Mechanical Engineering, ’20
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My name is Rachel and I’m a junior from Carmel, Indiana studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Dramatic Arts. On campus, I have served as a resident assistant (RA) in McCarthy Honors Residential College, an E-Board Member for one of USC’s comedy improv troupes, and treasurer of Phi Alpha Delta, USC’s professional pre-law fraternity. I am also an active member of the structural avionics team for USC’s Rocket Propulsion Lab. Last summer I had the opportunity to travel to Florence, Italy and take Viterbi classes through the Viterbi Overseas Program. This summer I will be interning in structural dynamics at The Aerospace Corporation. When I’m not going to auditions, making puns, or doing physics homework (sometimes simultaneously!), I enjoy performing stand-up comedy at various venues throughout LA, taking trips to the beach and mountains, and exploring nature.
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My Major: Mechanical Engineering
How did I pick my major?
I was originally admitted to USC as an architecture major. Even though I loved practicing creativity and design skills in my architecture courses, I found myself asking questions about the structural and mathematical implications of my designs. I missed learning about the physical laws that governed my artistic choices and the systems necessary to make each structure stand. The beginning of my sophomore year, I switched my major to mechanical engineering hoping to take classes that would more adequately address my scientific curiosity. Pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering has opened my eyes to thousands of career possibilities beyond architecture and has inspired my interests in astrophysics as well as patent law.
My Favorite Classes
Although honors quantum physics might sound a bit daunting to some, Professor Bickers made it such a blast! I was able to learn all about optics, general relativity, waves, and quantum mechanics through exciting lectures and fascinating demonstrations.
Check out these blogs about mechanical engineering at USC!
Long Weekends in College: My Social Life as an Engineering StudentFebruary 22, 2019
Choosing a Direction: Making Major Decisions for Your College LifeFebruary 8, 2019
New Semester, New Study SpacesFebruary 1, 2019
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Favorite LA Spots
My Netflix Obsessions
Arguably the most extraordinary television shows ever created, Avatar the Last Airbender combines humor and social commentary through the story of a young boy named Aang and his attempts to restore peace to the world. This series is a bit lengthy, but episodes are fairly short, incredibly engaging, and endlessly entertaining (by that I mean I rewatch the entire series roughly once a semester). If nothing else, at least watch this show so you can understand all of the references your friends make.
Although it is a commitment to watch, Game of Thrones is one of the most immersive TV shows currently running. The plot is much too complicated to explain in detail, so just know that it includes a lot of drama, dragons, and death. I would definitely recommend getting caught up with this series over the summer before new episodes start airing when winter comes.
Favorite USC Tradition
My favorite USC tradition is attending football games at the Coliseum. USC football brings people from all backgrounds, majors, interests, and extracurricular activities together to support our team. It is so fun to bond with friends and meet new people when heading over to the Coliseum and cheering on the Trojans. My friends and I even have our own specific game day traditions which include setting up our very own tailgate and grilling food on McCarthy Quad.