Networking (with your Friends!)

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One thing I’ve learned since being in college is that while networking with corporate representatives is important, making connections with your peers and the people you work with in school is crucial. The Trojan Family is definitely a real thing and I’ve encountered Trojan alums throughout the recruiting process (and in all 3 of my internships). Daisy!! Besides the value …

So what exactly is Environmental Engineering?

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I am now in week 4 (i think?) of my sixth semester at USC and time and time again I always find myself answering the question, “So what exactly is Environmental Engineering?” Well the answer to that is kind of complex and simple at the same time, so I’ll break it down for you here. I’ll start by rewinding a few …

Why USC Was the One for Me

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I remember two years ago when I had to make the most difficult decision of my life: where to commit for college. Not only was I looking at various scholarships and different financial aid packages, but I was also looking at different cities, different engineering programs, and ultimately different paths for my life. My parents and friends all had their …

Environmental Engineering + Nonprofits = Life

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When thinking about my favorite classes, I have two in mind that I love: PPD 402 and CE 210L. I took CE 210L (aka Introduction to Environmental Engineering Microbiology) last semester and it was such a cool experience. In class we learned about sulfur bacteria and their role in odor control and crown corrosion in sewer pipes, and the same …

Looking Ahead to Senior Spring Semester

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I don’t know how this happened, but it’s my last semester here at USC! After a wonderfully relaxing (and warm) winter break at home in Florida, I’m back on the (still nice and warm) West Coast. I spent a lot of time with family, and studying for my Engineer in Training (EIT) exam which I took at the beginning of …

Fall Internship Hunting

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Wow, I can’t believe it’s already October. This semester is flying by and Halloween (the best holiday ever) is around the corner! The Fall Viterbi Career Fair is also around the corner and I’ve already started prepping for it. Last year, I took my resume to the Viterbi Career Services office and had someone look over it with me and …

My Summer at Disney!

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I cannot believe it’s already been 5 weeks since I left SC!  I am missing it terribly, of course, but so far summer is fantastic.  I’m spending my days interning at the Happiest Place on Earth, Disney World! Last year, I interned in the Environmental Engineering Department, which I loved.  I worked mostly on data collection and data analysis to …

My Summer Plans: Interning at Walt Disney World

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This summer, I am very lucky to be returning to Walt Disney World for a second summer! Last year, I worked in the Environmental Engineering Department, doing data collection and analysis regarding the ways to make Disney’s Parks and Resorts more energy efficient.  This year, I will be working in the Mechanical Engineering Department.  Since I am a Mechanical Engineering …

Sustainable LEED design is all around us!

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This semester, as a part of my environmental emphasis within Chemical Engineering, I am taking a course in Sustainable Design and Construction. The course essentially prepares students to take the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification exam by the end of the semester. Many people in the class are taking it primarily for this purpose as some of them are …

My Major: Chemical Engineering (Environmental)

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As I am now in the midst of my senior year of college, it’s nice to reflect back on my years at USC and how I came to choose engineering and Chemical Engineering specifically. I decided to major in engineering after talking to my brother who graduated college with a Mechanical Engineering degree. Hearing about his coursework and his experience made me …

Choosing an Emphasis: Chemical Engineering (Environmental)

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One of the best things about majoring in engineering at USC is that you have the option to choose a specific emphasis that allows you to take more specialized courses. Just within Chemical Engineering there are five different emphases to choose from: Biochemical Environmental Nanotechnology Polymers/Material Science Petroleum Not to mention there is a straight ChemE track where you don’t …

Summer Plans!

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For the past couple of months, I’ve been amping up to spend 12 weeks of the summer in Chicago! I remember being so excited when I got the internship offer from Abbott to work in their Environmental Health and Safety Division in their main North Chicago branch. I’ve talked with multiple people who interned there in the past and they …

Research – What a Misnomer

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I have never understood the word research. Sure, it makes sense when you’re in fourth grade and you write a research paper. In that case, you really are going back through the discoveries of others and re-searching them. But when it comes to laboratory research, there doesn’t seem to be anything “re” about it. I have been working in the …