Back to School: College Edition

Yingyu Sun Campus Events, Social & Diversity, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Yingyu Leave a Comment

To all the new Trojans, welcome to the family! You’re in for a wild and amazing ride for the next four years, and you couldn’t have picked a better school. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re feeling a mix of excitement and back-to-school jitters — that was me before my freshman year! With only a few weeks before classes start, …

How to: College as an International Student

Vanessa Pangbourne Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit, Vanessa, Why USC Leave a Comment

The transition from high school to university is a huge one as is, but I also moved countries when I was moving into my freshman year dorm. Two years before that I moved from Santiago, Chile to Vancouver, Canada and I moved between countries a handful of other times too. As an International student, there are a few extra things …

Major Key Alert: A Smooth College Transition

Daniel Donchev Daniel, Involvement, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

USC is a whole new, fast-paced, and exciting world that demands acclimation. There are more opportunities than ever, more events/resources, and more people to interact with; however, you must balance it all with a substantial course load and the same amount of time as before. The transition is manageable. There are several things I did to prepare myself for a much …

Reflecting on Freshman Year: 5 Ways College Has Changed Me

Nathan Alvarez Campus Events, Free Time, Involvement, Nathan, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

The fact that I am moving back to campus in a few weeks blows my mind. I still clearly remember how it felt opening my acceptance letter over a year ago. I was not sure exactly what to expect when coming to college, which I now realize makes sense because everyone’s experience is so different that it’s hard to explain …

BK4Life: The Best Residential College on Campus

Celeste Goodwin Biomedical, Celeste, Dorm, Housing, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

During the summer before I came to USC as a freshman, I was freaking out about where I was going to live. I watched every Youtube video, read every blog, and read the housing website seemingly hundreds of times. What I decided upon was Birnkrant, the honors dorm with a traditional dorm style. I now know that I definitely made …

Sprang Break in Rosarito!

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Ballin on a budget is my college motto. While many college students go the typical Cancun or Cabo route (#basic), the way my bank account is set up… I had to get creative. This year my friends and I, affectionately known as the Junkyard, reserved an AirBNB and took a road trip to Rosarito Mexico. Rosarito is a small touristy …

The Environmental Core: USC’s student activism group

Aarya Suryavanshi Aarya, Hikes, Social & Diversity Leave a Comment

Hello all! First off, here’s my song recommendation for this bi-weekly blog: Worthy by Jacob Banks My main involvement on campus is with the Environmental Core. This club, endearingly called “ecore”, is a student-run environmental activism group on campus. We try to make sustainable and impactful change on campus, be that through installing drought resistant plants, or working with USC’s …

Keeping It All Balanced

Bria Bria, Civil and Environmental, Service, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

So I am a few short hours away from #SpringBreak2017 and I have officially decided that this has been the most stress-free semester I’ve ever had. After much trial and error, I think I have figured out how exactly to structure your semester so that you have minimum stress and maximum fun. Keeping academics, extracurriculars, and your social life is difficult …

So what exactly is Environmental Engineering?

Bria Bria, Civil and Environmental, Internship, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

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 …