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My Advice to Freshmen: Just Keep Swimming

Entering college, I was told time and time again my first year would fly by. I thought they were all exaggerating. Well, they weren’t. And the scary thing is that sophomore year flies by even faster. I still can’t believe that I am almost halfway done with my time as an undergrad at USC.  During that first year, days blurred into weeks and weeks blurred into ¼ of my college career completed. Over these past two years, I’ve learned a lot about myself, mostly through the things I got involved with freshman year.

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What It’s Like as a Girl in Engineering

I still get looks of surprise when people ask me what I’m studying and my response is that I’m a chemical engineer. These shocked expressions are typically followed by a series of questions such as the following:

No, what are you really studying?

Really?

What’s it like to be a girl in a field so strongly dominated by males?

But you’re in a sorority?

And frankly I don’t get it. Why is it so hard for people to wrap their heads around the fact that not all engineers are males? Why is it so difficult for people to grasp the fact that I am in a sorority and in Viterbi. For some reason, the two aren’t supposed to go hand in hand. But they do.  So I’m here to address those frequently asked questions.

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Why I Love Attending USC

It’s so hard to believe that I am already almost halfway done with my time at USC as an undergraduate student. The time really does seem to fly by. Looking back over my past two years at this wonderful university, I realized I honestly could not imagine myself anywhere else.

Unlike some people at USC, I was not born and raised a Trojan. Both of my parents went to small schools in the Dallas, Texas area, and the idea of going out to college in California seemed quite daunting.  When April rolled around, and it was time to make my decision on where I was to spend the next four years! I was debating between USC, Vanderbilt, University of Texas at Austin, and Washington University in St. Louis.

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USC – The Right Pick for Me

Hey everyone! I hope you have had enjoyable weeks. I took a week off from blogging to take a trip to Mexico for spring break and had a great time! Now that I’m back in the groove of things, I cannot believe this school year is already coming to an end, and I will be a junior before I know it. It feels like not too long ago that I was choosing which college to go to. Since many of you will be making your college decisions in the next month or so, I thought I would tell you a little bit about why I chose to come to USC.

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Why I chose USC and couldn’t imagine being anywhere else!!

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! I just got back from Hawaii for spring break which was amazing and it’s definitely hard to get back into work mode after that, but this week I wanted to share about what made me choose USC.  Choosing college is by far the most difficult decision I had faced at that time, and it’s a huge commitment to choose somewhere for four years, but USC not only lived up to my expectations but far exceeded them.

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Spring 2014: The arduous countdown to graduation!

I am so happy to be starting my last semester at USC. It seems as though my four years have gone by so fast and I cannot believe I will be graduating in four months. However, before I graduate, I gotta make it through my last semester at USC. And it is NOT an easy one. I am taking twenty units this semester, consisting of six classes. Thankfully, I got some great downtime during my winter recess in order to prepare myself for this tough upcoming semester.

Before I got home for winter break, I actually went to Las Vegas for the Royal Purple Vegas Bowl with the USC Trojan Marching Band. Unfortunately, my first two years at USC, the football team was banned from attending bowl games, and last year, I was not able to go. Therefore, I knew I had to go this year, and I cannot complain about getting a trip to Vegas! It was a really fun trip and I am so happy that we beat the fresno state bulldogs!!

After getting back from the trip, I drove home and immediately secured my place on the couch. I really enjoyed spending time with my family and decompressing from the past semester. Even though I spent a lot of time at home, I was able to get out for a couple fun trips. On New Years Day, I went skiing up at Alpine Meadows. The conditions were not the best, but at a big resort like Alpine, there is a lot of snowmaking, so it was still very enjoyable. It didn’t hurt that it was a beautiful day…

A couple days later, my dad, sister, and I headed down to San Francisco to go for a city hike. We have kind of made it a tradition to do a hike in San Francisco every year, and this year, we tried exploring some different neighborhoods we have not seen before. We drove over to West Portal and met with my dad’s cousin and his wife. We enjoyed walking over to Grand View Park. We then walked through the Sunset District, Golden Gate Park, the Presidio, and had lunch over at the marina. We then walked up Russian Hill, down Filbert Street, through North Beach, and down to the Embarcadero. In total, it was around 16 miles. What a great hike!

Even though I had a good break, I was somewhat eager to begin my last semester at USC. This semester, as I said above, is going to be pretty difficult. I am taking six classes, five of which are technical. CHE 446 is called Mass Transfer and it covers essentially what its name implies – mass transfer. The past two semesters, I have taken a class on fluid mechanics and heat transfer, so this is the last of three transfer classes. CHE 460 is called Chemical Process Dynamics and Control. This class essentially looks into industrial process systems and how to optimize and automate these processes. CHE 480 is called Chemical Process and Plant Design and it is my senior capstone class. In this class, I will work on my senior design project, which should be challenging, but hopefully very rewarding as well. CHEM 430b is a physical chemistry class focused on quantum mechanics. This class seems extremely challenging so far, but should be very interesting and applicable to my pursuits in nuclear fusion research. ANTH 315 is called North American Indians. This is my category II general education class and is focused on looking into modern native american culture and the impact other, outside societies have had on this culture. MATH 245 is called Mathematics of Physics and Engineering II. This class dives into partial differential equations. This class is not a part of the required chemical engineering curriculum. However, I am interested in attending graduate school for Nuclear Engineering and these programs want to see that I have a knowledge of partial differential equations. I am actually really enjoying this class so far. It’s been three years since I have taken a math class, but I think it will be a fun class.

I have a very busy semester ahead of me, but I am very excited to graduate in May and move on to the next chapter of my life!

 

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My Top 10 Countdown of Fall 2013

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I can’t believe this semester is already coming to an end. It really does feel like it started a few weeks ago. I’m so excited for Christmas break though! So much has happened this semester, and I figured I’d tell y’all about it with my top 10 countdown of this fall semester.

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USC Fall Semester at a Glance

Hey everyone! I cannot believe the fall semester of my sophomore year is already coming to an end. I hope you have enjoyed all of my blogs so far. Since this semester has been so fun-filled, I thought I would give you my top 10 memories.  Continue reading

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Top 10 Countdown Fall 2013

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This semester has flown by!  It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is over and finals are right around the corner.  So many things have happened to make this semester truly memorable.  Below I have listed some of the highlights from my semester, Enjoy!

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