You’d think that as the semester begins to wind down, life would become a little less hectic. For me, however, that hasn’t been the case lately. This past week was a whirlwind of events, homework, and midterms leading up to Thanksgiving break next week.
Most Tuesday and Wednesday nights you’ll find me at King Hall (KOH), located just across from the residential dorm Webb Tower and above the dining hall Cafe 84. So whether after dinner or looking for a place to study away from the distractions in my apartment, I’d say KOH is my favorite study spot on campus.
With midterm season finally coming to an end, I figured I ought to tell y’all what some of my favorite places to study around campus are!
I spend most of my time studying in my apartment. I like how quite it is and how I have everything I need only a few feet away, but when I’m not studying in my apartment, my two favorite to study are my sorority’s dining room and the engineering quad.
It’s probably pretty safe to say that about 80 percent of the time I study in my apartment. This is partly because I do a majority of my studying in the evenings and I like to be able to lounge around in comfy clothes and have constant access to snack food. I also like to wear my noise-canceling headphones and listen to music when I study and they kind of make me look like a bug, so I try to avoid that in public. However, I definitely wouldn’t categorize my apartment as my favorite study spot. While I’m often very productive since it’s pretty quiet, whenever I have some time to study between classes, on weekends, or if I’m just feeling more adventurous, I head over to Figueroa.
At USC, there are a variety of study spots. For the all-night studiers, there is Leavey Library. For the hungry studiers, there are the tables at the Tutor Campus Center. For the traditional-library studiers, there is Doheny Library. And for the engineering studiers, there is Salvatori Computing Lab. But for those studiers who also want to get a tan while studying, there is only one place to go: McCarthy Quad. Continue reading
We’re about halfway through the semester now and classes are in full swing. I figured I’d do a quick recap of my week to give you all an idea of what a week in the life of a chemical engineer is like starting last Friday!
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
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!
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
I loved seeing my favorite animals!
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!
Hi everyone! Well, today was the last day of classes…I can’t believe how fast this semester went! I still feel like I just got back from winter break! Anyway. These last couple of weeks I’ve been saying goodbye to all my friends who are seniors. It’s really hard to say goodbye to so many good friends. But on the bright side, everyone I know who is graduating has a very bright future ahead of them, and I can’t wait to see what they will do with their lives.
This semester was one of my best. I’ve been incredibly busy (I actually got to sleep in for the first time all semester on Tuesday). But I’ve had a wonderful time with everything I’ve been doing. Some highlights of my semester:
Getting a little sister in Helenes:
My water polo team winning 3rd place in our division:
Having my research accepted to be presented in Chicago and Philadelphia:
My research with CHLA is officially complete! Can't wait to present my research at an INFORMS conference this summer! #ViterbiResearch
And finishing it off with a spontaneous decision to walk to the LA Memorial Sports Arena for a “The Killers” concert last night!
I’m sad that this semester is coming to a close, but I have some really awesome summer plans that I’m really excited about! In a couple of weeks I’ll be traveling to South Korea for my iPodia class with Cassanda, Steve, Gavin, Zach, Lyssa, and Vlad. We already got to meet the students from South Korea when they visited us at the beginning of the semester, but I can’t wait to meet all of the other students that I have been collaborating with from Peking University, Aachen University, and Technion University. I’ll be in South Korea for about 2 weeks, and then I’ll return home.
I’ve also secured an internship for the summer! I’ll be interning at The Boeing Company as a Finance Intern at El Segundo. This is perfect for me, because I’ve been really interested in going into finance, but my background is in engineering and I am still very much interested in that at well. So, what could be better than a finance position at an engineering company! I can’t think of anything! Plus, Natalie will also be working there over the summer so I’ll be able to see her! Really excited for that!
Well, that about wraps it up for me! Finals are coming up this week so for now I’m just studying! Wish me luck!
P.S. My new favorite song is “Mirrors” by Justin Timberlake!
I just finished my last class for the semester. It’s kind of strange! As cliche as it sounds, junior year quite literally flew past me. Some moments seem so far away, but others like they were merely minutes ago. 2 weeks from now, I will be done with finals and officially be a senior Trojan. I don’t really know how this is real life, but I will go with it! I’ve had a fantastic three years, and I know my last one will be no exception.
This semester was truly fantastic. I can honestly say I feel like every class I took gave me some useful skills that I didn’t have before. Whether it was legitimate analog circuit design in EE348, learning C++ and coding up mazes, puzzle games, and even a Verilog file simulator in my EE355 class (weird concept, I know), building a MATLAB GUI and real-time data analysis/writing a technical report based around a sensor stick and pitching a potential product to sell to wind farms and power companies in EE337, or learning about every type of contract law, trusts, wills, and white collar crime in my business law class, I truly felt like I expanded my mind this semester. I have come away with a true understanding of how to be efficient, how to push myself, and how to apply a plethora of new skills.
Now, for the exciting part. After the fantastic semester I’ve had (and granted I survive the toughest round of finals I will probably have as a student here), I will be headed to Dresden, Germany to work for GLOBALFOUNDRIES as a yield engineering intern! I am incredibly excited, nervous, and terribly frightened at the same time. The beauty of human emotions, huh? We’re such complex beings:p But really, I am so excited more than anything for this opportunity. You can read about GLOBALFOUNDRIES on their website, but basically they are a fab that opened in 2009 and they make wafers to sell to companies like Qualcomm (where I have worked the past two summers), who then use them for their products which go into devices made by OEMs (phones, tablets, etc). So this summer will help me take a step back in the supply chain process of the semiconductor industry, and fully see how everything works from start to finish. I had a feeling when I started at Viterbi, my path in EE would be related to semiconductors (this is what my dad does, so I wanted to believe I might fall for something else and pave my own path. Alas, like father like daughter). Now, going into senior year, I’ve officially decided to specialize in integrated circuits (exactly what semiconductors are), and follow in my daddy’s footsteps (at least for now. I have much different plans for my career as a whole!). It will be so cool to actually be working with these wafers and conducting failure analyses/interacting with some of GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ customers, and then come back to school and put some of my newly found knowledge to test in the classroom with my MOS VLSI design class, EE477. Then the following semester, I will be in EE438, which is a continuation of EE338 (introduction to semiconductor devices), in which I will actually get to go into the clean room in my bunny suit and make a wafer design!
A cleanroom at GLOBALFOUNDRIES
Recently, I’ve been looking for housing for my internship, and I finally got assigned to a student dorm! It’s gorgeous, and I could not be more thrilled It will be in the heart of Dresden, which is not very close to my work (my company is in an industrial area, with not very many temporary housing options). However, I’ve heard Dresden has excellent public transportation. I’ve already looked up which buses/trams/the train I need to get to work. It will take me about 45 minutes each way. But I don’t mind! That will be a great time to screenwrite, people watch, and watch LSAT vids for my online course (I will be retaking the test in the fall to improve my score, and get it out of the way once and for all!).
Where I will be living in Dresden this summer!
A student dorm for the Technical University in Dresden
Looks so colorful. Will update on how this place looks in real life soon enough…
Did I mention I don’t speak a word of Germany btw? Because I most certainly do not. So from a cultural and linguistic perspective, this will be quite the adventure and learning experience. I hope to pick up a great deal of German, and learn a lot of German culture. I think this will be a fantastic growing experience for me on so many levels. Not to mention hilarious source material:P
Any way, onward to finals! Here’s to finishing up the year strongly. Look out for a blog about my friend group’s second annual trip to San Diego (my hometown soon), Waiting for pictures to process, and then I’ll end the year with that one. Also, since yesterday was commit day, I’d like to officially welcome all new members of the Trojan family. Prepare for the best 4, or 2 years of your life. Appreciate every minute! I am realizing now how quickly it can pass by.