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 …

Five Factors that led me to USC!

Daniel Donchev Biomedical, Daniel, Major, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

USC was not my dream school; in fact, I didn’t have a dream school. At the beginning of the college application season, I was not entirely sold on engineering being my future, let alone biomedical engineering. But as the decisions started arriving in the month of April, I started visiting college campuses and interacting with students who lived there, trying …

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 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 …

Winter Break Extravaganza

Shuntaro Nishi Free Time, Internship, Involvement, Major, Shuntaro, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Work

“So what did you do over the break?” The ultimate ice breaker for students when they return for the spring semester. I decided to take this post to discuss what I exactly I did. The first thing I did was sleep. After finals season I needed to get some energy back. After a full day I went back to working …

An Actually Winter-y Break Outside of SoCal

Celeste Goodwin Biomedical, Celeste, Food, Free Time, Viterbi Life, Why USC

We’re back in classes now, my fourth semester at USC ahhhh, but that doesn’t mean I have forgotten about winter break yet! It was an awesome time, and gave me a nice rest up for the next semester to come. One of my first activities of break was going to Mammoth Mountain to go snowboarding with my USC friends! We …

Holiday Seasons with the Trojans!

Shuntaro Nishi Campus Events, Free Time, Involvement, Shuntaro, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC

The holiday season. The season of giving. What a wonderful time for student organizations to get together and escape from the stress of looming finals ahead of us. Whatever you celebrate, USC has something in store for you. Whether it be an ugly sweater contest to a huge bonfire in the middle of the lawn, this holiday season is full …

USC iPodia: A “classroom without borders”

Rhea Choudhury Abroad, Rhea, Study, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

Hi guys! Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season so far!! I can’t believe it’s already (basically) December, this semester went by so fast. I absolutely love Christmas, so you know I’ve been blasting Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey for the last few weeks straight (also fun fact, Sia dropped a Christmas album?! wHAT?!). LA has a lot of …

Professor or Possible Best Friend !

Shuntaro Nishi Free Time, Involvement, Shuntaro, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer, Why USC

The other day in my student organization, we were having an ice breaker where we discussed our favorite class at USC. Even though my answer wasn’t technically at USC, Industrial Systems Engineering 460, Engineering Economy. The class offered very practical skills of taking costs and profits of a business to see if the company is justifiable for investment at the …

USC Visions and Voices: I SAW HAMILTON FOR FREE!!!

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

Hi guys!! With midterms and exams coming to a close, the last few weeks have been a little more relaxed for me, which, after a very stressful semester, has been a relief. I’ve been doing more fun LA things with my free time, mostly because I missed photography and needed some space from campus. Last Friday, a friend and I …

Viterbi Expo- My Most Asked Questions

Nathan Alvarez Aerospace and Mechanical, Campus Events, Free Time, Involvement, Major, Nathan, Research, Social & Diversity, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC

This past weekend was the Viterbi Student Expo, which was a chance for prospective students to come check out Viterbi and see what the school is like. As a VSA, my job was to lead groups on tours of various student labs. I answered countless questions throughout the day about my life as an engineering student at USC, so here …

Learning Through Hiking with Peaks and Professors!

Celeste Goodwin Best of LA, Biomedical, Celeste, Free Time, Hikes, Why USC

Last weekend I decided to take a break from my day-to-day campus activities and head off into the wilderness…of Pasadena, CA. I went on a hiking trip with one of my favorite clubs on campus, Peaks and Professors! The goal of this club is to take people out into nature and go hiking, while also encouraging dialogue between professors and …

Career Fairs, Internships, and Jobs. Oh My!

Celeste Goodwin Biomedical, Celeste, Internship, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Work

It’s October so what does that mean… interview season!! Yes it is also Halloween and fall and all of that fun stuff, but it’s also the time when Viterbi students start going through recruitment for jobs and internships. That may seem super early, because it is! Some companies interview in the fall and some interview in the spring, but in …

Why GE’s are Actually Amazing

Namita Prakash Namita, Study, Why USC

Hello Hello! It has been another whirlwind of a week! Wow. Sophomore year is continuing to be super busy, but it’s still super gratifying to be growing so much as a computer scientist. I still love my CS classes, but now I’ve even come to really appreciate the GE I’m taking. Yes, USC does have a General Education (GE) program. …

#ThroughHerEyes: From Elementary School to Viterbi

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Why USC, Women In Engineering

One of my main role models, Melinda Gates, is asking girls in computer science to share their stories of how they got into computing with the hashtag #ThroughHerEyes. I thought I would share my story here with you all since a caption on social media can’t capture it fully. Here’s my story… As a child, I was fortunate that my …

Organize yourself to join Student Organizations

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Computer Science, Design Teams, Involvement, Ramiro, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Why USC

Getting involved with a school organization is definitely a great part of the college experience. With some organizations, you’ll be able to make new friends and go on different adventures, while other organizations will put classroom lessons into practice. Whichever you decide to join, not limited to either type, you will find many opportunities for growth and learning. For me, …

Hello World! (Hehehe)

Namita Prakash Computer Science, Namita, Study, Viterbi Class, Why USC

Sophomore year so far has been WOW. It has been ridiculously intense in every way, and now midterm season is starting up. The nights are getting later, but everything about sophomore year has somehow still been even better than freshman year, and I think a huge reason for this are my two Computer Science classes. My CSCI 170 Discrete Methods …

Watching Movies For Class Credit. Seriously.

Shayna Goldberger Shayna, Why USC

When you think of the classes an engineering student takes in college you might it’s all really complicated math, lots of theoretical science, long labs with crazy chemicals, and highly technical, focused classes on the particular type of engineering. While those are a big part of an engineering curriculum (but in reality, aren’t as scary as they may seem), while …