Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2020
My name is Rachel, and I'm a senior 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 interned in the structural dynamics department 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 beaches and mountains, and exploring nature.
Check out what I have been up to in my recent blog posts!
humanity does not ask us to be happy. it merely askes us to be brilliant on its behalf.
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My Favorite LA Spots
I am on the structural avionics team for USC Rocket Propulsion Lab! I help to build the computer that sits on the rocket!
I am a member of USC’s professional pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta. At some point, I am considering pursuing a career in patent law or space policy!
I serve as chapter leader for USC’s Eye to Eye program! Through this program, I lead a group of mentors in doing art projects with local middle school students who have learning differences.
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.
My Major: Mechanical Engineering
I wanted to pursue a career in which I could be creative while also continuing my passion for physics. I chose mechanical engineering because this degree would provide me the technical background to go into any industry of my interest.
My Favorite Shows
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.
Passion in the Classroom
My Favorite Courses
I took this class for my theater minor and it was so much fun! Each class we would practice writing sets and jokes based on events that happened in our everyday lives. For our final, we had to perform a set at a standup comedy club in Santa Monica!