My Advice to Freshman

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Push yourself—do the hardest thing you can do. Being in-over-your-head is how you grow. They’ll teach you a lot at Viterbi, but discipline is the most important thing to learn and you have to figure that one out for yourself. If you aren’t 100% committed to one of the engineering disciplines, then select a broadly-applicable one (i.e. mechanical, electrical, or industrial & …

One day in LA

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While giving a tour to prospective students, I received an excellent question: “We have one day left in LA. What should we do?” Step 1: brunch at Best Fish Taco in Ensenada This place is cheap, fast, and delicious. In my opinion it represents the best of the Los Angeles food scene, and it’s one of my favorite places to …

USC in a Word: Crucible

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As I’m preparing to leave this University, I can’t help but look back and reflect on the man I am now and who I was when I entered USC as a freshman. To sum up four years of this rich experience is difficult, but I’ve selected Crucible because I believe it best highlights how adversity has forged me into a …

My Housing Experiences

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I’ve already written about my (incredible) freshman housing experience in the New/North dorms here. I’m going to use this post to talk about where I lived during my other 3 years at USC. My sophomore year, I lived in Century Apartments. Century is located across the street from the North side of campus and is University-owned. I lived with 3 …

My Spring Semester at a Glance

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This is my last semester of college, and it’s looking like I’ll be going out with a proverbial bang. I’m taking 4 classes to wrap up my degree in biomedical engineering (emphasis electrical). MATH445 Mathematics of Physics and Engineering II, ISE460 Engineering Economy, EE357 Basic Organization of Computer Systems, and BME405 Senior Design Project. My favorite courses thus far have …

Game Day

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Wake up. On second thought, it’s Saturday, hit the snooze button. Okay, wake up. It’s game day. Roll out of bed, knock on your friend-down-the-hall’s door. Get him up. Cruise to EVK. You should probably eat well, it’s going to be a long day. You get the chef’s to cook some vegetables into an omelette for you. Mmm, unlimited guava juice. …

Beyond Engineering: GE’s

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One of the things I looked for in a university was size – I knew that this would be an impetus for diverse class selection. USC’s General Education (GE) system did not disappoint. Some of my most profound and fulfilling insights have come from material I learned outside of engineering, in my GE’s. Here’s a snapshot of the classes I’ve …

Stress Management

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It’s no secret that engineering is one of the most rigorous course curriculums you can pursue – stress management is an essential part of your development as an engineering student. Here’s how I do it: 1. Reward your successes. Incentivizing hard work and rewarding yourself when you achieve your goals is a great exercise in relieving stress. I like to …

Living in Los Angeles

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I come from a rural part of Northern California – one of the big reasons I chose USC is its location at the heart of Los Angeles. Here are some of my favorite places and experiences: 1. The view from Griffith Observatory My first day in a new city always goes like this: grab local cuisine, and find the best …

Memories

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First presentation in my BME101 class (presented on visual prosthetics) The view at night from Griffith Observatory Sneaking on to the top of SGM Biking home from the library at 4am, and the beautiful lights in front of Doheny Accidentally sleeping through a PSYC101 midterm Skinny dipping in the Pacific Understanding MRI’s for the first time in BME425 My first …

Where I Study

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I’m taking 3 lab sciences this semester, so it’s no surprise that I’ve got studying on my mind. As a senior I think I’ve perfected my USC Library selections, and I’d like to share them with you.   For That Between Class Productivity Session: Mudd Hall Library of Philosophy This is the most beautiful library on compass, in my opinion. …

That’s a wrap.

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What a summer. From a personal growth standpoint, this summer hit a transcendental sweet spot. While it may not have been as fun as Viterbi Abroad, I’ve learned a lot about what matters to me and why, and about my aspirations and goals. This is just to say that I’m a better man than the one who left USC 3 …

What I’ve been up to

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I’m going to be honest everyone: I miss USC so much. I miss walking to class. I miss usually getting there on time. I miss Seeds sandwiches. I miss hanging around the RTH Café between class and running into friends and classmates (usually both at the same time). I miss my difficult classes. I miss living with friends. I miss …

My Summer

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To reiterate what everyone else is saying: summer is sweet. I’ve enjoyed the lack of stress and surplus of free time. I’ve been investing all this free time in catching up on getting back in peak physical condition, reading (almost done with Dante’s Inferno and halfway through Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Nature, great reads would recommend), catching up with old friends, and …

Summer: in the Silicon Valley

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The end of the academic year always arrives with much relief but a touch of bittersweet nostalgia. It’s been an outstanding year; I’ve definitely learned and grown the most this year. But now I’m looking forward to summer – always a well-received break from the rigor of engineering studies. Last summer I did Viterbi Summer Abroad (you can read more …

Coolest class: EE202 Woodshop day

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Every year, students in EE202 (linear analog circuits) design and build an electric guitar as a final project. The idea is to use your knowledge of analog circuits and filter design to create and implement different filters for the sound of your instrument. Steve and I partnered up, and grabbed our materials – a long block of wood and an …

Why I Chose USC

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Rather than posting about the happenings of my week, this post is going to outline some of my key factors when I was selecting schools, and where USC stood in these factors. First off is the Academics: The only reason I went to college is to learn more, ultimately. The quality of the engineering program of a school was one …