Top 10 USC Memories: Freshman to Senior Year

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With my last classes of senior year finished, it took a lot of thinking for me to decide what my last blog posts would be about. Best ice cream stores in LA? A very important topic. Top articles on engineering ethics? Also worthwhile. But, I figured I would keep it simple and wallow in my senior-year nostalgic tears by blogging …

I Will Never Complain about Three-hour Labs Again

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Campus Events, Dominie, Involvement, 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 …

Best of ITP

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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 …

A Half Semester But A Full Heart

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I love doing semesterly recaps: be that through a witty end of semester Instagram post captioned with a pun that makes every one of my followers groan, by means of a blog post (like this one!), or in the context of an intense night of journaling. But I’ve never before had to try to reflect on a semester that was …

Bored at Home? Update on Online Classes!

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It has been about a week since spring break and the university has switched to online classes for the remainder of the semester. Though I’m sad that the remainder of the semester is online, there are some benefits of being home! For starters, I get a full 9 hours of sleep every night and have been able to spend more …

AAEES and Other Major-Specific Organizations in Viterbi

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I hope you’re all doing well, staying safe, and taking care of yourselves and others! Viterbi is all about community forming, and collaboration between students. This isn’t just something you hear as a prospective student, but an ideal that plays out in classrooms, study lounges, libraries, and all around campus. Especially now, being away from USC, I’ve started thinking more …

Relieving Stress ASAP!

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College can be stressful on its own, but especially requires stress-relieving habits each day in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As humans, we naturally do not respond well to uncertainty and change, and not knowing what will happen in the next few months paired with major lifestyle changes takes a lot of adjusting to. While I spend the next …

Things I Already Miss About USC

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It’s been a crazy few weeks. Within the span of a few days, we went from testing out our online capabilities at USC to being online for the rest of the semester! As a senior, this has been particularly hard. A few of my friends left for spring break not knowing they wouldn’t come back for the rest of the …

How I Found My Summer Internship!

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USC offers many resources when it comes to finding a summer internship or to have a job lined up after graduation. Between the Viterbi Career Center, Viterbi Career Fair, and company partnerships, there are tons of opportunities to go around; you just have to be looking! Every semester, the School of Engineering puts on a Career fair with over 180 …

Goodbye Comfort Zone, Hello Songwriting!

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As someone who has spent over 85,000 minutes listening to music last year (thanks, Spotify wrapped), I’ve been hoping to at least attempt making music at some point in my life. Knowing myself realistically, I have a hard time making time for projects like creating a song outside of classes. The solution? Force yourself to enroll in songwriting at USC’s …

BME + Hudson Clinic Volunteering/Shadowing!!

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Coming into USC wanting to be both a biomedical engineering major and on the pre-med track, I was worried my coursework and involvements would become super one sided. Given the demands of an engineering curriculum, I was concerned that I wouldn’t have time to explore the medical field. While my curriculum and involvements do demand much of my time, I …

4 Years Later: Why USC Then, and Why USC Now

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Then As a high school senior, I explored a variety of schools to figure out what I was looking for in my college experience. With my passion for math and science in mind, and hoping to leave the east coast chill behind for California, one of my first college tours was Caltech. This was a turning point in my college …

ASBME Makeathon: An Experience to Remember

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Every February, the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering, the premier biomedical engineering student organization on campus, hosts an undergraduate medical device design competition called the Makeathon. 12 to 15 teams of four or five students have 30 hours to brainstorm, 3D model, and prototype a device that solves a real-world health challenge. In the past, the challenge has been proposed …

Why USC: Benefits of Being a Trojan

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Choosing a college is a monumental life decision, where you essentially choose where you’re going to spend the next 4 years of your life, not to mention your lifelong friend group. Many of you are patiently awaiting your admissions letters in the mail and if USC was not your dream school (believe me it wasn’t mine either), you’re probably wondering …

A Love Letter to my SI Leaders

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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 …

Anxiety in College

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Recently, I’ve fallen into a place where I feel like I’m juggling too many things at once. Like Heracles slaying the Hydra, no matter how many tasks I finish, another two or three seem to rear their heads. In a typical week, I have well over ten time-consuming academic tasks, two two-hour meetings, and three thee-hour labs. On top of …

Why I am BME and Pre-med

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Whenever I tell people that I am both a biomedical engineering and pre-medical student, they look at me like I’m absolutely crazy. Which, maybe I am… The next question I get is why? The answer to this question is extremely nuanced, and before I go into my story, I want to share the different perspectives and profiles of BME/pre-med students …