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Freshman 15: 15 Things to Consider as a Freshman!

Hey all,

Whether you are deciding where to take your talents next year or just perusing the college websites to learn more, understanding the freshman experience is a must.  Freshman year is a time of learning, adjustment, and excitement, but knowing how to maximize these aspects will put you well ahead of the game.

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USC Springfest 2014

Hey guys! I hope you all have had fun-filled weeks! I cannot believe there are only a couple more weeks left of this semester before summer. A fun event that the USC Concert Committee coordinates every spring is Springfest. They put together a day full of talented performers and attractions for students to enjoy. Springfest 2014 took place last Saturday, and I had a great time. I thought I would tell you a little more about why Springfest is so great.

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Being a Viterbi Woman Engineer

Hi Everyone! When I first decided that I wanted to apply to college as an engineering major, I started to worry about being a woman in such a male-dominated field. When I began attending classes in Viterbi, however, I realized that I was concerned for no reason! I thought I would tell you a little about what it is like being a women in engineering at Viterbi.

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What It’s Like as a Girl in Engineering

I still get looks of surprise when people ask me what I’m studying and my response is that I’m a chemical engineer. These shocked expressions are typically followed by a series of questions such as the following:

No, what are you really studying?

Really?

What’s it like to be a girl in a field so strongly dominated by males?

But you’re in a sorority?

And frankly I don’t get it. Why is it so hard for people to wrap their heads around the fact that not all engineers are males? Why is it so difficult for people to grasp the fact that I am in a sorority and in Viterbi. For some reason, the two aren’t supposed to go hand in hand. But they do.  So I’m here to address those frequently asked questions.

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Why I Love Attending USC

It’s so hard to believe that I am already almost halfway done with my time at USC as an undergraduate student. The time really does seem to fly by. Looking back over my past two years at this wonderful university, I realized I honestly could not imagine myself anywhere else.

Unlike some people at USC, I was not born and raised a Trojan. Both of my parents went to small schools in the Dallas, Texas area, and the idea of going out to college in California seemed quite daunting.  When April rolled around, and it was time to make my decision on where I was to spend the next four years! I was debating between USC, Vanderbilt, University of Texas at Austin, and Washington University in St. Louis.

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Why I chose USC and couldn’t imagine being anywhere else!!

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! I just got back from Hawaii for spring break which was amazing and it’s definitely hard to get back into work mode after that, but this week I wanted to share about what made me choose USC.  Choosing college is by far the most difficult decision I had faced at that time, and it’s a huge commitment to choose somewhere for four years, but USC not only lived up to my expectations but far exceeded them.

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#ViterbiImpact- Making Time to Give Back

Hey guys! Hope you are having a good week! This week has been crazy with projects and midterms before we leave for spring break next week (I’m going to Hawaii- so excited!), but this past weekend I had a few opportunities to give back to the community that I wanted to share about!

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My Favorite Part of E-Week: Viterbi Ball

Last week was E-Week, a week full of different activities that celebrate engineering! The first day was a kick off carnival that was full of different carnival games! For the first time in my life, I won a balloon popping game! I was very excited to say the least.  Another fun event was the Viterbi Talent Show. From a beat-boxing clarinet player to a couple singing a mash-up of Disney songs, the night was full of hidden talent. But my favorite event of E-Week by far is Viterbi Ball!

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The Viterbi Career Center

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One of everyone’s biggest concerns when coming to college is what to do when you graduate! Four years is a long time to devote to school, and making sure that it is all worthwhile is very important.  Luckily, Viterbi has its own career services center which I have been fully utilize in the past few weeks!

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