What’s it like working at a startup?

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Internship, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Yingyu

Happy day before spring break! Before I head out to Lake Tahoe for the weekend, I wanted to share some thoughts about an incredibly hot topic. Startups have been all the rage recently, as we can definitely see in that all-too-relevant meme: “Hey I have a startup idea, can you handle the development? I’ll handle the business side.” Especially being …

Prototyping a Prosthetic in 48 Hours (ASBME Makeathon)

Daniel Donchev Campus Events, Daniel, Design Teams, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Involvement, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

This past weekend I participated in ASBME’s Makeathon, an annual 48-hour hardware competition in which teams of four to five individuals collaborate to address a medical challenge. At 6 PM on Friday, the twelve participating teams were briefed on the prompt that would be consuming their time and efforts for the next two days. This year, teams were tasked with …

It’s Happening! AthenaHacks 2018

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Design Teams, Entrepreneurship, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering, Yingyu

While it might be midterm season for some… it’s AthenaHacks season for me! (Just kidding, databases midterm on Monday!) Months and months of planning have led up to these 24 hours. This weekend, I’m running AthenaHacks, which is an all-female hackathon hosted here at USC! Last year, a couple of friends and I co-founded AthenaHacks, so it’s only our second …

Why I became a part of the Trojan Family

Rhea Choudhury Biomedical, Free Time, Major, Rhea, Students, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

Hey guys! It’s Explore season here at SC, and it’s been so much fun getting to meet some of you guys around campus!! Since coming to college, one of the most common questions I get asked is why I picked USC, so I thought I’d dedicate a post on what drew me to become a Trojan. Backstory, in high school …

Why USC? My Top 3 Reasons

Nathan Alvarez Aerospace and Mechanical, Music, Nathan, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC

When I was looking at different colleges, there were three primary factors that I looked for- strong academics, fun social life, and an enjoyable location. Usually schools excelled at one or two of these topics, but finding a place that I felt like I could really have all three was not an easy challenge. However, USC’s strong combination of these …

Why I Chose USC

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Why USC

Now that I am on the other side of college decisions it's fun to look back and think about the whole process. For a good chunk of your junior and senior years of high school the college application process really takes over your life. You're worried about taking the SAT, writing good essays, researching different universities and their programs. Honestly, ...

I Can’t Imagine Not Fighting On

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

It’s true; I really can’t. Just three years ago, I stepped foot onto USC’s campus for the second time, having been admitted to USC. (See little Nat below.) This week I'm doing a Q&A on my experience with USC's application process, student life, and resources. Q: Why did you ultimately decide to attend USC? A: This is a photo from …

Current Favorite Class: The Dreaded Mechops

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Ramiro, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life

Whether you are in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Astronautical engineering, and even if you aren't, you'll probably at one point hear about the dreaded Mechoptronics class. You'll probably hear that it's the hardest and most time consuming class AME and ASTE students have to take. You'll hear about the long report writing nights, the tough labs that press you for time, ...

A Man of Many Majors

Timothy Marino Chemical, Industrial and Systems, Major, Study, Tim, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Hey guys, I have a major update for all of you: I have, once again, switched my major. This past week, I officially switched my engineering discipline from Chemical (Petroleum) Engineering to Industrial and Systems (Operations) Engineering with a minor in Petroleum Engineering. For those of you that know my storied history of switching majors within Viterbi, I realize this …

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 …

Changing Things Up Second Semester Junior Year

Aarya Suryavanshi Aarya, Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Viterbi Life

What’s up! I hope you guys have had a kick butt first few weeks back to school. I know a lot of people don’t really do New Year’s Resolutions, but I sure buy into that societal norm. I’ve decided to change some things about the way I do college, which I will outline below. By “change” I really mean alter …

Settling Into a New Semester

Daniel Donchev Best of LA, Biomedical, Daniel, Entrepreneurship, Food, Free Time, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Service, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

It’s 2018. I’m now a second semester junior and it’s showing in my course work. Four of the classes I’m taking are upper division including my senior design project class, BME-405, in which we are expected to collaborate in teams to design and implement a device for monitoring or therapy that could develop into a commercial product. We’re going to …

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 …