Taking a break from LA!

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Hey hey! It’s been a minute since I posted on here, summer was ridiculously busy but so much fun. I spent my summer interning at Edwards Lifesciences, a biotech company based in Irvine, CA– I worked as a manufacturing engineer in their Transcatheter Heart Valve Delivery Systems business unit, specifically on Pilot Operations. A lot of big words, I know, …

The ABC’s of Sophomore Year (Açai Bowls, Being Adventurous, and Career Preparations)

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Sophomore year is in full swing and I couldn’t be happier to be back on campus! Though the first few weeks have been fast-paced and challenging, they’ve also been rewarding and fun. I’m really excited to share some of the things I’ve been up to with you all, keep reading to discover my culinary endeavors, gameday experiences, and how I’ve …

Starting my Second Year in Chemical Engineering

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School is back in session! I am back and so excited for my second year of chemical engineering coursework. This semester I’m taking five classes: differential equations, thermodynamics, sustainability science, technology entrepreneurship, and analytical chemistry. One of my favorite parts about my major is that I am able to study chemical engineering and specialize in sustainable energy. I got to …

My Last Internship at Slack! What’s next?

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Highlights of summer 2018: enjoying a nice 60 degree summer, spending more on brunch and boba than I should have, interning at an amazing company (plus a trip to Six Flags!), and getting my first full-time job offer!! This summer, I was back at Slack in San Francisco for the second time, working as an engineering intern. I was back …

How a College Scholarship Took Me to Hollywood

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Rewind to Spring 2017 when I applied to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, I was a senior in high school trying to prepare for the price of college. In Fall 2017, I found out that I had been selected as a scholar! I was over the moon with excitement. Receiving a scholarship turned out to be just one opportunity granted to …

“A Little Bit of Everything” Kind of Summer

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The summer after my freshman year was a perfect blend of work, travel, and time spent relaxing at home. For the first seven weeks, I resided at USC to work in Professor Zavaleta’s research lab. As mentioned in my last blog post, Professor Z’s lab investigates the use of nanoparticles in detecting tumors with great precision. Every week day, I …

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)?

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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 …

Fight On!…What Does That Mean Again?

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Step on to USC’s campus and you’re bound to hear the phrase “Fight On” within the first 30 minutes. But what does this phrase actually mean? Upon touring USC I was first introduced to the phrase by my tour guide, and as I went around campus I frequently heard it said around me. However, while I found it a catchy …

Serve On! Why I’ve Made Community Service a Huge Part of My Life at USC

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In high school, I spent a lot of time doing community service. The projects I participated in ranged from tutoring and mentoring at a non-profit after-school and summer program to helping set up and man water stations at marathons. When I told my relatives about my involvement, they often remarked on how my service work would surely be looked upon …

Michelson Center: Research, Kitchens, and More!

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In addition to the USC village, the Michelson Center for Convergent Biosciences opened my freshman year! Again, the timing for me to attend USC could not have been better. The purpose of the Michelson Center is to provide a space for researchers of different specialties to come together and collaborate on tackling the most pressing health challenges of our era. …

Hacking Your College Packing

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You got into USC! Now what? After you Instagram your #IGotIntoUSC photo, I recommend making a packing list. To help get you started, here’s the one I used when I moved into Marks Tower last year. Planning ahead helped me avoid the long lines in the USC Village Target during move-in week. Check it out below! Make whatever changes you …

Adventure is Out There: Exploring LA as a Midwesterner

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Until I visited USC last March, I had never been to Los Angeles. When I arrived in LA for my campus visit, I knew very little about the city beyond its idyllic depiction in La La Land, a movie which left me excited to have those quintessentially LA experiences seen in the film. After my visit, I realized why all …

The Career Fair: Is It Worth It?

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For freshmen, there are few topics as polarizing as opinions on the career fair. Some students are eager for the chance to talk to recruiters and try to secure a summer position; others say it’s a waste of time, and no companies are willing to hire freshman interns. From upperclassmen, we hear the same divided perspectives, leaving many of us …

On the Airwaves at 1560 AM

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(And online at kxsc.org/listen) Hey Everyone! One of my favorite involvements on campus isn’t a part of Viterbi at all! Last fall I joined the student run radio station, KXSC Los Angeles. Going into college, I decided that I no longer wanted to continue marching band after high school, but I knew I wanted to find a way pursue music. …

Gamedays: The Tradition That Unites Us All

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Waking up bright and early on a Saturday to the fight song being played, everyone at USC knows what day it is: gameday. You can be from America or abroad, a Viterbi student or a Thornton professor, a sports enthusiast or an avid reader, a current student or a Trojan alumni, everyone in the Trojan family knows what a Saturday …

Calm, Cool, and Collected: Making Free Time in College

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I’m an engineering student. It’s fair to say that most of my time is spent in class, doing homework, or studying for those classes. Sprinkle in a few extracurricular activities, trips to the gym, group meetings, research team meetings, and free time becomes your most limited resource. I think all of us know that mental health is important, we just …