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My Last Blog: Graduating from USC and Looking Forward

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Hi everyone! It’s hard to believe my time as an undergrad at USC is coming to an end as I’m graduating in 19 days. I am so thankful for USC for giving me so many opportunities over the years and making my college experience truly something I could’ve only found at USC. So here goes, my final blog after three …

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My ISE 576 Project: Life Cycle Assessment of a Desalination Plant

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Hi everyone! In the next four weeks I have three major projects due, one of which is for my grad class, ISE 576 Industrial Ecology: Technology-Environment Interaction. The purpose of the project is to apply the industrial ecology tools to an actual technology system and analyze it on a life-cycle basis. For our project my team is focusing on water …

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Being a Woman in Engineering

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With graduation rapidly approaching I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on my experience at USC, particularly as a woman in engineering. To be honest, I haven’t noticed a difference in my experience compared to my guy friends in engineering or USC in general. While my classes aren’t 50% girls, the ratio is high enough that I don’t even notice …

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SWE Regional Conference in San Diego!

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Hi everyone! Last weekend I went on my last SWE conference as an undergrad, the Region B Regional Conference. Like the National conference, the Regional Conference rotates location each year. Last year we went to Salt Lake City for a weekend of workshops, networking, and skiing, and this year we headed down to San Diego!

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The End of EWeek – Viterbi Ball 2014

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Hi everyone! As you know from reading our blog posts last week, we love EWeek at USC and we had such a fun week celebrating engineering with the kick-off carnival, talent show, minute to win it, bionic pig race, discover engineering service day, and of course Viterbi Ball on Friday night. I know my friends in other schools at USC …

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Interning at Boeing – The Moment I Felt Like A True Engineer

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Hi everyone! This week is National Engineers Week, which we love to celebrate at USC! We have a whole line up of EWeek festivities, including a kick off carnival Tuesday, Quiz Bowl, Talent Show on Wednesday, volunteering Friday morning and our very own Viterbi Ball Friday night! I love EWeek and look forward to it every year. It’s our time …

Senior graduation

100 Days – Memories from my USC Experience

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It’s come to my attention recently that we have less than 100 days left until graduation (95 days left to be exact). While I will be staying for a 5th year to finish my masters, the majority of my friends are graduating and moving to various cities across the US, which makes this  semester really count as the last semester …

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Civil Engineering In My Own Words

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Civil engineers are responsible for designing and building the infrastructure we use in our daily lives. This includes roads, bridges, buildings, airports, other transportation networks, and water and power systems among other things. In my four years as a civil engineering student at USC I’ve learned about the properties of various building materials and then used those materials to design …

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Winter Break & My Last Semester in Civil Engineering at USC

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It’s hard to believe this is my last semester of undergrad at USC! I had a great break at home in San Diego, which was even more exciting because the Chargers made the NFL playoffs. It was great to be able to attend several Chargers games with my family throughout December. I spent the rest of my break with family …

The Weekender

Top 10 Countdown of my Senior Year Fall Semester

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This semester has been incredible, and filled with so many memories that I know I will carry with me well past my years here at USC. Here’s a run down (in no particular order) of some of my favorite memories and events during the fall semester of my senior year in Civil Engineering.


Saving the Best for Last: My Last USC Football Home Game

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The USC vs. Stanford game yesterday was the conclusion of Homecoming week at USC, and I couldn’t think of a better ending. While yesterday’s game was bittersweet as my last home game at USC as an undergrad, it was definitely the best game of my USC career.  After losing to Stanford for the last four years in a row, we …


My Favorite Place in LA: The Getty!

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Hi everyone! I just got back this afternoon from an amazing weekender in San Francisco, where USC beat Cal 62-28! When I have a free weekend though here in Los Angeles, one of my favorite places to go for the day is the Getty Center. There are actually two Getty museums in Los Angeles, the Getty Center and the Getty …

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Society of Women Engineers National Conference 2013 in Baltimore!

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Hi guys! Last weekend I traveled to Baltimore with 10 other girls to represent the USC chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) at our National Conference! This is the third national conference I have gone to, and it’s always a great experience in networking, learning from workshops led by experienced female engineers in industry, and bonding with my …


SWE Officer’s Retreat in Lake Arrowhead!

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Hi everyone! I hope everyone has had a good week. I wanted to tell you about one of my favorite weekends of the semester so far, our annual fall SWE officer council retreat. For the past two years we have traveled up to Lake Arrowhead for a two days of bonding and planning our SWE goals and events for the …


My Favorite Student Involvement: My Sorority, Gamma Phi Beta

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Hi everyone! When it comes to choosing my favorite student organization at USC, I can never really decide. I love being a member of SWE (read my blog on my involvement with SWE here) and I’ve loved playing club lacrosse at USC (read more about that here). But coming off of Big/Little Reveal week at USC, I think it’s only …

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My Favorite Part of Fall: Homemade Pumpkin Pancakes

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Hi everyone! This coming week is going to be filled with networking and looking for internships with the Viterbi Industry Networking Event (VINE), the Viterbi Career Expo, and the SWE Fall Evening with Industry! I took a break this morning from applying to internships to celebrate that it’s October by making my absolute favorite breakfast, pumpkin pancakes!