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At the Viterbi Awards with John, who is the other co-founder of QuEST at USC!

Finally- A Summer in LA!

Happy end of the semester at USC! The time has really flown by this semester, but I am really stoked for this summer. For the first time, I’ll be spending my summer at USC, and I couldn’t be happier to spend some more time at this school I call home. When I was in Germany last semester, I really did miss USC and so I planned on spending the summer here in the nice SoCal sun. On-campus research is a great way to do this!

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Loved spending the evening with other VSAs!

The Viterbi Awards

This Wednesday night, I had the awesome opportunity to attend the 36th annual Viterbi Awards! The Viterbi Awards is an event hosted every year by the Viterbi School of Engineering that recognizes outstanding members of the engineering community as a whole as well as alumni who have made a positive impact post graduation. Different companies buy tables at the events, and several students were selected to sit at each table! It was an honor to be invited, and I had a wonderful night!

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First football game!

My Advice to Freshmen: Just Keep Swimming

Entering college, I was told time and time again my first year would fly by. I thought they were all exaggerating. Well, they weren’t. And the scary thing is that sophomore year flies by even faster. I still can’t believe that I am almost halfway done with my time as an undergrad at USC.  During that first year, days blurred into weeks and weeks blurred into ¼ of my college career completed. Over these past two years, I’ve learned a lot about myself, mostly through the things I got involved with freshman year.

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My first picture in Viterbi at an Explore USC!

My Best Advice to Freshmen- Don’t be Afraid to Ask For Help

I’m going to start by saying that everyone at USC is really smart- everyone I’ve met including myself was a top student in high school who got good grades and did well.  In general a lot of people were the ones that got asked to help but never had to ask for help.  Engineering school is different.

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AIChE Retreat

Myths of a Woman in Engineering

As women in engineering, ever think about whether you’ll be the only female in your class, whether teachers would treat you differently, or even if other girls not studying engineering would accept you?  While initially these thoughts may be concerning, as a female engineer at USC, I haven’t even given them a second thought.

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Making ice cream with liquid nitrogen

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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Highlights on Why I Chose USC

I can’t believe I’m already heading into the end of the spring semester of my second year here at USC.  It’s hard to think that just two years ago around this time  I was committing to USC–and looking back, I’ll say that it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve made!

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