Happy end of the semester at USC! The time has really flown by this semester, but I am really stoked for this summer. For the first time, I’ll be spending my summer at USC, and I couldn’t be happier to spend some more time at this school I call home. When I was in Germany last semester, I really did miss USC and so I planned on spending the summer here in the nice SoCal sun. On-campus research is a great way to do this!
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.
Student orgs. Research opportunities. Club sports. Welcome back concerts. Sororities. Fraternities. Football season tickets. Beach outings. Seth Meyers comedy show. USC has it all. And if you’re anything like me, you’re going to want to do it all, believe me! But it’s all about finding what excites you most; that’s what’s going to drive you and make you become the most successful version of yourself you can be!
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?
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.
I still remember being a senior in high school trying to juggle sports, school work, and college applications. It is a time of stress, but anxiety to learn where you will be taking your talents next year. There are so many stories of the perfect college fit, the ideal major, or myths about how to get into colleges. While some of these methods may have yielded results for some, it by no means is a fool proof or even advantageous strategy. At an institution like USC, if there was a set standard, set person, set essay, or test score to get in, the student body would be filled with the same type of people and frankly quite boring. And this is simply not the case.
I can still remember the stressful month of April during my senior year, trying to look at the schools I was accepted to and trying to decide on a university I would attend for the next four years of my life. It was not until a couple days before May 1st when I finally decided on USC. Now, as I finish up my last month at USC, I can confidently say that I made the right choice. I thought it might be useful to anyone who is still on the fence about coming to USC to see why I decided to attend.
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.
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!
For my first project in BME 416: Regulation of Medical Devices, I got to choose a specific medical device that I wanted to improve, then research existing patents to see what steps I would need to take to create my own, reinvented version of that chosen product. I chose to focus on soccer shin guards because I love soccer and wanted to see what patents for soccer equipment were already existent. I also thought that I could potentially come up with a way to add a piece to shin guards that could help prevent ankle or knee injury, since both ankle and knee injuries are very common in soccer.