Turning Expectations Into Reality (Why USC)

Daniel Donchev Best of LA, Free Time, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer, Why USC Leave a Comment

In the past, I’ve written a blog about the five factors that led me to attending USC. Check it out if you haven’t already! This time around I want to talk about the goals and expectations I set for myself prior to my first day as an undergrad and whether I was able to meet them during my four years …

Headspace: Tips for Dealing with College Stress

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Hi guys! Happy October, it’s finally finally fall in LA. Fall is my favorite season; I love the cooler weather, fall colors and pumpkin/cinnamon everything. While fall has plenty of upsides, in college, it also means midterms and labs and homework assignments all piling up in the span of a few weeks. October is just about halfway through the semester, …

Volunteering for extra credit? It’s more likely than you think

Zachary Flores Computer Science, Involvement, Service, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Zachary Leave a Comment

Over the Summer I taught at the CS@SC summer camp, teaching basic Computer Science concepts to middle school students through Scratch. The same professor that runs the camp annually is the professor for my software engineering class, CSCI 201. During one of the first lectures, he offered extra credit for signing up and teaching a mini course through USC’s Joint …

Midterm Season

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Even though summer break ended a long time ago, the summer season just officially ended. Fall is here, but that also means that midterm season has arrived. In my experience, the first midterms of the semester are often the hardest to get through. Classes pick up the pace of learning and the material covered becomes more challenging. Time that you …

Staying Balanced by Taking Weight Training!

Celeste Goodwin Aerospace and Mechanical, Athletics, Celeste, Music, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

We’re back on campus and it’s already week 5, ah!! It’s my junior year and it’s been a busy one so far, but it’s soooo great. The photo above shows when I took a little time off by seeing John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl! Here, I wanted to describe a bit of what’s going on with me and my …

ISE, ISE Baby: My Life as an Industrial and Systems Engineer

Miles Kay Industrial and Systems, Major, Miles, Study, Viterbi Class, Why USC Leave a Comment

“Alright stop, collaborate and listen!” Though I’m not a huge Vanilla Ice fan (David Bowie’s “Under Pressure” is most DEFINITELY the superior song), this line from “Ice, Ice Baby” is one that expresses an important aspect of all majors in Viterbi, and most specifically my major: Industrial and Systems Engineering. For many prospective students, including myself in high school, Industrial …

Starting Sophomore Year

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Going into my second year at USC, I’ll admit that I wasn’t too thrilled to start classes again. Summer had been a nice break of responsibility, and I was suddenly going to put plunged back into the thick of it. Adding to this dread was the fact that I was taking a group of notoriously challenging classes: CS 201, CS …

And We’re Back!

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And we’re back! After a summer full of classes and research that flew by, we’ve finally started up school again, and it’s time for another great semester here at USC. While it was definitely sad to be leaving again, I’m so excited to see what this year holds! Somebody wasn’t ready for me to leave I’m once again living in …

Engineers Can Have Fun, Too!

Dominie Miyasato Apartment, Biomedical, Dominie, Housing, Involvement, Major, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

My sophomore year has definitely started at a quick pace. I am going into week five of the semester, and I already have my first midterm and paper due! In case you are interested in the daily life of a biomedical engineering major, here is what my semester looks like so far. I am living in a four-person apartment and …

One Last Hoorah! (Entering Senior Year)

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“My name is Daniel I am a senior studying Biomedical Engineering.” I need a moment to let that sink in… This is my last fall semester as a college student. The beginning of the end. To kick the year off, Freshmen Academy Coaches welcomed all the new freshmen engineers at the New Student Welcome, an event filled with fun and …

Back in the US and Back at USC

Audrey Roberts Aerospace and Mechanical, Audrey, Professional & Academic, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

We are just finishing up the fourth week of school, and I can confidently say that summer has reached its end. I had a busy summer travelling around Europe, studying in Florence with Viterbi, and finally meeting my friends in Chicago to attend Lollapalooza. This was exhausting, challenging, and the most fun I could have ever had. While my whirlwind …

My Senior Year To-Do List

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I still catch myself stumbling over my words when I tell someone “oh yeah, I’m a senior!” Senior year is officially here and we are back on the grind. These first few weeks have already flown by so quickly, with classes, involvement fairs, and catching up with friends. This semester, I’m taking two grad classes, since I’m pursuing my Masters …

Freshman Summer: Simulations, Synthesis Reactions, and So-Cal

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Hey there everyone! Hope you’ve all been enjoying your time off school, and making the best of your summer! Now that the new school year is right around the corner, I thought it’d be a good time for me to catch you all up on how I spent my past three months, and give you a sense of what a …

My Viterbi Summer Abroad

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For seven weeks this summer, I was lucky enough to be one of about 40 students in the Viterbi Summer Abroad program, which takes a handful of USC students and professors to a city in Europe. This year, it was held in Florence, Italy, where we took classes and engaged in relevant cultural experiences. As usual, four classes were offered: …

My ‘Minor’

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Once I finally settled on majoring in Mechanical engineering, I started worrying about what I wanted to minor in. I thought about my interests and took a look at the USC’s list of minors. I then realized I had a bit of a problem… My interests besides MechE span from coding, electrical engineering, industrial and systems engineering, sociology, business, entrepreneurship, …

What it’s actually like to be an undergraduate researcher

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That’s my roommate! In high school, dance class was an everyday activity for me . So when I got to college I didn’t know how to keep dancing seeing as my classes revolved around engineering. Luckily for me I had awesome roommates in the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance (check out their website: https://kaufman.usc.edu/) who let me into the studios …

Emphases: Just a Little Something Extra!

Jacob Toney Chemical, Jacob, Major, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

When I started at Viterbi, I heard a lot of talk being thrown around about different emphases within engineering majors. I knew there were several different options within my major, but wasn’t really sure what the significance of an emphasis was. In fact, I really didn’t know anything at all about engineering emphases aside from the fact that they existed. …

CSCI 104: Is It Really That Bad?

Will DuCharme Computer Science, Major, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Will Leave a Comment

If you’re a computer science student, you’re bound to have heard of the infamous CSCI 104: Data Structures and Algorithms class. And when hearing about this class, I’m sure you’ve often heard it related to ‘free-time killing’ and ‘life ruining’, but is it really that difficult? Going into my second semester at USC, I was quite nervous. Throughout my first …

Having a Minor as an Engineer

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That's my roommate!In high school, dance class was an everyday activity for me . So when I got to college I didn’t know how to keep dancing seeing as my classes revolved around engineering. Luckily for me I had awesome roommates in the Glorya Kaufman School of Dance (check out their website: https://kaufman.usc.edu/) who let me into the studios to ...