Top 10 USC Memories: Freshman to Senior Year

Madelyn Douglas Best of LA, Campus Events, Electrical, Hikes, Involvement, Life Outside Of Engineering, Madelyn, Major, Professional & Academic, Research, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

With my last classes of senior year finished, it took a lot of thinking for me to decide what my last blog posts would be about. Best ice cream stores in LA? A very important topic. Top articles on engineering ethics? Also worthwhile. But, I figured I would keep it simple and wallow in my senior-year nostalgic tears by blogging …

Why Chemical Engineering?

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One of the hardest parts about entering college, going through orientation, and even deciding where to go to college, is choosing your major. But what people don’t often tell you is that once you enter college, that decision doesn’t just disappear: there will be times you question your choice of major, there will be times you change majors accordingly, and …

Best of ITP

Madelyn Douglas Entrepreneurship, Involvement, Madelyn, Professional & Academic, Study, Video Games, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

With just a few blogs left before I graduate (please, hold your tears… @myself), I want to make sure I leave some information about a program that is home to many of my favorite and most rewarding classes—Viterbi’s Information Technology Program (ITP). Providing more unique minors (i.e. Video Game Programming, Digital Forensics, Innovation, Mobile App Dev, iOT Devices) than the …

BME + Hudson Clinic Volunteering/Shadowing!!

Natalie Kistler Biomedical, Natalie K, Service, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Coming into USC wanting to be both a biomedical engineering major and on the pre-med track, I was worried my coursework and involvements would become super one sided. Given the demands of an engineering curriculum, I was concerned that I wouldn’t have time to explore the medical field. While my curriculum and involvements do demand much of my time, I …

Minors: Unpacking the Myths

Sheetal Madnani Chemical, Professional & Academic, Sheetal, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

As I begin my sixth semester here at USC, I find myself feeling secure for the first time in three years in the fact that I decided to pursue a minor outside of the Viterbi School of Engineering.  As someone who has always been interested in areas outside of engineering, from history to politics to philosophy, deciding to pursue engineering …

When Humanities + Engineering Classes Overlap

Lindsay Huang Computer Science, Lindsay, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

As a computer science student, the majority of my classes are understandably very math heavy. When I do take other classes—such as thematic option or general education ones—they’re often completely unrelated to my technical courses (which is a pretty nice break!). Last semester though, I took CORE 104, a thematic option class centered around political philosophy. We read Karl Marx, …

Do Engineering Students Have a Life?

Nick Bortolon Aerospace and Mechanical, Best of LA, Nick, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

We’ve all heard the chiche: engineering students are too busy studying so they don’t have any time to go and have fun. Does this hold any truth? Absolutely not. If you look on any Viterbi publication, you might have seen the term “Engineering Plus” which refers to the idea of engineering students being more than just… well… engineering students. This …

No Ordinary Nature Blog: LA’s Best Natural Disasters

Madelyn Douglas Best of LA, Madelyn, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

While you probably can google “LA nature” and find lots of photos of Griffith Park, Joshua Tree, Santa Monica, or any other nearby relaxing hike and beach locations, I’m here for those of you looking for a more ~chaotic~ take! This semester, I’m taking one of my Thematic Option classes, CORE 103: “Predicting Disaster: The Applied Science of Seismology”, on …

Viterbi Summer Overseas: Paris!

Mark Parent Abroad, Civil and Environmental, Involvement, Major, Mark, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

This past summer, I had the amazing opportunity to go on Viterbi Summer Overseas and spend 7 weeks studying in Paris, France. This program takes about 40 students every year to a different country in Europe and is open to all engineering majors. On the contrary to traditional study abroad, going abroad with the Viterbi Overseas program is a lot …

My First Research – Work Outside Viterbi

Paul Lepe Computer Science, Involvement, Paul, Research, Uncategorized, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Coming into USC my mind was set on one thing, to do good enough in my engineering classes and gain enough experience to get an internship as soon as possible. As a first-semester freshman, I was not able to see further than what I was taught in high school, that internships are the only way to gain real experience. Over …

Treat Yourself! My Favorite Ice Cream Spots in LA

Natalie Kistler Best of LA, Biomedical, Food, 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 …

USC Has An Island Campus?!

Alexandra Rennie Alexandra, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Students, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

How many college kids can say that the university they attend has a campus on an island. Well if you go to USC you can! About 26 miles off of the coast of California, Catalina Island houses the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. The mission of this institute is “to encourage responsible and creative decisions in society by providing …

Never Too Late: Finding Your Passion as a College Student

Madelyn Douglas Computer Science, Electrical, Internship, Madelyn, Major, Professional & Academic, Study, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

An alternate title for this article could be “Yes, I Changed My Major Junior Year and Will Graduate on Time”, but I’ll get into that later.  Sometimes it can seem like everyone has it together in college, with their dream job at their dream company and a major taking them along that path.  Well, believe me, many of us start …

3D4E is the Club for Me

Natalie Kistler Biomedical, Design Teams, Natalie, Natalie K, Uncategorized, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Getting involved. For me, this idea was daunting as I started my freshman year. In college, there is pressure to get involved so that you both have fun and can market yourself well to future employers as an “involved” person. As a freshman, I too felt this pressure to dip my toe into the USC’s vast ocean of possibility so …

My Experience Taking a Class about Street Gangs

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Registering for classes is a stressful experience. For me, this involves trying to juggle required classes, long labs, and rate my professor reviews to piece together the perfect schedule while simultaneously biting my nails as the open spots in my preferred classes fill up. In addition to the required classes, USC students get the unique opportunity to take general education …

Why I transferred

Alice Gusev College Applications, Electrical, Transfer, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

My first year and a half of college, I attended the University of Washington Seattle. I met some of the best friends of my life, and had some really awesome adventures. I’m from Seattle, so it was nice being close to home and seeing my family often, but something was missing. I always had a life-long dream of living in …

USC is Music to My Ears

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One of my biggest fears applying to engineering schools was that I would lose my love for music and performance.  In high school, I spent about five hours a day certain times of the year in theatre and dance rehearsals, and played piano often at home on the weekends.  Many high school students have heard of the ominous “Sleep-Social Life-Schoolwork” …

Solo Travel and Backpacking Southeast Asia

Miranda Jernberg Abroad, Chemical, Miranda, Study, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

When my semester in Australia ended it was nearly July. I had watched all of my USC classmates get out of school a month earlier and was ready for summertime fun.I decided to take a solo backpacking trip through various countries in Southeast Asia. I was planning on travelling for four weeks with nothing but my backpack to places I …

Two Years Later: Reflecting on Why I Chose USC

Miles Kay Aerospace and Mechanical, Best of LA, Campus Events, Hikes, Major, Miles, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

It blows my mind that a little over two years ago I decided that I’d be attending USC. The last two years have gone incredibly fast; it’s crazy (and a bit scary) that I’m already halfway done with college. This year has been even better than my freshman year, and as I reflect on that decision I made two years …

What/How/Why USC

Shuntaro Nishi Campus Events, Chemical, College Applications, Involvement, Shuntaro, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

Why USC? You might be a senior choosing colleges or a junior starting to check out colleges or just curious to see what the hype is all about at USC. The reason I learned about USC was through my sister. I have always followed my sister around ever since high school as I copied her extracurricular activities and strived to …