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


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.
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!

My Major at USC: Civil Engineering

My Favorite Classes
This is by far my favorite class that I have taken at USC (so far). We learned how to design steel, concrete, and wood structures!
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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?

My Favorite Shows

  • Insecure is a comedy that follows the life of Issa, an African American woman living in L.A., and all of the daily challenges she has to face. Everyone should watch this!

  • Psych is an comedy-drama series about a police consultant who convinces people that he is a psychic by using his heightened observation skills. If you haven’t seen this show yet, you’re missing out!