Why I chose USC

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When I applied to USC, I didn’t know much about the school. When I came to visit in an Explore session in March of my senior year of high school, I fell in love with the school. The resources available at USC (as private schools often are capable of doing) made a big impression. But beyond that, the students I …

USC Housing: My Birnkrant Experience

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My freshman year I lived in Birnkrant, a freshmen dorm on the north side of campus. I lived on the 7th floor with forty other scholarship students (half boys half girls) and made some of my best friends through that time. My resident advisor, Christine, was one of the coolest people I have met at USC, and since moving out …

An Art Endeavor: Blue Steel

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My boyfriend and I have been working on an art project for a while, and a few days ago we finally finished it! Naturally (since Emerick and I are both engineering students), an art project to us really means soldering circuits and coding microcontrollers to make blue electro luminescent wire (EL wire) light up randomly.

Electrical Engineering in My Own Words

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I came in to USC as an Undeclared Engineer, and at first I felt overwhelmed by the number of engineering options there were. Through advice from friends, Professors, and alumni (who I met through the Engineering Spotlight series at Viterbi), I declared Electrical Engineering (EE) in the beginning of my sophomore year.

Getting my Summer 2014 Internship

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I’ve mentioned it before, but this summer I am interning at Boeing up in my hometown, Seattle! I am very excited to get back home for a few months, and also to work at such a cool company. My work is going to be in a research lab that explores the effects of lightening on airplanes. (An airplane getting struck …

Holidays Away From Home

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This week I came back home for Thanksgiving! My grandparents are in town so I came home early to spend some extra time with them. Plus it was my little brother’s birthday yesterday, so I got to be home for his sweet 16!

USC Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Club

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This month, I decided to start a project with the USC Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Club (USC AUV). USC AUV is a student run club whose goal is to create an autonomous underwater vehicle that will compete in a yearly competition. The competition is called the International RoboSub Competition and is held in San Diego where TRANSDEC has a gigantic 300 …

My Weekend Trips of October

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This year I made a goal to go on as many trips as possible to go see the cool places in Southern California! As a non-local, I haven’t seen a lot of the beautiful Southern California destinations. This past month I went on two trips to Mount Laurel (near Mammoth) and Joshua Tree.

USC Study Spots

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One of my favorite things about USC is the variety of places to study! Changing up study spots keeps doing homework interesting. One of the advantages of going to school in Southern California is that the weather is almost always nice. I love studying outdoors as much as possible. (As a Seattleite, I make sure that I can get as …

Feeding yourself at USC: Meal plans and kitchens

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Making the transition from high school to college can be intimidating, particularly because of all the new responsibilities that come with being more independent. For me, when I first came to college one of my biggest worries was the change in my eating habits. What I’ve found though, is that the food options at USC are numerous and it’s been …

Junior Year!

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Junior year just started and I can’t believe how great all my Professors are this semester! I am taking three EE classes (two on Integrated Circuits and one on Computer Architecture), a statistics class, and a general education class (on changing family forms in Western culture, specifically the United States).

SynTouch LLC

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This summer I am working at a biotech company called SynTouch. The company grew from research conducted at Dr. Loeb’s research lab at USC, and many of the employees at the company are from USC. The company creates tactile sensors that emulate the human finger – “synthetic touch.” My job as an intern at SynTouch this summer has been to do a …

A Summer in Los Angeles

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This summer, instead of going home to Seattle, I decided to stay in LA. I’ve met a lot of USC students who are also staying here – some are taking summer classes, others are doing research, and a lot are doing internships like me. It’s my first summer in LA and I’ve only been here for two weeks and I …