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 …

Going to College in LA: The Best 5 Things I’ve Done This Semester

Christina Najm Beach, Best of LA, Christina, Civil and Environmental, Free Time, Music, Sports, Students, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

The fall semester is halfway over! Midterm season is in full swing, teachers are starting to talk about final projects and papers, and Halloween is almost here! After living at USC and in downtown LA for over two years, I’ve learned a lot about all the exciting things to do off campus to get a break from school. This semester …

Being Gay at USC

Derek Jones Derek, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

When I first arrived at USC, no one in the world knew that I was gay. It was a really strange period in my life; towards the end of my senior year, I went through a lot of introspection, and gradually worked towards being comfortable with my sexuality. It was a really strange position to be in, coming to realize …

Viterbi Summer Institute, APPLY!

Mark Parent Beach, Best of LA, Campus Events, Civil and Environmental, College Applications, Dorm, Food, Involvement, Major, Mark, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Sports, Students, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

The Viterbi Summer Institute is a program put on through the Center for Engineering Diversity that gives minority students the opportunity to get acclimated to the school and the unfamiliar area prior to the start of classes. You basically get to experience college before starting your freshman year, making the transition a lot simpler. A total of 50 students are …

Treat Yourself! My Favorite Ice Cream Spots in LA

Natalie Kistler Best of LA, Biomedical, Food, Free Time, Natalie, Natalie K, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

For most, nothing screams summer like the sweet aroma of a freshly made waffle cone and a fat scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor. Although the cold weather in Kansas City never stopped me from eating ice cream in the middle of winter, luckily in beautiful LA, everyday feels like summer. For an ice cream fanatic like me, the …

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My Favorite Productivity Tools!

Lindsay Huang Computer Science, Lindsay, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I can’t believe my freshman year is over! Throughout my first semesters as an engineering student, I’ve definitely learned a lot of lessons—from both good and not-so-good experiences. One of the most crucial takeaways I got from this year is the huge importance of time management. Engineering students are undoubtedly busy. We’re juggling our difficult, technical classes with clubs, sports …

An AIChE Breaky Semester

Jacob Toney Chemical, Design Teams, Free Time, Involvement, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Research, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Happy Thursday folks! It’s another month, another blog, and another day in the life of a Viterbi student. The days have certainly been getting busier lately, with classes picking up and recruitment season starting, so stay tuned for more updates on that. In the meantime, however, the main event I’ve been looking forward to this semester is attending the annual …

Tips for Roommate Selection: You Won’t Regret Going Random!

Mark Parent Athletics, Beach, Best of LA, Civil and Environmental, Dorm, Food, Free Time, Housing, Involvement, Mark, Museums, Social & Diversity, Sports, Students, Study, Suite, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

When I had committed to come to USC, my first challenge was choosing where I was going to live. USC has many different freshman residence halls that is perfect for all types of students. Since I received a merit scholarship from USC, I chose to live in McCarthy Honors College in the brand-new University Village. The next thing I thought …

Staying on Top of Things: Managing Coursework in College

Derek Jones Derek, Free Time, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Life at a high-achieving school like USC, not surprisingly, has its ups and downs in terms of stress, time management, and fun. There are days where my workload seems insurmountable, and others where I feel totally in control. If you want to manage all this without making yourself stir-crazy, the key is to minimize these fluctuations. Sometimes it’s a bit …

Coolest Things I’ve Done at USC

Mahima Varanasi Computer Science, Food, Free Time, Mahima, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

I’m really into self-reflection at the moment, so as my first year has wrapped up, I wanted to look back at all of the cool opportunities I’ve had at USC, especially since I never saw myself doing these things as a computer science major in college. If you want to check out all of my Los Angeles adventures, you can …

Bonjour! Oui! Je Suis Paris!

Steven Douglass Abroad, Aerospace and Mechanical, Major, Steven, Study, summer, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

Welcome to my first installment of Study Abroad with Steven. Wow, that’s even more cheesy than anticipated. I just need somewhere to pour all of my amazing study abroad stories without any judgement of how much I talk about Europe and studying abroad.  The point of the cringeworthy alliteration above is that I want to share my experiences that I …

To Read or Not to Read? The Case for Taking Classes Outside Your Major

Sheetal Madnani Chemical, Free Time, Sheetal, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

This semester, I had the opportunity to take a Liberal Arts Reading Salon class here at USC titled CORE 200, which involved a class-curated reading list that covered an impressive eight works over the course of the semester. Prior to taking this class, I was already enrolled in an 18 unit course load, but my best friend convinced me that …

Storytelling as an Engineer

Madelyn Douglas Campus Events, Involvement, Madelyn, Professional & Academic, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

In my opinion, one of the most important—and underrated—parts of engineering is actually storytelling.  Engineered technologies such as social media, cinema, and VR tell powerful stories; moreover, I believe that engineers of any field can greatly benefit from harnessing the power of storytelling to communicate and contemplate ideas about new technologies of all kinds.  For me, USC’s writing education is …

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 …

My Top Five Favorite Study Spots On Campus

Alexandra Rennie Alex, 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 …

USC NSBE Takes On Detroit! – NSBE 45th Annual Conference

Mark Parent Civil and Environmental, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Involvement, Major, Mark, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Why USC Leave a Comment

USC NSBE chapter at the national conference USC NSBE chapter at the national conference As a freshman, I am so grateful that I joined NSBE because it gives me the support system I need to excel in my academics. For those wondering, NSBE stands for the National Society of Black Engineers whose mission is to “to increase the number of …

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 …