Highlights of Spring 2013

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It seems like Spring semester always goes by way too fast. This has been my favorite semester so far at USC, so I picked a few highlights to share. The key is to balance academics with fun– and I think I succeeded in that. Enjoy!  

Words of Wisdom

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Hey everyone! There are only a few more months until some of you will set foot on campus as freshmen. Your first is an awesome experience, but it’s always helpful to know a few things before you come. Here is what I wish I would’ve known:   –       Find a study buddy in all of your classes. Your classmates are …

Air Force base visit: Las Vegas

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Every once in a while we get to take a break from our usual Friday training sessions in ROTC and take a trip somewhere cool. We’ve gone white-water rafting, visited a shooting range, and competed in a sports tournament in San Diego. This past weekend, we got to visit Nellis Air Force Base, which is conveniently known as ‘Home of …

Being a Woman in Viterbi

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Being a woman in Engineering at USC has been an amazing experience so far! I always knew I would go into some sort of technical field, and high school got me accustomed to taking classes with significantly fewer girls than guys. At USC, I really don’t even notice the girl to guy ratio in my classes—the collaborative environment encourages me …

USC in a word: Experience

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If you would have told high school Melanie everything I’d be doing in college, I would have laughed really hard, and then told you thanks, but I don’t plan on staying in college for ten years. Because that’s how long it would take to accomplish and experience some of the incredible things I’ve done if I hadn’t chosen to attend …

Arnold Air Society: NATCON

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As you might have read in my earlier blogs, Air Force ROTC has a special service honor society called Arnold Air. I joined the Society Freshman year after a very challenging candidate semester, during which we had to complete a certain number of service hours and obtain signatures from every active member by completing a task (one of them was …

Cures for homesickness

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Being across the country from my family and high school friends isn’t always easy. Fortunately, living in the 21st century means we can pretty much always be in contact with each other. This doesn’t mean I call home every day or skype once a week—there’s plenty of other fun ways to update my friends and family about my life here …

My Freshman Housing: New/North

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Living on the second floor of New North definitely made my Freshman year a great experience. I met so many new people and was always in and out of everyone’s room. Our floor was co-ed, so I was always bumping into guys and girls from class. And whenever I needed something, I knew I could just walk down the hall …

Class on the courts

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This semester, I had one extra unit to spare so I decided to take a tennis class with my two roommates. This could possible be the best decision I’ve made in my college career. Or at least one of them. Every Tuesday and Thursday, my roommates and I sleep in until about 9, eat breakfast, and then head to the …

Spring 2013 begins!

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This semester, I managed to score an awesome class schedule. The best part is I’m taking a tennis class with two of my best friends who are graduating this year—we had to take at least one class together before they left! Im in three ISE classes, which are all very different from each other. ISE 470, Human and Computer Interface …

Where did this semester go?

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This semester feels like it went by faster than any other I’ve had at USC! I can’t believe I’m about to be a second semester junior. I would have to say my biggest accomplishment and favorite part about this semester is increased involvement with my extracurricular activities. I was really committed to my job as a lifeguard, my sorority, and …

Thanksgiving Traditions

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Happy day after thanksgiving everyone! I hope you’re all still in somewhat of a food coma, because that means you had a good dinner. I cooked pancakes for my family this morning, being the awesome daughter that I am, but we barely ate any because we’re still stuffed. Pancakes are one of the many traditions my family has around the …

Looking ahead: Spring semester

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  I’ve managed to make another awesome schedule for this upcoming semester. I like having all my classes in a row, so I’m not walking back and forth from my sorority house (free meals at ADPi means I’m almost always there). Plus not having to wake up early is pretty great. There are two classes I’m particularly excited about: Engineering …

My first Visions and Voices play

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Tonight, instead of my usual routine of preparing for ROTC and going to bed early, I’m going to watch three of my sorority sisters perform in a play called Top Girls! They’ve been rehearsing for several weeks now, and a big group of us are excited to support them. We’re all prepared with our bouquets! Visions and Voices is USC’s …

Why study abroad?

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I never thought I would have time to study abroad due to my ROTC commitment and heavy course load until I heard about Viterbi’s Summer Overseas program. It’s the perfect length of time (6 weeks) and it’s conveniently in the summer! I’m super excited to apply for multiple reasons. USC has plenty to offer in terms of diversity (we enroll more international …

Parents Weekend: I was ditched for a Florida vacation

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It’s the start of parents weekend, and I’m parent-less. For some reason my parents decided it would be better to hang out at the beach in Florida instead of visiting their favorite daughter. But luckily I have wonderful friends who plan on adopting me into their families for the weekend! Friday we’re having a Parent’s Day event for ROTC. Our …

My Favorite Student Involvement: AFROTC

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As you might have guessed from all my previous blog posts, Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AFROTC) is my favorite student involvement! It’s also my most important, since it’s training for my actual job after college. For those of you who don’t know what ROTC is, it’s basically a leadership program that trains students to become commissioned officers in …

I have to go to Disneyland…for class.

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Now that I’ve got your attention– one of my favorite classes this semester is ISE 440: Work, Technology, and Organization. Unlike my usual math-based engineering class, this one focuses on some different kind of variables: people, technology, and how they function together within a work environment. No matter where you work, people won’t always get along with each other or …