Meet Rachel


Mechanical Engineering, ’20
Carmel, IN

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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 as a resident assistant (RA) in McCarthy Honors Residential College as well as Vice President of one of USC’s comedy improv troupes, “prettyNotBad”. In addition, I am interested in pursuing patent law and have held various leadership roles as an active member of Phi Alpha Delta, USC’s professional pre-law fraternity. This summer I’ll be traveling to Florence, Italy and taking Viterbi classes through the Viterbi Overseas Program. 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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Involvements

Phi Alpha Delta

I currently serve as the treasurer of USC’s professional pre-law fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta. Phi Alpha Delta aims to provide a community for students interested in law school and hosts professional events to help prepare students for law school applications and law related internships. In addition, I have held various cabinet positions during my membership, including VP of Recruitment and VP of Standards.
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Comedy Improv Troupe

I am an active member of one of USC’s comedy improvisation troupes. We perform shows all over campus and collaborate with improv professionals throughout LA to hone our skills!
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Residential Education

Last year, I served as a Resident Assistant (RA) in McCarthy Honors Residential College. As an RA, I designed multiple programs catered to the interests of my residents and promoted safety and wellness throughout my residential community. Working for USC Residential Education allowed me to collaborate with outstanding mentors and an amazing staff team.
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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.

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This class taught me some of the most important problem-solving skills for computer science. I learned so many new things like set theory, discrete probability, and graph theory. The algorithms we studied were incredibly helpful for technical interviews!

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Favorite LA Spots


Although it may seem overly hyped at first, The Last Bookstore is the place to be in downtown LA. This joint is the best secondhand bookstore/ record shop/ art gallery/ deserted bank in the whole city. Definitely stop by if you’re looking to curl up with a good book, listen to some groovy toons, or watch talented artists at work!

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.


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