Why I Chose USC

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So, I know most of you are starting to consider what school you are interested in attending in the fall.  I thought that I help explain why I decided to come to USC over all the other schools that I was considering.  Maybe by telling you why I chose USC, you will see why this is the best place in …

Electrical Engineering in My Own Words!

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When you’re in college, people always ask you what your major is. And especially in engineering — which is a lot of work, not going to lie — your major defines a lot of what you spend your time doing. So it’s a good thing that I love Electrical Engineering, since I spend a lot of time doing it! Everyone …

Civil Engineering In My Own Words

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I’ve blogged about this topic once before, but now that I’m a senior and less than four months away from starting a real job in civil engineering design, I would say that I now have an even better idea of what civil engineering is. Civil engineers are responsible for designing structures (houses, parking garages, bridges), roads and parking lots, water …

Biomedical (Mechanical) Engineering in My Own Words

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As a senior finishing my degree in Biomedical-Mechanical Engineering, I’ve taken a variety of courses that connect and crossover between departments and disciplines.  I actually blogged about this same topic last year so you can read that blog here. Within biomedical engineering, there are actually four different emphases you can choose: no emphasis, mechanical, electrical, and biochemical.  I have friends …

Spring Semester: At a Glance

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Last fall, I found myself going crazy because I was stretching myself way too thin.  Between my insane class schedule, marching band, working in the lab, my minor, and the Concert Jazz Orchestra, I realized that I could not do this every semester of else I was going to go crazy!  Therefore, I toned down my class schedule this semester …

Fall 2011 Reflection

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I cannot believe I got through this past semester with my sanity intact!!  This past summer, I found myself really excited to start my sophomore year.  My schedule was interesting, with my first real Chemical Engineering class, Thermodynamics, and a physics class based around Electricity and Magnetism.  I also took an analytical chemistry class and advanced writing class.  Most students …

CHAFF gaffes: when things go wrong in research

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Last year I began working in USC’s Collaborative High Altitude Flow Facility during the second week of school. Designated as both a USC lab and a lab for Edwards Airforce Base, CHAFF tests propulsion systems for satellite applications, replicating the space environment in a large vacuum chamber. These past two years CHAFF has been working on a project designed to …

Research – What a Misnomer

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I have never understood the word research. Sure, it makes sense when you’re in fourth grade and you write a research paper. In that case, you really are going back through the discoveries of others and re-searching them. But when it comes to laboratory research, there doesn’t seem to be anything “re” about it. I have been working in the …

Hardest Class v. Favorite Class

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Steel Design Project Analysis It’s difficult for me to pick my favorite class or my hardest class this semester. Now that I’m a senior, I’m taking all upper division classes that cover a huge variety of topics, from Theory of Structures, to Mechanics of Materials, to Steel Design. I’ve also gotten to know the faculty in the civil engineering department …

Hardest Class vs. Favorite Class

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School’s back and between all the welcome back activities, football games, student org meetings and seeing friends that I missed over summer, I’ve hardly had time to think about the fact that I am now somehow a Senior?!  How am I already taking my fourth year of classes?  Looking back to my first semester freshman year till now, my classes …