Back to school? Back to the grind!!!

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After an exciting summer of interning and catching up with all my friends from back home, I had a yearning for my home away from home. I missed all the late night chats with friends, spontaneous adventures to get random food at places I’ve never heard of, rallying for the Trojans on gameday, etc, etc, etc… This year, I’m living …

The Technology Behind the Magic: My Internship at Disney

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This past summer was the best summer of my life, and there is no doubt about that. For the past year or so, I wondered what it would be like to work for Disney, a company that many of us grew up loving. For a while, I thought of Disney in terms of Disneyland and those beautiful animated movies like …

Making Games for Directed Research!

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For the upcoming year I will be working as an engineer for an Augmented Reality rhythm game called Beatcaster! It is one of seven games picked to be developed in the USC Advanced Games Project (AGP) through the School of Cinematic Arts for the entire year. Most seniors studying Computer Science (Games) choose to work on one of these projects …

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 …

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 …

My Last Internship at Slack! What’s next?

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Highlights of summer 2018: enjoying a nice 60 degree summer, spending more on brunch and boba than I should have, interning at an amazing company (plus a trip to Six Flags!), and getting my first full-time job offer!! This summer, I was back at Slack in San Francisco for the second time, working as an engineering intern. I was back …

A Summer of Engineering

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Summer time! Most students would associate the season with long, hot days, beaches, ice cream parties, and quality time with friends. While I have gotten my fair share of “under the summer sun” time throughout the summer break, most of my summer has been comprised of three things: work, work, work (thank you for giving me a beat to read …

What is Computer Science (Games)?

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Two of the most common responses I get when I tell people I’m majoring in Computer Science Games are 1) “Oh so you do game design?” and 2) “So you must really play a lot of games”. And while a decent answer to both of these questions is yes, it’s not what CS Games is really about. I thought I’d …

CSCI 104: Is It Really That Bad?

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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!

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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 …

What can I do with my computer science degree?

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Hey everyone! Today I started interviewing candidates for a Project Manager position for Code the Change, a student organization that builds software products for non-profits in LA. It inspired me to discuss some myths about majoring in computer science and possible career paths that you might not have known existed for CS majors. First, I want to start of by …

My Semester Experience in Pictures

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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

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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 …

What’s it like working at a startup?

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Happy day before spring break! Before I head out to Lake Tahoe for the weekend, I wanted to share some thoughts about an incredibly hot topic. Startups have been all the rage recently, as we can definitely see in that all-too-relevant meme: “Hey I have a startup idea, can you handle the development? I’ll handle the business side.” Especially being …

It’s Happening! AthenaHacks 2018

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While it might be midterm season for some… it’s AthenaHacks season for me! (Just kidding, databases midterm on Monday!) Months and months of planning have led up to these 24 hours. This weekend, I’m running AthenaHacks, which is an all-female hackathon hosted here at USC! Last year, a couple of friends and I co-founded AthenaHacks, so it’s only our second …

I Can’t Imagine Not Fighting On

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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 …

Research at USC: How to Get It, Keep It, and Be Rewarded By It

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Hello there, research hopefuls! If you are coming to USC interested in research, look no further than this How-To Guide! I’m in the research spirit right now: I’ve been meeting back-to-back with different research partners, comprehending papers on neural networks, and preparing to present some research at the AAAI conference next weekend. So let me splurge my secrets on how …

Best Workouts at USC and Setting Goals as an Engineer

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Happy New Year and new semester! The main goal I set for myself for spring 2018 is to get on a better fitness schedule. Since you all are probably starting your goals for the new year as well, I thought this would be a good chance to share some of my favorite workout places around USC and give tips on …

Neuroscience, Games, and Data in Dance

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Many students coming to college for engineering want to know if it’s possible to take classes in other areas, or electives as we call them. My answer is always… YES! I wrote about an elective I took this semester, Future Cinema, during the middle of the semester, and I now want to write about two other electives I took as …