Winding down, Gearing Up

Rhea Choudhury Rhea, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer 0 Comments

Hey USC!!

I’m currently sitting at the dining table of my new apartment, typing this post up as I mentally prepare for classes to start tomorrow. I can’t believe summer’s actually over! I wanted to write a quick post about how my summer ended and my move-in process/what I’m excited about, before classes really get in session.

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feet ft. the famous grand park fountains

Let me just start with this- being a sophomore rocks. Don’t get me wrong, I loved freshman year so much, and I wouldn’t trade anything in the world for the amazing experience I had in Birnkrant, dorming with a bunch of people that ended up becoming my closest friends at SC. However, moving in as a sophomore is totally different– I’m living in an off-campus apartment through USC housing (Cardinal Gardens), so it’s much more low-key to move in. I’m in a building with a bunch of friends from my dorm from last year, and it’s been so much fun setting up a new place!! To be super honest, I haven’t quite finished unpacking most of my stuff yet (procrastination is an unfortunate specialty of mine), but I love having so much space. We have a kitchen, living room space, two bedrooms and a pretty spacious bathroom. It’s so different living with just 3 other people as opposed to 38! I can’t wait to get to know the other people in my community, and I’m sure I’m going to love the apartment experience.

As for the rest of my summer, after China, I honestly didn’t do a lot– I went to Canada for a week with my family, which I’m sure I already mentioned in my last post, and that was a ton of fun. Other than that, I literally just relaxed at home, caught up with some high school friends and spent time with my family. It was a really chill last couple of weeks, and it was just what I needed to wind down from a really hectic summer. While moving in this weekend, my roommate and I went to the LA Taco festival in Grand Park, which rocked– after that, I went and helped my brother (sophomore at Caltech) move his stuff around Pasadena.

This semester, I’m taking 18 units, which is a full courseload, but I’m honestly really excited about the classes I’m enrolled in!! I’m taking BISC 120 (intro bio), PHYS 152 (electricity & magnetism), SOCI 242 (sociology of the human body/health), along with yoga, a cool medical seminar for my minor, and ENG100, the seminar/colloquium class for the Rusch honors program within Viterbi.  While bio and physics together will be rough, the other classes all line up with my interests in medicine and health, so I’m stoked to be spending more time in those subjects. I’ll also start back at my research lab soon, so I have that to look forward to as well.

That’s about all I’ve been up to for the last couple of weeks! I’m so happy to be back in LA, and I’m ready to get back to my adventures around the city. This weekend actually, some friends and I are watching a live taping of American Ninja Warrior downtown, and we’re hoping to grab some brunch the next day. Just a typical weekend in LA 🙂

I’ll leave my post there for now, time to get some sleep before classes start up!

Fight on,

Rhea

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