I’m going to start by saying that everyone at USC is really smart- everyone I’ve met including myself was a top student in high school who got good grades and did well. In general a lot of people were the ones that got asked to help but never had to ask for help. Engineering school is different.
This week was crazy both inside and outside of class! It was a hectic week of midterms and projects, and I was also trying to plan for a smooth transition into spring break! On top of that, there was another animal study in my research lab on Tuesday – more on that later in the blog!
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!