How a College Scholarship Took Me to Hollywood

Miranda Jernberg Best of LA, Chemical, Free Time, Internship, Involvement, Miranda, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

Rewind to Spring 2017 when I applied to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, I was a senior in high school trying to prepare for the price of college. In Fall 2017, I found out that I had been selected as a scholar! I was over the moon with excitement. Receiving a scholarship turned out to be just one opportunity granted to …

A Glimpse of Life as an Adult (Abbott Summer Internship)

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After an unbelievable experience studying abroad in Rome last summer, I thought I would not have a summer as dense and as meaningful in the near future. I’m happy to report that I was wrong. This summer, I have been interning for Abbott Laboratories in Columbus, Ohio. Abbott is a huge company and consists of many different divisions including: Diabetes, …

What is Computer Science (Games)?

Zachary Flores Computer Science, Major, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Zachary Leave a Comment

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 …

Emphases: Just a Little Something Extra!

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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 …

Calm, Cool, and Collected: Making Free Time in College

Miranda Jernberg Free Time, Miranda, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I’m an engineering student. It’s fair to say that most of my time is spent in class, doing homework, or studying for those classes. Sprinkle in a few extracurricular activities, trips to the gym, group meetings, research team meetings, and free time becomes your most limited resource. I think all of us know that mental health is important, we just …

Your First Semester at USC: ENGR 102 Academy

Natalie Monger Natalie, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

Your first semester at USC is a crazy one, but Freshmen Academy is here to help you! You might be wondering, “What is ENGR 102, and why do I have to take it?” ENGR 102 is known as Engineering Freshmen Academy, and it is a 2-unit course that aims to help you settle into USC during your first semester, see …

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 …

Five Factors that led me to USC!

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USC was not my dream school; in fact, I didn’t have a dream school. At the beginning of the college application season, I was not entirely sold on engineering being my future, let alone biomedical engineering. But as the decisions started arriving in the month of April, I started visiting college campuses and interacting with students who lived there, trying …

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 …

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

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

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 …

Second Semester Sophomore Year

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Civil and Environmental, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life

Winter Break in Florida Luckily, this Winter Break I escaped the cold. Really my whole life I've escaped the cold/snow growing up in Florida, and going to college in Southern California.As the second week of school rolls by, I'm excited for what's in store in my classes. This is the first semester where all of my classes (except for the ...

Best Workouts at USC and Setting Goals as an Engineer

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

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 …

Winter Break Extravaganza

Shuntaro Nishi Free Time, Internship, Involvement, Major, Shuntaro, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Work

“So what did you do over the break?” The ultimate ice breaker for students when they return for the spring semester. I decided to take this post to discuss what I exactly I did. The first thing I did was sleep. After finals season I needed to get some energy back. After a full day I went back to working …