One Unique Thing about USC: Film Symposium

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Hey everyone! This week I want to chat a little bit about a class I’m taking purely for fun- Film Symposium.  In this class, folks from the film industry bring in movies and screen them before the release date, and then afterwards we hold a Q & A with famous film critic Leonard Maltin.  Read on for more about why …

Me with "Levitated Mass", the giant boulder at LACMA

The Best of LA: LACMA and LaBrea Tarpits!

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Hey everyone!  This week I want to talk about one of the coolest spots in LA- LACMA (the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts) and the La Brea Tar pits.  That may sound like two spots, but they are actually co-located, and offer totally different things to see.  You don’t want to miss this place where cultured art and natural …

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My Favorite Study Spot at USC

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When you’re studying for a midterm or cranking out a paper, it’s all about location, location, location — you need to be somewhere where you can work productively.  For me, it’s all about atmosphere.  Is it comfortable? Does it make crunch time a little less stressful?  I have a couple of spots where I like to study, so read on …


How I get to classes: by skateboard!

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Students travel between their classes and meetings in a variety of ways here at USC.  Walking, biking, skateboarding, scootering (I’ve seen people busting out the classic Razor scooters), and even an occasionally a lone unicycle can be seen between classes on campus.  They all work, and everyone has their preference.  For me, skateboarding has worked out the best, even though …

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My Favorite Student Involvement: USC Software Quality Lab

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I’ve been involved in the USC Software Quality Lab for 3 years now, and it’s by far my favorite student involvement.  What is it? It’s the research group that is headed by my research advisor, Professor William G.J. Halfond, that focuses on issues of using software engineering to make software less buggy, more secure, and ultimately cheaper to develop and …


How do you get involved at USC, anyways?

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When I was applying to colleges, there was one thing I knew for sure: college was a place of endless opportunities.  I did not, however, know how to find those opportunities!  I found plenty to do, nonetheless, but I think it would have been helpful and even interesting to hear the different methods of getting involved in the plethora of …


Adjusting to Graduate Classes through USC’s Progressive Degree Program

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Hey all, One of the things I am most excited- and apprehensive- about this semester are my graduate level classes that I am taking through the Progressive Degree Program (PDP).  Even though I’m just starting senior year, the way my schedule has worked out I am actually done with my undergraduate computer science classes, so I’m taking advantage of the …

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Summer In Seatle, Part 2!

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Hope everyone is having a great summer! I know I am!  In the past month interning at Microsoft, I’ve had tons of fun outings and this is shaping up to be my best summer yet. Luckily, Seattle is pretty close to home (about a 2 hour flight), so I jetted home to spend the 4th of July with friends and …

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Summer in Seattle

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It’s summertime, but the weather here in Seattle has me fooled some days!  I’m four weeks into my internship at Microsoft’s main campus in Redmond, WA, and even though there is, unforgivably, rain in June, I’m loving every moment of it. I’m living in a really sweet apartment in the University District in Seattle (named for University of Washington).  It …


My Advice to Freshmen: Be Spontaneous

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Freshman year is a once in a lifetime experience.  All of the suden, you’re in a place where something is always gone.  Whether it’s an intellectually stimulating lecture to a full fledged concert, there is something on campus that you will want to go to and that you didn’t plan for.  And freshman year is going to be your best …


ITP Minors: Mobile Development, Web Development, and more!

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As a Computer Engineering/Computer Science major, my major-specific classes come from both the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering departments.  Despite this, I’ve got to say one of my favorite departments at this school is actually the ITP department.  ITP stands for Information Technology Program- a relatively generic name that doesn’t do justice to the awesome classes it offers. These classes …

How difficult is engineering?

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Engineering has a reputation for being very difficult, maybe even more so than other majors.  I’ve run into quite a few prospective-engineers as well as current students that want to know how hard future classes will be. The straight shot answer is yes, engineering is hard.  But successful engineers love engineering for its challenges, not in spite of them.   …


USC in a Word: Visionary

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It’s pretty hard to sum up a multi-faceted place like USC in one word.  However, one quality about the students, curriculum, faculty, and general mission of USC does stand out: visionary.  Everything and everyone at USC focuses on bringing about the brightest future possible. Many of my fellow students aren’t just focused on getting through classes and out into life …


How leadership opportunities have helped me

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I recently had the honor of winning a position on my fraternity’s national level Executive Board (which we call the Grand Lodge).  It’s given me some interesting food for thought: 1) in a specific sort of way, I’m now significant on the national level (c’mon, seems pretty cool to me…) and 2) how much leadership has played into my college …


Don’t know how to program? No biggie.

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Having talked to many potential computer scientists since the fall, I’ve come to realize many share a concern over their qualifications when it comes to Computer Science.  I don’t see it as much with other majors, since an Aerospace Engineering applicant knows that most other students won’t have worked with a space shuttle yet.  But aspiring computer scientists realize that …