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

Jacob Toney Chemical, Jacob, Research, Study, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

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

Audrey Roberts Abroad, Audrey, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

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’

Loic Alini Aerospace and Mechanical, Loic, Uncategorized, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

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, …

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 …

Hello World! A Quick “What to Expect” for your Second Semester as a CECS or CS Student!

Luz Camacho Computer Science, Luz, Major, Study, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

Second semester freshman year can be very different from first semester for many Computer Science or Computer Engineering majors. Not only will you be taking two big, major specific classes, most CS or CECS students choose to pair these with other stem courses, such as math or life sciences. This semester can be a little scary for anyone who is …

One Year Down: Reflecting on Freshman Year

Miles Kay Campus Events, Internship, Involvement, Miles, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Hogwarts robes or convocation attire?  The Workload In high school, my teachers often told me that I’d enter college more than prepared to handle the work required to maintain good grades. As such, I came to school confident that I’d be able to finish all my assignments with no problems and easily earn high marks on papers and exams. Within …

Exploring All the Schools at USC

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life

Oftentimes, there's this stigma that if you study engineering it becomes your whole life between going to your math and science intensive classes and studying for them. I have found the opposite to be true. Every semester, I've had the opportunity to learn and explore subjects outside my major. Along with really cool classes in Viterbi I've taken Intro to ...

My Semester Experience in Pictures

Natalie Monger Free Time, Natalie, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC

Happy Spring Break, everyone! I’m spending this week catching up on some well-deserved rest, but I’m also working hard on my research projects, which you can read about in my last blog post. We’re in the midst of college admissions season, and you might be deciding on where you want to spend the next chapter of your life. To make …

Designing Your Own Research at USC

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC

Hello, friends! First, let me start off by saying that if you haven’t read my recent post about how to obtain research at USC, you should go read that. This post will make much more sense after you have done so. So, my previous research post discussed how to find your own unique qualities you bring to the table in …

Why I Chose USC

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Why USC

Now that I am on the other side of college decisions it's fun to look back and think about the whole process. For a good chunk of your junior and senior years of high school the college application process really takes over your life. You're worried about taking the SAT, writing good essays, researching different universities and their programs. Honestly, ...

Taking it one step further: PDP

Bria Bria, Life After Graduation, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Winding down my time at USC (RIP don’t remind me), you can imagine that the number one question I get from literally everyone is: “What are you going to do when you graduate?” I know this is a normal question, but let me tell you I will never enjoy answering it. Not because I’m worried about the future, but because …

I Can’t Imagine Not Fighting On

Natalie Monger Athletics, Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

It’s true; I really can’t. Just three years ago, I stepped foot onto USC’s campus for the second time, having been admitted to USC. (See little Nat below.) This week I'm doing a Q&A on my experience with USC's application process, student life, and resources. Q: Why did you ultimately decide to attend USC? A: This is a photo from …

We are all made of stardust and other things I learned in PChem

Vanessa Pangbourne Chemical, Vanessa, Viterbi Class

Hi everyone! This week we have all been writing about classes. As midterms have started, classes have picked up and the semester is in full force, more and more of my time has been dedicated to my classes. With that, I wanted to write about my favorite class I have taken at USC: CHEM 430 (Physical Chemistry). Chem 430 has …

Current Favorite Class: The Dreaded Mechops

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Ramiro, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life

Whether you are in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Astronautical engineering, and even if you aren't, you'll probably at one point hear about the dreaded Mechoptronics class. You'll probably hear that it's the hardest and most time consuming class AME and ASTE students have to take. You'll hear about the long report writing nights, the tough labs that press you for time, ...

I Went to Medical School?

Rhea Choudhury Rhea Leave a Comment

Okay, so I’ll admit that this title is clickbait. I’m still an undergraduate student here at USC Viterbi, and that won’t change for at least another year. However, some of my favorite classes I’ve taken on campus have been through my minor in Healthcare Studies, offered by the Keck School of Medicine, and I’ve had a few on the medical …

My Favorite Class So Far: Writing?

Nathan Alvarez Nathan, Study, Viterbi Class

After a year and a half as a Mechanical Engineering major, my favorite class so far has been… writing? I know, I know- I’m an engineer and I’m supposed to hate writing and anything else related to the humanities. I’m supposed to dream about math and physics all day and night and never stimulate the other side of my brain. …