Skiier. Outdoors Explorer. Mechanical Engineer.

Erica, Mechanical Engineer, Class of 2016

 Hey hey!! My name is Erica and I am just finishing up my freshman year at USC. I have lived in Chicago my whole life so packing up and moving to LA was definitely a huge adventure this year. While it was tough being in a totally new city so far away from home, choosing USC was easily one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I loved the spirited and friendly nature of “The Trojan Family” from the moment I set foot on campus and was attracted to the work-hard-play-hard attitude everyone seemed to exude.

USC had been my dream school since sophomore year and has everything I ever wanted in a university. Having known I wanted to study Mechanical Engineering while applying, Viterbi initially stood out to me because of its renowned reputation as a research university. What excited me even further, however, were all the opportunities to get involved in clubs that allow students to work together on projects and expand on their interests outside the classroom such as Engineers without Borders, Society of Women Engineers, and the ALIVE sustainability club. Aside from academics, USC had the big school atmosphere I was looking for and a community feel that is incomparable to any university I’ve visited. I loved the idea of meeting students from all different parts of the world and being part of a family with such an extensive variety of interests and talents.

Finally, the fact that I would be moving to Southern California was a huge factor for me. As a Mechanical Engineering major, Los Angeles has many opportunities for research or internships involving water purification, sustainable systems, and air pollution control.

I am an extremely active and outdoorsy woman and also wanted to head west so I could explore the geography around Southern California. Having access to the ocean and mountains has allowed me to pursue snowboarding, hiking, and surfing in my spare time. Being under the sun almost 365 days out of the year has been incredible and truly makes for the happiest people, (goodbye Chicago winters)!!! As a member of the ski and snowboarding club, I have even been able head up to Mammoth and get a taste of snow whenever I have a free weekend!!

USC has had such a positive impact on me after just one year and I want to share that impact with all of you!! Please feel free to contact me about classes, extra curriculars, social scene, being away from home, food, really anything at all…I would love to chat!! Hope to see you on campus next year, FIGHT ON!!!


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 Class of 2016

USC Ski & Snowboard Team (Events Coordinator & Recruitment Chair) | Engineers Without Borders | Society of Women Engineers (SWE) 

Why I Love LA
Aside from 365 days of perfect whether, there is always something exciting going on in LA. I spend my weekends going up to the mountains, hiking, going to concerts, visiting the farmer’s market in Santa Monica, and even running along the ocean. It is such an easy city to be active in and expand your horizons!! Plus…people always seem to be in a great mood (:  

Hobbies & Interests
I am a super outdoorsy girl and love snowboarding, hiking, hitting up the beach, and swimming in the ocean. Besides going on adventures, I absolutely love to dance, listen to music, and make greeting cards. I am a really outgoing person and enjoy meeting new people every day and hanging out with friends.