Turning Expectations Into Reality (Why USC)

Daniel Donchev Best of LA, Free Time, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer, Why USC Leave a Comment

In the past, I’ve written a blog about the five factors that led me to attending USC. Check it out if you haven’t already! This time around I want to talk about the goals and expectations I set for myself prior to my first day as an undergrad and whether I was able to meet them during my four years …

Getting Involved with SHPE

Miranda Jernberg Chemical, Involvement, Miranda, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

It all began at the on-campus club fair in Fall 2017. I was eager to get involved with USC’s clubs and organizations, but I had no idea how one club in particular would change my college experience. The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) had a table set-up with a bunch of photos showing off their social gatherings at KBBQ, …

Volunteering for extra credit? It’s more likely than you think

Zachary Flores Computer Science, Involvement, Service, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Zachary Leave a Comment

Over the Summer I taught at the CS@SC summer camp, teaching basic Computer Science concepts to middle school students through Scratch. The same professor that runs the camp annually is the professor for my software engineering class, CSCI 201. During one of the first lectures, he offered extra credit for signing up and teaching a mini course through USC’s Joint …

Dancing Queens: The 2018 SWE Social

Luz Camacho Computer Science, Involvement, Luz, Social & Diversity, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

The 2018 SWE Social! An evening of being bused off to a surprise location in cocktail attire surrounded by other fellow SWE members ready to let their hair down in a night of fun and dancing! This year’s surprise location was at a venue Candela, a Mexican food restaurant which doubles as a dance club. SWE members had the entire …

Starting Sophomore Year

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Going into my second year at USC, I’ll admit that I wasn’t too thrilled to start classes again. Summer had been a nice break of responsibility, and I was suddenly going to put plunged back into the thick of it. Adding to this dread was the fact that I was taking a group of notoriously challenging classes: CS 201, CS …

And We’re Back!

Jacob Toney Apartment, Chemical, Housing, Involvement, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Students, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

And we’re back! After a summer full of classes and research that flew by, we’ve finally started up school again, and it’s time for another great semester here at USC. While it was definitely sad to be leaving again, I’m so excited to see what this year holds! Somebody wasn’t ready for me to leave I’m once again living in …

Engineers Can Have Fun, Too!

Dominie Miyasato Apartment, Biomedical, Dominie, Housing, Involvement, Major, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

My sophomore year has definitely started at a quick pace. I am going into week five of the semester, and I already have my first midterm and paper due! In case you are interested in the daily life of a biomedical engineering major, here is what my semester looks like so far. I am living in a four-person apartment and …

One Last Hoorah! (Entering Senior Year)

Daniel Donchev Free Time, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

“My name is Daniel I am a senior studying Biomedical Engineering.” I need a moment to let that sink in… This is my last fall semester as a college student. The beginning of the end. To kick the year off, Freshmen Academy Coaches welcomed all the new freshmen engineers at the New Student Welcome, an event filled with fun and …

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

Miles Kay Free Time, Involvement, Miles, Service, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

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 …

Three Cheers for the New and Improved Membership Banquet

Luz Camacho Computer Science, Involvement, Luz, Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Every end of semester, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers puts on a typically small membership appreciation banquet as a thank you to its members, a cheer to the end of the semester, and as a way to recognize certain members in SHPE. These recognized members really embraced one of the five pillars of SHPE: academic development, professional development, chapter …

Space or Nothing: USC RPL Static Fire

Audrey Roberts Aerospace and Mechanical, Astronautical, Audrey, Design Teams, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

One of the highlights of my freshman year was being involved in the USC Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, which is USC’s entirely student-run undergraduate research laboratory determined to send a rocket to space. We are currently working on our third attempt at reaching space with a vehicle called Traveler III. The group has been designing and testing this rocket for many …

Banquet Season >> Finals Season

Vanessa Pangbourne Social & Diversity, Vanessa, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

 Junior year is quickly coming to its end (what?? how??) and with the end of every year come fun celebrations. Last week SHPE (The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) had their first ever MemberSHPE Appreciation Banquet where Vice Dean Jones was the Keynote Speaker. It was so much fun to celebrate a great year with my favorite org on campus ...

Travel With Your Research Lab

Siena Applebaum Aerospace and Mechanical, Research, Siena, Uncategorized, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Hi wonderful human beings, There are a lot of reasons to consider getting involved in research as an undergraduate. Getting hands-on technical experience, being a part of cutting-edge discoveries, and fostering close relationships with really cool professors are just the tip of the iceberg. Another incredible opportunity that can come from working in a lab is being able to attend …

American Society of Civil Engineers takes Tempe, AZ!

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Design Teams, Desiree, Professional & Academic, Uncategorized, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

One of the student organizations I’m in is the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), one of the many professional engineering organizations on campus. Unlike most of the other professional engineering clubs though, ASCE consists of student led design teams within the org. The design teams include Concrete Canoe, Environmental, Geotech Wall and Steel Bridge (which is what I’m on!). …

NSBE National Conference!

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs

I just want to start off by saying that NSBE Nationals is by far one of the best experiences I’ve had since at USC, and it’s definitely because of the people. For those of you who aren’t familiar with NSBE, it stands for the National Society of Black Engineers, and our mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible …

Prototyping a Prosthetic in 48 Hours (ASBME Makeathon)

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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 …

Settling Into a New Semester

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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 …

Semester Recap (Fall 2017)

Daniel Donchev Daniel, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Internship, Involvement, podcast, Professional & Academic, Service, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Work Leave a Comment

I’m in utter disbelief! After having such an action-packed summer, I expected this semester to drag on, but it actually flew by at an alarmingly fast rate. I think this is largely because of all of the really great opportunities I’ve been fortunate to have outside of class. Here are some of them: 1. 1000 Pitches -Today we hit 1000 …