Summer 2018: Energy, Internships, and Islands

Celeste Goodwin Aerospace and Mechanical, Celeste, Internship, Why USC, Women In Engineering

I can’t believe that summer is almost over… but it has been a great one!! My last blog post described how I got my summer internship at ENGIE Services U.S, a general contractor working on energy efficiency projects in school districts primarily. Back then, I didn’t know exactly how it would go, but now I know that it is an …

“A Little Bit of Everything” Kind of Summer

Dominie Miyasato Beach, Biomedical, Dominie, Free Time, Hikes, Research, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Why USC, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

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 …

What is Computer Science (Games)?

Zachary Flores Computer Science, Major, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Zachary Leave a Comment

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 …

Emphases: Just a Little Something Extra!

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When I started at Viterbi, I heard a lot of talk being thrown around about different emphases within engineering majors. I knew there were several different options within my major, but wasn’t really sure what the significance of an emphasis was. In fact, I really didn’t know anything at all about engineering emphases aside from the fact that they existed. …

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. …

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 …

USC Housing: My Experience in Pardee Tower

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For many incoming freshmen, dorming at USC will be your first real opportunity to live on your own and, for many, this opportunity will take you pretty far from home, across cities, state lines, or sometimes even oceans. So finding a place where one would feel the most comfortable can be integral to making the most of this experience. Since …

Decision Day

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Well, it’s that time of year again. May 1st, when the months long college grind comes to an end, is rapidly approaching. You’ve poured your heart and soul into your applications, anxiously awaited your decision letters, and are now faced with the choice of where you’ll spend the next four years – a decision that’ll determine the rest of your …

My Favorite Places in USC Village

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A grand opening for a grand start to freshman year… I got to be part of the inaugural freshman class to live in the new USC Village! I feel extremely lucky to have witnessed the village develop and eventually populate with eateries, shops, and people right outside my window. Here is my ranking of the best places in the village! …

The Road to Senior Year

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I seriously cannot believe it is almost the end of my junior year! It’s definitely surreal watching the Viterbi seniors experience their multitude of “lasts” knowing that I will be in that place next year. For today I’ll share some awesome events I’ve attended that usually wrap up the semester each year. Going to these events reminded me how absolutely …

Your First Semester at USC: ENGR 102 Academy

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Your first semester at USC is a crazy one, but Freshmen Academy is here to help you! You might be wondering, “What is ENGR 102, and why do I have to take it?” ENGR 102 is known as Engineering Freshmen Academy, and it is a 2-unit course that aims to help you settle into USC during your first semester, see …

Cardinal Gardens: The Heritage Lives On!

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Apartment, Best of LA, Housing, Ramiro, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

Now I know most people want to live in the new USC Village, with its prestigious new apartments and dorms. BUT I am here to tell you that if you don't manage to get into the village, there's a better option waiting to be taken! I have lived in Cardinal Gardens for two years, but by know you've probably heard ...

How I Got My Summer Internship: Networking Tips!

Celeste Goodwin Aerospace and Mechanical, Celeste, Internship, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Why USC, Women In Engineering

It’s the beginning of April, and the crunch to get an internship is really hitting hard. This is the time where most people are finalizing their summer plans, and I was still applying to positions and doing interviews! I was pretty stressed, but then I got a call from an unknown number. I picked up, and was told “We would …

Edwards Lifesciences Company Visit

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While I was fortunate enough to secure a summer internship during the fall semester, this does not mean that I’ve closed myself off from the many corporate events that are still happening on and off campus. When I found out that Edwards Lifesciences, a well-known medical device company, wanted to welcome a small group of USC students to tour its …

Songs from a Room: Engaging with the LA music scene

Rhea Choudhury Best of LA, Free Time, Music, Rhea, Students, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

Hey guys! We just got back from spring break, and it’s been such a strange adjustment coming back to school. I spent spring break road tripping through the Southwest with my parents, and saw a lot of incredible national parks and took literally over 1500 pictures. I’m forcing myself to save the editing for post-midterm season, but we’ll see how …