Winter Break: Blink and You’ll Miss It

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Though scientists say that tachyons are some of the only things in this universe to move faster than light, I’d offer that winter break for college students moves just as fast if not faster than these theorized particles. This momentary respite from the busy life of an engineering student at USC allowed me time to refocus, recharge, and relax. Keep …

Wrapping up my last fall semester!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Thanksgiving break is a much needed rest from classes and there’s just something special about coming back to campus getting ready for the holidays. It’s still amazing to me that this is my last fall semester here. Here are some random thoughts about how my semester was and things I learned! The …

Thank u, next: Finishing First Semester

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Tomorrow marks the last day of classes before Thanksgiving break. Although it is only November, classes for first semester are practically over. When we return from break, there is only one more week of class and then finals. So, now is the perfect time to reflect on the first half of my sophomore year. Coming back to USC for the …

Myth Busted: Engineers Can Have a Social Life, and Here is How

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The presumption that engineering students have a lot of work is true. However, the myth that engineering students do not have time for a social life is false. There are so many things to do in college…eat out with friends, fight on at football games, network with recruiters at career fairs, attend student organization meetings, conduct research experiments, write eight-page …

Why USC was Right For Me

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Deciding where to go to college can be tough. There are so many factors that must be considered in this process and it can be pretty overwhelming trying to figure out where to start.  So here’s my story and some of the factors I considered which led me to USC! Major: I had actually applied to USC as an architecture …

Turning Expectations Into Reality (Why USC)

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In the past, I’ve written a blog about the five factors that led me to attending USC. Check it out if you haven’t already! This time around I want to talk about the goals and expectations I set for myself prior to my first day as an undergrad and whether I was able to meet them during my four years …

Headspace: Tips for Dealing with College Stress

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Hi guys! Happy October, it’s finally finally fall in LA. Fall is my favorite season; I love the cooler weather, fall colors and pumpkin/cinnamon everything. While fall has plenty of upsides, in college, it also means midterms and labs and homework assignments all piling up in the span of a few weeks. October is just about halfway through the semester, …

Freshman Me vs. Sophomore Me

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I am a sophomore who is teaching assistant, otherwise called Freshman Academy Coach, for the engineering course that all freshmen are required to take during their first semester at USC. The purpose of the class is to guide freshmen through their transition to Viterbi and college as a whole. From this experience, I am reminded of all the little details …

Volunteering for extra credit? It’s more likely than you think

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Over the Summer I taught at the CS@SC summer camp, teaching basic Computer Science concepts to middle school students through Scratch. The same professor that runs the camp annually is the professor for my software engineering class, CSCI 201. During one of the first lectures, he offered extra credit for signing up and teaching a mini course through USC’s Joint …

Engineers Can Have Fun, Too!

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My sophomore year has definitely started at a quick pace. I am going into week five of the semester, and I already have my first midterm and paper due! In case you are interested in the daily life of a biomedical engineering major, here is what my semester looks like so far. I am living in a four-person apartment and …

Mythbusted: Engineers are Only Friends With Other Engineers

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This past weekend I was thrifting with a couple of friends. Both of which happened to be non-stem majors. One is in Marshall and the other is majoring in NGOs and social change (non-governmental organizations). We were talking and catching up and of course our classes came up. I’m currently in a mix of EE, dance, and GEs, and I ...

One Last Hoorah! (Entering Senior Year)

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“My name is Daniel I am a senior studying Biomedical Engineering.” I need a moment to let that sink in… This is my last fall semester as a college student. The beginning of the end. To kick the year off, Freshmen Academy Coaches welcomed all the new freshmen engineers at the New Student Welcome, an event filled with fun and …

Bark to School

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Going away to college can be tough (especially when school is 2,090 miles away from home), but the hardest part is always saying bye to my hairy angel, Max.  Max is my 9-year-old cavalier king charles and the light of my life. Here are some tips to help make going away to college and leaving your furry friends a bit …

My Senior Year To-Do List

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I still catch myself stumbling over my words when I tell someone “oh yeah, I’m a senior!” Senior year is officially here and we are back on the grind. These first few weeks have already flown by so quickly, with classes, involvement fairs, and catching up with friends. This semester, I’m taking two grad classes, since I’m pursuing my Masters …

Taking a break from LA!

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Hey hey! It’s been a minute since I posted on here, summer was ridiculously busy but so much fun. I spent my summer interning at Edwards Lifesciences, a biotech company based in Irvine, CA– I worked as a manufacturing engineer in their Transcatheter Heart Valve Delivery Systems business unit, specifically on Pilot Operations. A lot of big words, I know, …

Working as an Orientation Advisor

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   I spent my summer break working for the Office of Orientation Programming as an Orientation Advisor. It was definitely one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever gone through and already miss it!                           This summer has been my favorite summer ever. Imagine getting paid to go to …

Why the Viterbi Summer Abroad Program is What Dreams Are Made Of

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The view down the street from my apartment This summer I had the opportunity to travel to Florence, Italy as a part of the Viterbi Summer Abroad program. Even though I didn’t end up becoming an Italian popstar, I definitely still had the summer of a lifetime. Abroad, I made tons new friends, traveled to places I never had even …

It takes a Village (and other reasons to live in USC Housing)

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When I was a freshman at USC, I lived in Birnkrant Residential College (the honors dorm back when the USC Village was just a twinkle in Max Nikias’ eye). Despite the infamous the lack of air conditioning and communal bathrooms, Birnkrant was one of the best parts of my entire college experience. Birnkrant floor six (affectionately known as BK6) was …

Three Cheers for the New and Improved Membership Banquet

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Every end of semester, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers puts on a typically small membership appreciation banquet as a thank you to its members, a cheer to the end of the semester, and as a way to recognize certain members in SHPE. These recognized members really embraced one of the five pillars of SHPE: academic development, professional development, chapter …

Adventure is Out There: Exploring LA as a Midwesterner

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Until I visited USC last March, I had never been to Los Angeles. When I arrived in LA for my campus visit, I knew very little about the city beyond its idyllic depiction in La La Land, a movie which left me excited to have those quintessentially LA experiences seen in the film. After my visit, I realized why all …