My advice to Incoming Students: Meet As Many People As You Can!

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Welcome week of freshman year I shook more hands and learned more names than any other weeklong span of my entire life.  Throughout freshman year you will be surrounded by a sea of interesting, intelligent, and creative people…my advice?  Meet as many as you can! Coming from tiny Clarendon Hills, Illinois, I couldn’t be more stoked to see so many …

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New/North Dorm Life

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  I could not have had a better experience living in the dorms freshman year.  I still remember the first week I moved into New/North.  Students would wander the halls anxious to meet one another, music blasting from neighboring rooms, and BBQ’s and games of Frisbee taking place in the courtyard.  I think I met more people during welcome week …

Engineering and the Human Eye

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One of the coolest things about studying engineering is getting hands-on experience and exposure to real-life applications in class.   In Physics 153, Optics and Modern Physics, we have three hours of lab time each week where we get to replicate experiments, natural phenomenon, and theories developed by renowned physicists and engineers.


Mechanical Engineering: Defying the Impossible

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  To me, Mechanical Engineering means excitement, adventure, possibility, and limitless.  It is a field that is constantly evolving and defying “the impossible.”  Mechanical Engineers use physical principals, materials science, thermodynamics, kinematics and mechanics to analyze certain products and machines, and design new and more efficient technology.  Because Mechanical Engineers have such a broad range of knowledge and skillsets, they …

A Simple Switch

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Break was a blast for sure but I am definitely super excited to be back in L.A.  This semester is especially exciting since I actually just decided to switch into Mechanical Engineering! Viterbi is set up so that most students take the same basic math and science classes like calculus, differential equations, physics, chemistry, and entry-level programming classes.  Because of …

Why The USC Ski and Snowboarding Team is the Bomb

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  I first learned of USC’s ski and snowboarding team through their Youtube channel when I was in high school. In the winter back in Chicago I’d sit in front of my computer for hours watching the park riders spin, flip, and pop in and out of the half-pipes and wishing I were a part of it. The videos were …

My Favorite Class: CE-210 Engineering Microbiology

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Sooo we’ve all got to play around with microscopes back in middle school, but what fun was looking at a strand of hair over and over again?? I realize how dorky this sounds but I never realized how amazing the microscopic world really is until starting this class back in August. Our class meets twice a week for about an …


Back To School Balance

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Ahhh so great to be back in sunny Los Angeles again!  I moved into my first apartment three weeks ago and am just starting to get into my regular routine again.  As a sophomore, I had a better understanding of how precious welcome week is and used it to my full advantage this time.  Up until syllabus-week ended, I have …

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Lollapalooza…Music Making the People Come Together

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From start-up bands to headliners like The Killers, Mumford and Sons, and Nine Inch Nails, lolla was an incredible way to explore all sorts of different styles of music.  As one of the largest and most renowned events Chicago hosts every summer, I felt it was time to finally be to be a part of it.   Yes it was a …


Solar Science

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            While skin cancer has always been more prevalent with old age, each year more and more frighteningly young people are being diagnosed.   Between lower ozone levels in our earth’s atmosphere, the invention of tanning beds, and our culture’s craze to attain that “sun-kissed-glow,” ultraviolet rays are penetrating our skin to the point of damaging …


Work Hard Play Hard: From Midterms to Malibu

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One of the reasons I left the Midwest for the sunny West Coast was to experience some serious adventures and have the opportunity to explore!!  Here at USC, we are spoiled with easy access to the ocean, mountains, and even deserts.  No matter how tough or stressful a week is, I simply think about my next weekend escapade and it …


USC In One Word: Diverse

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Growing up in a small, predominately white suburb of Chicago, I didn’t have a chance to experience true diversity until coming to USC.  As a highly acclaimed research institution, Viterbi attracts students of unique backgrounds, ethnicities, and cultures from every corner of the world.  I believe exposure to diversity is a crucial aspect of a complete learning experience.  Interacting and …

Engineering: Not So Bad!!!!

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Deciding you want to study engineering can be scary at first.  People will try to tell you that there is no free time, that it’s impossible to get a solid GPA, that fellow engineers are bland and anti-social.  As an extremely social and multi-faceted personality, these were the stereotypes that worried me most and almost deterred me from pursing my …