A Day in my (Italian) Summer

Rhea Choudhury Abroad, Rhea, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC 0 Comments

Hey guys!! Spring semester ended about 10 weeks ago, but summer has already been absolutely crazy!! As some of you may know, I was lucky enough to spend the last eight weeks abroad, taking classes through the Viterbi Overseas Program. A friend and I flew in early and traveled around London and Amsterdam, then we proceeded to spend the next seven weeks …

Roaming Around Rome: My Summer Abroad in Italy!

Jose Hernandez Jose, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer 0 Comments

Ciao Ragazzi! This summer has absolutely flown by, and I can’t believe there’s only about a month we all head back to USC! I’ve just had the most amazing 7 weeks studying abroad in Rome, Italy! As you might already know, I had the opportunity to do this as one of 42 USC students participating in the Viterbi Summer Overseas …

Bamboo Research in China!

Camila Salomon Gnecco Abroad, Civil and Environmental, Research, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus 0 Comments

Wow. Okay, this one is going to be hard to write. I feel like I could write a blog post about each individual day I spent in China, but hopefully I can sum up my trip in this one. This summer I got the pleasure of going to China to study bamboo as a structural and design material. This opportunity was thanks …

The Alumni Network is real!

Camila Salomon Gnecco Civil and Environmental, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

When people talk about USC, they always seem to mention the strong alumni network, the Trojan Family. And it’s true! I got to experience it first hand last Friday, when a USC Alumni, Catherine Tang, gave me a tour of a company I would love to work for in the future, AECOM. AECOM does it all, architecture, construction, consulting, management, …

Seaside Adventures Around LA

Camila Salomon Gnecco Beach, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

One of the coolest things about exploring Los Angeles is that you never know what you’re going to run into. I am definitely a beach person, so on the weekends I tend to look for little beach escapes around Los Angeles. Most recently I’ve gone to Point Dume Beach and Santa Monica, and both of those times I ran into some unexpected …

This Summer I Fled to the Other Side of the World

Namita Prakash Free Time, Internship, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

I love Southern California. I really do. But if there’s one thing that makes me forget that love rather easily, it’s the heat. I’ve yet to spend more than a single boiling summer in the SoCal area, and this year has been no different. Every summer, my family and I make the impossible journey back to Bangalore, India, where we’d lived …

Research with Robots: My Freshman Experience

Nathan Alvarez Aerospace and Mechanical, Involvement, Major, Nathan, Research, Study, Viterbi Life, Work 0 Comments

My freshman year, I was fortunate enough to start working in a research lab during my very first semester of college. As a part of the Viterbi Fellows program, I was exposed to various different research labs on campus with undergraduate assistant openings, and the Interaction Lab seemed the most aligned with my interests, so I emailed the faculty advisor …

Reflecting on Freshman Year: 5 Ways College Has Changed Me

Nathan Alvarez Campus Events, Free Time, Involvement, Nathan, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC 0 Comments

The fact that I am moving back to campus in a few weeks blows my mind. I still clearly remember how it felt opening my acceptance letter over a year ago. I was not sure exactly what to expect when coming to college, which I now realize makes sense because everyone’s experience is so different that it’s hard to explain …

Tracking the Old and Meeting the New: College Track Meets

Nathan Alvarez Campus Events, Free Time, Nathan, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

In high school, I was super involved with my cross-country and track and field teams, and that’s how I met some of my best friends. Suffering through long practices every day is a great way to bond with people, so that’s why I was so excited to hear that a couple of my old teammates were coming to race at …

My 10 Favorite Memories from Rome

Siena Applebaum Abroad, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer 0 Comments

Yesterday was my last day studying abroad in Rome with the Viterbi Overseas Program. The program has flown by far too fast but I’ve had an incredible past 7 weeks experiencing new cultures, making amazing friends, taking classes for my major and eating excessive amounts of pizza.   This has been a summer of so many wonderful memories, and here are just …

Hiking L.A.

Siena Applebaum Beach, Free Time, Hikes, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

Hiking and camping were some of my favorite activities back home in Santa Barbara, so one of my biggest worries about moving to Los Angeles was that it would be hard to spend time in nature in such a big city. That turned out to be far from the truth; it’s surprisingly easy to spend time outdoors in LA. One …

More Studying, Less StuDYING

Siena Applebaum Viterbi Life 0 Comments

Although it may not be the most fun part, a significant portion of your time at college (especially as an engineering major) will be spent doing school work. Knowing some pretty and peaceful spots around campus can make doing that work so much more productive and enjoyable. Thankfully, USC is absolutely beautiful, with gorgeous landscaping and perfect SoCal weather, so …

Brunch brunch brunch

Vanessa Pangbourne Food, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

There are very few things I love more than Sunday Brunch and so naturally, since moving to LA I have made it my personal mission to find the best eggs benedict in this city. LA brunch is not something to joke about so I have taken this mission very seriously. So far, I think I’ve been to at least tens …

Santa Monica Beach Social

Daniel Donchev Beach, Best of LA, Daniel, Free Time, Involvement, Social & Diversity, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

It’s 8:00 AM on a Saturday morning following a grueling week of school and my alarm clock is going off with no remorse for my groggy state of being. As I gain a more clear consciousness, I begin to realize that I wasn’t out of my mind setting that alarm the previous night. In fact, I have only an hour …

A Picture a Day Keeps the Boredom Away!

Shuntaro Nishi Abroad, Chemical, Free Time, Shuntaro, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer, Why USC 0 Comments

Hey Everyone!! I am currently writing this blog post finishing up my Viterbi Study Abroad in Rome. I am definitely feeling a mixture of emotions right now as I pack my stuff in this place I called home for seven weeks. During this trip, I decided to start a project during my trip in Rome of taking a picture once a …

Arriving as a Spring Admit

Daniel Donchev Apartment, Biomedical, Daniel, Entrepreneurship, Housing, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

When I received the news of my spring admission, I was overwhelmed with feelings of excitement and uncertainty. While I had just been admitted to one of the most prestigious universities in the country, I could not foresee how my late start would impact my academic and social life at USC as I would be missing out on a semester’s …