I have lived both in University-owned housing as well as private housing throughout my college years. In my freshman year, I lived in Marks Hall, sophomore year in Troy East, and now I am currently living on 3oth street, one block from campus. In all instances, I have had a positive and painless experience!
It was my first day of college, move-in day at the University of Southern California. Was I a little nervous? Sure. But as I collected my belongings from my rental car and stared up at the 8-floor dormitory that would be my new home, I also felt excitement, excitement for the new people I would meet and the memories I would make. With a duffel bag in one hand and a cardboard box thrown over my shoulder, I anxiously waited in the check-in line to enter Birnkrant Residence Hall.
Well, first of all: happy 2014! There’s something really refreshing to me about starting a new year. I like trying to imagine how my life will be different the next time I watch the ball drop. The last couple of years my predictions haven’t even been close, but I like it that way. College is just a great time for new places, new people, and new experiences.
Anyways, there is so much to write about that I’ve decided to organize this blog into three sections: 1) what’s been happening since I last blogged, 2) my classes this semester, and 3) a few upcoming things I’m really excited about.
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!
Hey guys! Not only has winter break already ended but also the first week of school is over! 2013 was a great year but I am thinking that 2014 is going to be even better – it’s off to a great start so far!
With Thanksgiving just around the corner indicating the approach of the holiday season, I’m starting to feel a tinge of homesickness as I won’t be heading back to New Jersey until the middle of December. Although I love everyday here at USC, from classes to food to of course the weather, it’s occasionally hard to not be able to see or talk to family and friends back home for an extended period of time. It’s a completely normal feeling though and I’ve found there are many fun ways to alleviate it: many of which I did just this past week!
I just got back from a pretty fantastic weekend trip home to Oregon! I’ve been really missing home recently, so I’d been counting down to this trip for weeks. Leaving my apartment at 4:45 am on Friday morning was rough, especially since I’m not a morning person, but it was definitely worth it. After that the trip was pretty smooth and I landed safely in Portland around 11 am. I had lunch with my dad before heading home to relax for an hour or two – then I headed down to Corvallis for the OSU vs. USC football game!
Hi everyone! This coming week is going to be filled with networking and looking for internships with the Viterbi Industry Networking Event (VINE), the Viterbi Career Expo, and the SWE Fall Evening with Industry! I took a break this morning from applying to internships to celebrate that it’s October by making my absolute favorite breakfast, pumpkin pancakes!