Meet Nathan

Mechanical Engineering
Class of ’20


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Hey there! Iā€™m Nathan, and Iā€˜m a freshman studying Mechanical Engineering with a Performance Science minor from Santa Barbara, California. On campus, I work as a research assistant in the Interaction Lab helping to develop robots for children with developmental disorders, am involved with the LavaLab idea incubator, and am part of a social fraternity. I am also an RA in a freshman dorm and work as a Freshman Academy Coach to mentor freshmen students! On weekends, I like camping with SC Outfitters, going to football games, and going to concerts around LA. Last summer, I interned at a space systems company called Orbital ATK where I helped run tests and build the latest deployable space technology. Feel free to check out my blogs!



My Favorite Places in LA

Involvements

I’m an RA in the freshman dorm New North. Come say hi!
In this role, I co-teach a class to Viterbi freshmen introducing them to university life and the resources USC has to offer.
I work in a robotics research lab called the Interaction Lab where we develop socially assistive robots- specifically for children with developmental disorders.

My Major at USC: Mechanical Engineering


My Favorite Classes
This was my first in-depth physics class I have ever taken, and I thought it was awesome to see the relevance of the class in everyday life. From riding my skateboard to spinning my pencil on my finger, I was able to finally understand the physics behind so many random movements.
I’ve always really liked learning math, so I wasn’t surprised that I was intrigued by this class. Also, I had a spectacular teacher, which made it all the better, and several of my friends were in my class so studying was always a good time.
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My Tips for You

Application Essays

Do your first draft and revision completely by yourself, so everything comes from you. Only bring other people in for revisions, not ideation.

Application Extracurriculars

Focus on the ones you care about and spend a lot of time with- quality is much more important than quantity.

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Two Truths and a Lie

Can you guess which of these are true or false?
True! I only drink it when it’s late and I’m really desperate. I usually stick to green or black tea for my caffeine fix.
False! It was actually roller coasters. After visiting Six Flags in 6th grade, I decided that I wanted to invent new roller coasters when I grew up. My focus is’t roller coasters anymore, but the engineering idea stuck!
True! Unlike most freshmen, I actually loved my writing 150 class. While it was challenging, it was incredibly engaging and I learned so much about writing. Also, my teacher was one of the best that I have ever had, which always helps.

My Favorite Shows

  • Black Mirror is a thrilling show about possible future scenarios where technology could be taken too far. It is incredibly thought provoking and interesting to watch.

  • Stranger Things is about a supernatural girl hiding in a small town while scientists try to capture her to run tests. It is intentionally confusing at times, which kept me engaged the entire time.