Meet Sophie

Chemical Engineering
Class of ’18

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Hi! My name is Sophie and I’m studying Chemical Engineering with an emphasis in Petroleum. I love dedicating my time to my research and the women’s ice hockey team here on campus. My research is on fluid mechanics of petroleum reservoirs, and it’s all modeling on the computer, so I don’t even have to go into lab! I’m the president of the women’s hockey team, so not only do I have fun playing, but also organizing games and tournaments for us. I absolutely love being a student here at USC and I have had so many opportunities grow both professionally and personally. Keep scrolling to check out what my #ViterbiLife is like!

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Although I had never played hockey before college, this team took me in and taught me how play the best sport in the world! It’s great to have some fun physical activity and take a break from studying. We have our biggest tournament of the year in the spring in Las Vegas, where we get to bond as a team and play our best.
The Viterbi Impact Program is one of many great ways to get involved in the surrounding community. Through VIP, I volunteer at Iridescent, which teaches science and engineering projects to students in local elementary schools. The next time you’re around a 5th grader, try to explain the importance of counter-weights and load-bearing structures in a tower, it’s harder than you think!
Viterbi is full of amazing professional societies that help you get connected to industry. We hold monthly meetings that often have a guest speakers who talk about anything from being a lawyer in oil and gas to the technical challenges California fields are facing. In addition to meetings, conferences, and networking events, there is also plenty of hands-on experience though field trips to different field and rig locations.

My Major at USC: Chemical Engineering

My Favorite Classes
This class is not a traditional ChemE course, in the sense that traditional courses teach some derivation of materials and energy balances. Rather, this class is more applicably broad because you learn how to code in Matlab! Matlab is a numerical methods program, so you learn how to solve super complicated systems of equations and differential equations. It’s been extremely helpful in all of my other classes, and even in my internship!
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My Tips for You

High School Activities

Get some leadership and team experience. Not only does it look great on your resume, but it will be super helpful for working on group projects, interviewing for internships, and getting involved in clubs in college. Those are skills that will stay with you for a long time.

Application Time

Have fun and know that things will work out. You will get out of college what you put into it, and even if you don't attend your absolute dream school, college will still be a blast with all sorts of opportunities you never would have given.

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My Favorite Shows

  • Brooklyn99 is great short comedy. Andy Samberg is hilarious, and the whole cast plays plays interesting and developed characters. It’s my favorite way to take a quick break from studying.

  • Anthony Bourdain has a lot of great shows, but I particularly enjoy Parts Unkown and No Reservations. Not only do you get to see a lot of yummy food, but also learn a lot about different cultures and countries you may not get to visit.

  • This is probably on a lot of people’s lists, but it’s just sooooo good. I’ve read all the books too, and I can’t believe the show is ahead of the books now – here’s to hoping the sixth book will be out soon!