Experiencing the Trojan Family: A USC Education Reaches Beyond Your Coursework

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus

Today I want to write about some recent events I have been to (or put on myself) to show that a USC education isn’t just about attending classes, studying, and taking tests. In my opinion, it’s important to take advantage of these events. You may even make a connection for an internship or meet someone who is willing to help …

Mid-Semester Review

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

So we are in October, which means we’re about half way through the Fall semester. Right now, is a good time to look back and reflect on how the semester has been going. I find this helpful to see what has been working and how I can improve to finish strong. I’m studying Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Building …

Engineering and Arts go together like PB&J

Shuntaro Nishi Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Music, Shuntaro, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

The Defiant Ones. No this post is not about being an angsty teenager rebelling against their parents. This is about the television series about Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. I think the first thing this blog will address is the lie they feed you about how the right and left side of the brain are separated and no person can …

Future Cinema, Powerful Storytelling, and Superpowers

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus

This semester, I had some extra space in my schedule, so I decided to take an elective in the School of Cinematic Arts. Now that I’m a junior and have completed most of my core classes, I’m starting to dive into classes that are more specific to my interests. I am seriously loving my film school elective, Future Cinema (IML365). …

#ThroughHerEyes: From Elementary School to Viterbi

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Why USC, Women In Engineering

One of my main role models, Melinda Gates, is asking girls in computer science to share their stories of how they got into computing with the hashtag #ThroughHerEyes. I thought I would share my story here with you all since a caption on social media can’t capture it fully. Here’s my story… As a child, I was fortunate that my …

Building Science: For the Design-y Engineers

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

Yo yo yo whats up. So, choosing a major… it’s hard.. especially when you have so many options. But guess what, you don’t have to know exactly what you’re going to study entering your freshman year. And, even if you think you know what you’re going to study, your experiences at college might shape your path in a different way …

This Shuntaro Life

Shuntaro Nishi Free Time, Music, podcast, Shuntaro

The Fall Playlist to rock the leaves right off of your trees. However, this is not a normal playlist of regular music, but it is comprised of all my favorite playlists that I have been listening to. This is for everyone! People that listen to podcasts daily to people who have never listened to a podcast in their life. Well …

Computer Science, Business, and Dance: How Viterbi is Helping Me Make Sense of My Passions

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Women In Engineering

Up until I entered USC, I thought of my two main passions, dance and computer science, as two separate entities. I have been programming since my sophomore year of high school, which led me to declare a major in Viterbi, and I have been dancing since I was three, so I picked up a minor in Kaufman to keep up …

8 Things I Wish I Knew Before My Freshman Year

Siena Applebaum Siena, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

It’s officially August, which means in a couple weeks I’ll be headed back to USC for my sophomore year and just over 3,000 students will be starting their first year as Trojans! Exactly a year ago, I was a graduated high school senior getting ready for my freshman year at USC by obsessively reading every freshmen advice column and watching …

Transferring into the Trojan Family

Shuntaro Nishi Shuntaro, Students, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

I still remember the day I got into USC, May 21st 2016. As a transfer I was still at school so I received the news through a phone call from my Mom. I was joining a transfer class of 1,475 people coming from all over the map! Just like each transfer I came in with the same concerns. How would …

Hackathon 101: A Survival Guide

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Life, Yingyu Leave a Comment

Welcome to the world of hackathons! For those of you just discovering the excitement of hackathons, here’s some more information to get rid of the myths that hackers are mysterious techies working for secret government organizations. In reality, hackathons are prime opportunities to create, build and innovate over the span of two days. With a number of technical workshops to attend, …

NAE Grand Challenges: Update!!

Rhea Choudhury Biomedical, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Rhea, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Work Leave a Comment

Hey guys! My last  blog was before spring break; I was super hyped about heading to DC for the NAE Grand Challenges competition and presenting the business plan my team and I created. Now that break and the competition are both over, I wanted to update you guys as to how it went! Here’s how the three days I spent …

Min Family Challenge Update

betty-2017 Betty, Entrepreneurship, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

I wrote about the Min Family Social Entrepreneurship Competition earlier and I wanted to give you all an update on how we’re doing! Adam and I’s team, Lotus Cups, is officially in the final round! We’re so honored to be in this group with some pretty incredible teams with crazy awesome things they’re trying to accomplish. In the last month, …

My Current Favorite Podcasts!

Michelle Michelle, podcast Leave a Comment

Helloo friends! Recently, I’ve found myself getting really into podcasts. They’re the perfect thing for me to listen to when I’m cooking (mindlessly chopping up vegetables can get REALLY tedious), commuting to my internship at JPL, or even walking to class. I love how they teach me something every single day, and I feel like I’m using my down time …

MIDTERM SEASON: Time Management Tips and Dealing with Stress

Rhea Choudhury Rhea, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

The middle of September to the middle of October is notoriously known amongst USC students as “Midterm Season.” Encompassing both the 1/3 mark of the semester and the halfway point, the majority of classes have either an exam, a presentation or a paper due; if you’re lucky, they’re not all in the same week, but if you’re not, then midterms …

Engineering and Entrepreneurship: LavaLab

Michael Thorson Entrepreneurship, Michael, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Entering my Junior year this semester, I felt nervous. I was nervous that by studying Aerospace Engineering, one of the most specific majors in Viterbi, I was locking myself into a very narrow career path: immediately launching into a big company after graduation to build rockets and satellites. Obviously revolutionizing the air and space industry at Boeing or NASA still …