My Advice for Freshman: A Cute Powerpoint!!

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Hey Guys! I made this powerpoint when I was a Freshman Academy coach my sophomore year (which is a class you will take your first semester). It’s full of general advice to keep in mind your first year, so I’ll walk you through it. The first tip is about time management. The biggest tip I’ve developed is to start difficult …

Best Weekend Ever!! – Renaissance Fair and Horse Vaulting

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This past weekend was a perfect example of how being in college and living in LA gives random and fun opportunities. My roommate and I have been looking forward to going to the Renaissance Fair all year. The fair is held every April about 30 minutes out of downtown LA. We finally went this year, and it was such a …

A Weekend with SWE (Society of Women Engineers Regional Conference)

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This past weekend I was in Salt Lake City for the Society of Women Engineers Regional Conference! We brought 12 current and future leaders of our section. Because it’s in March, the regional conference is the perfect time to help potential leaders for next year get a bigger picture of what SWE is, learn leadership and management techniques, and align …

A Day with Mom!

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This Saturday my mom popped in after a conference and we had a really awesome day together around USC. I though I’d share it with you! My family is split between Indiana and Virgina, so I don’t get to see them very often. Usually once during the summer and once at Christmas, so I was super excited to see my …

My Freshman Housing Experience – Pardee Tower

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Last year, I wrote a little blog about how I spent my freshman year in Pardee tower, check it out! http://viterbivoices.usc.edu/emily/my-freshman-dorm-pardee/ I thought I’d just add a couple more thoughts in reflection and nostalgia. While sharing a room does kind of suck, I recommend it for at least your first year in college, especially in a dorm where everyone is …

Society of Women Engineers: My Presidential Checklist

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Hello everyone!! Since it’s been on the top of my to-do list recently, I thought I’d show you the inside workings of SWE, Viterbi’s largest student organization (233 members at my last count), and give myself a nice little reminder of the things I need to accomplish in the process. This year, I was elected President of SWE at USC, …

Spring Semester At A Glance

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Hello again! I’m looking forward to a truly awesome semester and I’d love to tell you about it! First of all, my classes are amazing. I’m taking ISE 344, Engineering Team Management to grow as a leader and practice building teams with stubborn, know-it-all engineers. I have that class with Cassandra, Melanie, and Brendon, so obviously it’s going to be …

How to Choose a College

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These are the schools I was trying to choose between about 4 years ago as a senior in high school. So in light of the difficult decision, I thought I’d share some of my process in choosing a college. I’m going to list the major characteristics that I was looking for and how I decided what worked for me. Size: Most …

Public Speaking as an Engineer: a VERY useful skill

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I’m sure you can all picture the stereotypical view of an engineer: brilliant, introverted, unable to look you in the eye and have a pleasant conversation, much less speak rationally in front of a crowd of people. Maybe it’s because I had practice performing throughout my life in plays and choir, but I love public speaking! I have to be …

Choosing Classes: A Balancing Act

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Today I registered for my last semester of classes at USC (pause for nostalgic moment). My remaining required classes for my major are Spacecraft Mission Design, and Spacecraft Dynamics, 2 classes that will be filled with other smart people passionate about Astronautics. However, to graduate, I need 2 more classes that fulfill the engineering degree’s Technical Electives. Tech Electives are …

1st Parent’s Weekend (that my family actually came to)

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I’m from the middle of nowhere Indiana. People always ask me “Oh, where?” even though they’ve never heard of any place in the state besides Indianapolis. So when I say “Kokomo…” , they just make some joke about the beach boys song (which I thought was written about my midwestern town and not a tropical paradise when I was little). Therefore, …

Halloween: Supernerd Style

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There is no place to have a fun Halloween like on a college campus, and in the past I have been too lazy/cheap to go all out with the halloween costume stuff. However, this year my roommate and I are going all out as: FRODO AND SAM! My roommate, Ali, is an international relations major, chinese minor, something else minor… …

My Favorite Student Involvement: USC Equestrian Team!

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Maybe you read before that I’m the President of the Society of Women Engineers this year, and I would have to say that is my favorite club, however, Natalie already wrote an awesome  Blog about it, so you can check that out if you’re interested in SWE. Instead I’ll talk about a club that I just joined last semester, but that I already …

My Tried-And-True Study Techniques

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I should start this blog by saying that I really don’t enjoy studying, and I love to put it off as long as possible. I’m not sure if this makes me more or less qualified to share my techniques, but they’ve stood up under a lot of pressure and not enough time. Different applications require different techniques, so I’ll break …

How to Have an Awesome Design Project: Light-Mills!!

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Step One: Recruit some amazing partners, like my fellow VSA, Caitlin Sarian Step Two: Choose a cool project that you have a personal interest in, but isn’t too big to accomplish in a semester. I’ve always been fascinated with space and energy technologies, so one night this summer I was lying in bed thinking about solar sails and wondering if …