Staying Healthy in College

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Blogged on a break from working on my senior design project. Something that I’ve recently been working on more in my life is health and fitness! It’s something that is definitely challenging to fit in, but so important to maintaining a balanced lifestyle. On campus, the best resource for this is the Lyon Center.  This is the gym on campus …

My Best Advice to Freshmen- Get to know EVERYONE!

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Blogged while getting ready for Explore USC! Hey everyone! This week we are sharing our best advice for freshmen, and as I look back over my four years I can come up with a lot of tips that help through the transition period from high school involvement.  Everything from don’t miss football games to try really hard especially your first …

Why did I choose USC?

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Blogged while watching Friends! I think when it really comes down to it, I think the one thing that stood out about USC was that the students here were genuinely happy.  When I thought about where I wanted to spend four years of my life, it was definitely in the place where everyone was happy.  And I think that all the …

What is Chemical Engineering?

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Blogged while procrastinating doing my mass transfer homework. Hello everyone! Happy Sunday! This week I wanted to take the chance to explain a little bit about what Chemical Engineering means to me, and how my view of chemical engineering has changed over the past four years. When I first started I thought chemical engineers make chemicals.  What chemical engineers actually do …

Teamwork in Engineering

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Blogged while listening to Smoke + Mirrors- Imagine Dragon’s new album! Hello everyone! Happy E-Week.  This week is all about celebrating engineering and all the cool things engineers do.  Here at USC we are celebrating with all sorts of activities, my favorite of which is Viterbi Ball at the end of the week! Check out Betty’s blog about it– she’s …

A Break from Engineering- CTCS 469 Analysis of Film Style- Tim Burton vs. Wes Anderson

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Blogged while eating Valentine’s Day chocolate! Hello everyone! Happy Sunday! This week I wanted to talk about an awesome class I’m taking outside of engineering- Analysis of Film Style! The class is all about comparing the work of two of the most identifiable directors in Hollywood- Tim Burton and Wes Anderson.  I decided to take this class because it would …

What to do when you are sick at school

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Hey everyone! This week I had the misfortune of getting incredibly sick, just a cold but enough to keep me home from class for a few days.  I decided to write this blog about how to handle being sick in college, which is a little harder than being sick in high school. First, I knew I wasn’t seriously ill, but …

Freshman Housing: New North!

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Blogged while listening to Taylor Swift 1989- I’m obsessed with Wildest Dream Hi Everyone! My freshman year I lived in New North Residential college in the North Area on campus! I had the absolute best time living there! New North is dorm style housing which means that there are several rooms that share one bathroom and common area in a …

Researching in Nanocomposite Materials

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Hey everyone! Hope you’re having a great week! This week I wanted to take a chance to talk about my research experiences while I’ve been at school! I’ve worked in research almost every semester in college.  Getting involved in research is something I get asked about a lot and is actually pretty easy- it mostly just involves approaching your professors. I …

Spring 2015 Preview: ChemE, ISE, and Film classes!

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Blogged while watching How I Met Your Mother- I’m obsessed! Hey everyone! Happy January! I’m very excited to be back for my last semester as an undergrad, and am also so grateful that I’m staying one extra semester for the progressive degree program.  I still have a packed semester but it will be awesome! I still have three chemical engineering …

Art Lovers Dream: The Getty Villa

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Hey everyone! This week we are blogging about our favorite places in LA, and that for me usually involves food places but I blogged about my favorite eateries in LA last week!  This week I thought I’d focus on another one of my favorite things- art museums.  There is not shortage of great art in LA, from both Getty museums …

My Favorite Involvement: Freshman Academy Coaching!

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Hello everyone!  This week we are all blogging about our favorite involvement and I’m going to share my absolute favorite- Freshman Academy Coaching! Freshman Academy is a class all incoming freshman engineers take, and it is basically a class that explains on a very broad scale what engineers do and what kinds of problems they solve.  There are students from …

LA Halloween Hayride!

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I love October and Halloween and I’ve been to Knott’s Scary Farm and Universal Horror nights for years, but this year I had the opportunity to switch it up and visit the LA Halloween Hayride in Griffith park with my sorority this year! The Halloween Hayride is set up in the hills near Griffith Observatory, and you get to ride …

My Favorite Study Spot: Research Lab!

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Hey everyone! Hope you had a great week and happy homecoming! This week we are talking about our favorite study spot, and while I have many favorite spots including my desk at Alpha Phi, Engineering Quad, and RTH Cafe, one of my new favorites has been in my research lab! Iced coffee in E-Quad is the perfect afternoon break! #ViterbiLifepic.twitter.com/KNJUWFz8Kv …

Viterbi Career Fair Week!

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Hey everyone! This week is career week which is very exciting because we all hope to get great jobs when we graduate!  USC hosts a lot of great career development opportunities and information sessions, but I love that Viterbi has a lot of it’s own resources! This week the two big events will be VINE (Viterbi Industry Networking Night) and the …

Freshman Academy takes USC vs. UCLA Volleyball!

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Hey everyone! Hope you’ve had a great week! This week has been really busy with homework and trying to stay healthy, but one of my highlights was attending the USC vs. UCLA volleyball game with my freshman academy class!! Alex and I are co coaches, so we decided to plan a trip to a women’s volleyball game! Trojan spirit is …