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The Initiation to my Fraternity, Fall of my Freshman Year

Freshman Year Survival Guide

To all the incoming USC freshmen this guide may concern:

Welcome to the Trojan Family! You all have rightfully earned your spot here at USC and in one of the nation’s top engineering schools, the Viterbi School of Engineering. In high school, you all probably were great students and involved in extracurricular activities. I expect the same (and more) once you step foot on SC’s campus. However, going to college is a big transition, bound to be fraught with a few bumps in the road. To avoid the bumps and the potholes, and to become the best SC student you can be, here are a few tips to get you started. Continue reading

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My ISE 576 Project: Life Cycle Assessment of a Desalination Plant

Hi everyone! In the next four weeks I have three major projects due, one of which is for my grad class, ISE 576 Industrial Ecology: Technology-Environment Interaction. The purpose of the project is to apply the industrial ecology tools to an actual technology system and analyze it on a life-cycle basis. For our project my team is focusing on water desalination.

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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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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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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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Being a Woman in Engineering

With graduation rapidly approaching I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on my experience at USC, particularly as a woman in engineering. To be honest, I haven’t noticed a difference in my experience compared to my guy friends in engineering or USC in general. While my classes aren’t 50% girls, the ratio is high enough that I don’t even notice it in my classes. I’ve had such an incredible experience at USC, from my classes to doing research to studying abroad, and participating in student orgs, club sports, and greek life.

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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 USC You Ask

Hey all!

I still remember being a senior in high school trying to juggle sports, school work, and college applications.  It is a time of stress, but anxiety to learn where you will be taking your talents next year.  There are so many stories of the perfect college fit, the ideal major, or myths about how to get into colleges.  While some of these methods may have yielded results for some, it by no means is a fool proof or even advantageous strategy.  At an institution like USC, if there was a set standard, set person, set essay, or test score to get in, the student body would be filled with the same type of people and frankly quite boring.  And this is simply not the case.

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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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