures, he offered extra credit for signing up and teaching a mini course through USC’s Joint …

The Best Places to Study on Campus

Will DuCharme Major, Study, Viterbi Class, Will, Work Leave a Comment

Freshman year at USC I found that finding a reliable study spot could be a difficult task. Leavey tended to be crowded, Doheny was fairly hit or miss, and many other places closed early. While this wasn’t a huge issue during the majority of the semester, when finals season rolled around finding a good place to study became a big …

Midterm Season

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Even though summer break ended a long time ago, the summer season just officially ended. Fall is here, but that also means that midterm season has arrived. In my experience, the first midterms of the semester are often the hardest to get through. Classes pick up the pace of learning and the material covered becomes more challenging. Time that you …

Staying Balanced by Taking Weight Training!

Celeste Goodwin Aerospace and Mechanical, Athletics, Celeste, Music, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

We’re back on campus and it’s already week 5, ah!! It’s my junior year and it’s been a busy one so far, but it’s soooo great. The photo above shows when I took a little time off by seeing John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl! Here, I wanted to describe a bit of what’s going on with me and my …

ISE, ISE Baby: My Life as an Industrial and Systems Engineer

Miles Kay Industrial and Systems, Major, Miles, Study, Viterbi Class, Why USC Leave a Comment

“Alright stop, collaborate and listen!” Though I’m not a huge Vanilla Ice fan (David Bowie’s “Under Pressure” is most DEFINITELY the superior song), this line from “Ice, Ice Baby” is one that expresses an important aspect of all majors in Viterbi, and most specifically my major: Industrial and Systems Engineering. For many prospective students, including myself in high school, Industrial …

Back to school? Back to the grind!!!

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After an exciting summer of interning and catching up with all my friends from back home, I had a yearning for my home away from home. I missed all the late night chats with friends, spontaneous adventures to get random food at places I’ve never heard of, rallying for the Trojans on gameday, etc, etc, etc… This year, I’m living …

Making Games for Directed Research!

Zachary Flores Computer Science, Major, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Zachary Leave a Comment

For the upcoming year I will be working as an engineer for an Augmented Reality rhythm game called Beatcaster! It is one of seven games picked to be developed in the USC Advanced Games Project (AGP) through the School of Cinematic Arts for the entire year. Most seniors studying Computer Science (Games) choose to work on one of these projects …

Starting Sophomore Year

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Going into my second year at USC, I’ll admit that I wasn’t too thrilled to start classes again. Summer had been a nice break of responsibility, and I was suddenly going to put plunged back into the thick of it. Adding to this dread was the fact that I was taking a group of notoriously challenging classes: CS 201, CS …

And We’re Back!

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And we’re back! After a summer full of classes and research that flew by, we’ve finally started up school again, and it’s time for another great semester here at USC. While it was definitely sad to be leaving again, I’m so excited to see what this year holds! Somebody wasn’t ready for me to leave I’m once again living in …

Engineers Can Have Fun, Too!

Dominie Miyasato Apartment, Biomedical, Dominie, Housing, Involvement, Major, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

My sophomore year has definitely started at a quick pace. I am going into week five of the semester, and I already have my first midterm and paper due! In case you are interested in the daily life of a biomedical engineering major, here is what my semester looks like so far. I am living in a four-person apartment and …

One Last Hoorah! (Entering Senior Year)

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“My name is Daniel I am a senior studying Biomedical Engineering.” I need a moment to let that sink in… This is my last fall semester as a college student. The beginning of the end. To kick the year off, Freshmen Academy Coaches welcomed all the new freshmen engineers at the New Student Welcome, an event filled with fun and …

Back in the US and Back at USC

Audrey Roberts Aerospace and Mechanical, Audrey, Professional & Academic, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

We are just finishing up the fourth week of school, and I can confidently say that summer has reached its end. I had a busy summer travelling around Europe, studying in Florence with Viterbi, and finally meeting my friends in Chicago to attend Lollapalooza. This was exhausting, challenging, and the most fun I could have ever had. While my whirlwind …

My Viterbi Summer Abroad

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For seven weeks this summer, I was lucky enough to be one of about 40 students in the Viterbi Summer Abroad program, which takes a handful of USC students and professors to a city in Europe. This year, it was held in Florence, Italy, where we took classes and engaged in relevant cultural experiences. As usual, four classes were offered: …

What is Computer Science (Games)?

Zachary Flores Computer Science, Major, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Zachary Leave a Comment

Two of the most common responses I get when I tell people I’m majoring in Computer Science Games are 1) “Oh so you do game design?” and 2) “So you must really play a lot of games”. And while a decent answer to both of these questions is yes, it’s not what CS Games is really about. I thought I’d …

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!

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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 …