Professor or Possible Best Friend !

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The other day in my student organization, we were having an ice breaker where we discussed our favorite class at USC. Even though my answer wasn’t technically at USC, Industrial Systems Engineering 460, Engineering Economy.

The class offered very practical skills of taking costs and profits of a business to see if the company is justifiable for investment at the present state. I also discovered my love for Microsoft Excel, which is definitely in my alley for “programming”.

However, my favorite parts of the class was where I was learning from my professor outside of the classroom.

Initially, he showed me the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. From someone that does not really understand what art really is, the Basquiat gallery was full of art that definitely confused and intrigued me at the same time.

Following that, Professor Botlik and I continued to discuss topics from Bitcoin to photography to running a marathon.

This gave me the idea to join the professor on his morning walk around Rome. I was able to meet up with him at 6 AM to walk from historic sites of the Pantheon to the Vatican and Trevi Fountain.

This is honestly one of my favorite moments looking back on my Summer Study Abroad Trip through USC. The 99-marathon runner, ISE professor, and a new friend was an amazing way to realize how personable the professors at USC are. Before being a professor, the faculty are human beings that care about your personal growth outside of the class.

And that makes me happy to be a Trojan 🙂

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Shuntaro is a junior studying Chemical Engineering. Lover of nature and Game of Thrones. Click above to find out more.


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