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Spring Break Recap!

Hey All,

Midterms are slowly beginning to slow down so I can finally tell you about my Spring Break.  I decided to break it up into two parts, half of which I would go car-camping, and the other traveling to Portland, Oregon.   In retrospect this made my break very busy and let me really make the most out of the free week!

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Beaux and Arrow Invite

Hey everyone! We are another week closer to spring break. Even though I have been swamped with midterms and papers in the last couple of weeks, I was able to take a break and go to Pi Beta Phi’s invite called Beaux and Arrow. It is Valentine’s Day themed and so fun!  I wanted to tell you a little bit about how it went this last weekend.

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My Top 10 Countdown of Fall 2013

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I can’t believe this semester is already coming to an end. It really does feel like it started a few weeks ago. I’m so excited for Christmas break though! So much has happened this semester, and I figured I’d tell y’all about it with my top 10 countdown of this fall semester.

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USC Fall Semester at a Glance

Hey everyone! I cannot believe the fall semester of my sophomore year is already coming to an end. I hope you have enjoyed all of my blogs so far. Since this semester has been so fun-filled, I thought I would give you my top 10 memories.  Continue reading

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An Exciting Upcoming Week!

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First just want to mention how incredibly excited I am that we beat Stanford this weekend!! It was hands down the most exciting game ever, and the spirit and energy were absolutely amazing.  Coming off that victory, I have a busy and exciting week ahead!

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Me and Will working it out to Prince

The Best Friday Night Ever

As a senior, life can get pretty crazy sometimes. We hear all these stereotypes about “senioritis” and the like. However, this is one of the busiest times of the year for all seniors. Our classes haven’t exactly slowed down. In fact, it’s the opposite. This stuff is the real deal, and the classes I’m in now are incredibly relevant to the industries I want to work in. In addition to all the involvements we’ve maintained outside of the class, there is the added time spent on locking up that full time employment. We are at the peak of recruiting season right now, and all our career centers are in full swing. Applying for jobs, and grad school, and generally planning the next year or more of our lives, is forcing some of us to realize that our friend groups are going to be forced to geographically split soon. I know my Trojan family and the friends I’ve made here are mine for life, but I also realize that we are all going to go to a lot of different places to pursue careers, further education, dreams, and the like. With this realization, I have definitely made it a point this semester to set aside at least one evening every weekend for a large group of friends to get together and have an insane amount of LA fun. This past Friday was probably one of the best Fridays I have ever had as a student here.
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My Favorite Class This Semester: DANC188A International Style Ballroom Dance

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Most people think I’m crazy when I tell them that my night class is my favorite class I’m taking this semester. They always want to know how I could possibly enjoy any class enough to willingly go to class from 7:30-9:00 pm each Tuesday and Thursday. For me though, it’s pretty simple. I’m absolutely in love with my night class because it’s DANC 188A: International Style Ballroom Dance.

 

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I love spending the afternoon at Santa Monica Beach

My Top 10 Study Breaks

Brace yourself…midterms are coming.

I still find it hard to believe that midterm season is already upon us. It seems like the first week of school was maybe two weeks ago at most, and I was shocked to hear my analytical chemistry professor announce that our first midterm was going to be this Friday. Time to break out those old study habits again. Although I get wrapped up in studying for hours on end sometimes way too easily, I’m always taking different types of study breaks to give my mind a break and get up and move some.  With that being said, I figured I’d give you a list of what I believe are the top 10 best study breaks for USC students. Continue reading

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USC Round Two

Hey guys! Hope you had a great summer! I am so happy to be back in action at USC for another amazing semester. Classes have only been in session for two weeks and I have already started making irreplaceable memories. I thought I’d give you a little sneak peak at two of my favorite events that have happened so far, Bid Night and the Fall Sports Rally!

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Starting Off Sophomore Year!

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I hope you all have had a good start to the semester. I can’t believe I already have my first midterm next week. The fall semester always seems to fly by way too fast.

I’m so excited to start my sophomore year here at USC! My schedule is tough this semester—analytical chemistry, physics: electricity and magnetism, and thermodynamics—but I’m also enrolled in ballroom dancing, which is proving to be so much fun! We’re currently learning the fox trot, and a few of my engineering friends like Alex Coco are taking it with me!

Besides classes, I’m thrilled to start my research this semester. I’m doing research under Professor Paul Ronney studying microscale combustion reactions. Samantha Kaplan and I are also working in connection with Professor Khoshnevis’ 3D printing lab to help with the design process.

So much has already happened this school year! The first week of school was Panhellenic formal sorority recruitment, and at the end of the week, we got to welcome the 74 newest members of Tri Delta with a bid night celebration, complete with a photo booth, DJ, airbrush glitter tattoos, a food truck, and lots of pink.

Welcoming fellow chemical engineer, Cory Cochran, home to Tri Delta!

Welcoming fellow chemical engineer, Cory Cochran, home to Tri Delta!

On Bid Night we wear pink!

On Bid Night we wear pink!

Patrick and I decided to get away from the city this past weekend, so we packed up and headed down to San Diego. Patrick had never been to San Diego before, and I haven’t been since I was 8 years old. We spent Saturday exploring the San Diego Zoo! I loved seeing the pandas. It was the mama panda’s 22nd birthday, and the zoo had celebrated by giving her a piñata and a 200 pound ice cake full of fruits and bamboo. My favorite animals we saw were the giraffes. There was even a baby (which was already 7 feet tall) that was running around with the adults.  On Sunday, we explored the city, visiting different areas such as Old Town, the Gas Lamp District, Seaport Village, and Coronado.

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

I loved seeing my favorite animals!

I loved seeing my favorite animals!

Seaport Village San Diego

Seaport Village San Diego

Along with being a Viterbi Student Ambassador, I am on the executive board for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). This year, we are starting a new mentorship program where we are going to create “families” comprised of at least one freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior. I’m so excited for this because I love getting tips on classes from the older students and sharing what I’ve learned so far in my time at USC with the freshmen. We have our first meeting next week, and I can’t wait to find out who my family will be!

And as always, I am so excited for football season!

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