Meet Desiree

Civil Engineering
Class of ’19

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Hi! I’m Desiree, I’m a junior studying Civil Engineering and am from Fort Worth, Texas. On campus, I’m the Treasurer of The National Society of Black Engineers and a member of The American Society of Civil Engineers . I also spend time fundraising as a student caller at USC’s Office of Advancement after class. I spent the past summer interning at BNSF Railway with the engineering department where I learned about infrastructure, and rode on a few trains!When I’m not in class or studying, I like to visit one of LA’s many museums , catch a movie downtown, or relax on the beach! Keep scrolling to check out what my #ViterbiLife is like!

My Favorite Places in LA



BSA serves as the umbrella organization that oversees recognized Black student organizations at USC and gives students a chance to get to know other students of African descent on campus.
I’ve been playing soccer for as long as I remember and wanted to continue playing at USC, so I joined an intramural team with some friends!
I’m currently the Treasurer of NSBE, an organization that aims to: ”Increase the number of black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.” We work with the Center of Engineering Diversity to put on networking, professional development, and social events.

My Major at USC: Civil Engineering

My Favorite Classes
This was one of my favorite classes by far that I have taken at USC. We learned Solidworks, a 3D design software. My final project was designing an awesome coffee mug!
This seems really nerdy but OChem is one of my favorite classes I’ve taken at USC. I really like the material and the way of thinking to understand everything. I also have a bunch of friends going through the struggle with me so it makes studying way more fun!
Civil Engineering Blogs
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My Tips for You

Application Essays

Try to be genuine and don't overthink it. Just answer the questions honestly and make it something personal!

Application Extracurriculars

Talk about your favorite involvements, not just things that you think other people will be impressed by. You will be surprised what can spark conversation/make you stand out!

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Two Truths and a Lie

Can you guess which of these are true or false?
True! I still play soccer on an intramural team for fun.
True! I’ve had three surgeries, but I’ve never broken any bones!
False! I am a coffee addict. A cup a day keeps this girl happy!

My Favorite Shows

  • I am a little obsessed with the British monarchy, okay I am A LOT obsessed with the British monarchy. The Royals is basically Will and Kate meets Pretty Little Liars and is amazing 10/10 would recommend.

  • Riverdale is a new show on the CW and is a little teeny but I love it! It is based off of the old school Archie Comics and is a murder mystery.