Every CE 451 Water Resources Engineering class, my professor, J.J. Lee, asks, “What is the main job of an engineer?” and the class’s response is always “Solve problems.” Engineers create solutions to the world’s problems. This is why I love engineering. Not only is there opportunity for innovation but also opportunity to create solutions.
When I was looking at schools, one of the things my dad, a Mechanical Engineer, said to me was “Engineering is engineering is engineering…you have to consider everything that comes with it.” What my dad meant by this was that an engineering education is pretty similar from school to school – classes and the building blocks you need to earn a BS in engineering are pretty consistent across the board. He meant that no matter which school I chose, I would have learned all of the technical skills necessary to succeed in the industry. What my dad was suggesting with his statement is that it isn’t just technical skills that matter – it’s the experiences that happen outside of the classroom, the people I would interact with, the professors I would learn from, the city I would live in, and the organizations I would become involved in.
It’s hard to believe this is my last semester of undergrad at USC! I had a great break at home in San Diego, which was even more exciting because the Chargers made the NFL playoffs. It was great to be able to attend several Chargers games with my family throughout December. I spent the rest of my break with family and catching up with my high school friends. Now I’m rested and ready for an awesome second semester senior year, and it’s great to be back at USC!
Just like everyone else, I seriously can’t believe this semester is already almost over! This was definitely my favorite semester at USC so far. My classes are getting more and more interesting to me, I’m taking on more responsibility in the organizations I’m involved with, and while the dorms were perfect for freshman year, I love living in an an apartment now. While I pretty much enjoyed all aspects of this semester, here’s a top ten countdown of a few of the highlights.
Hi everyone! I hope everyone has had a good week. I wanted to tell you about one of my favorite weekends of the semester so far, our annual fall SWE officer council retreat. For the past two years we have traveled up to Lake Arrowhead for a two days of bonding and planning our SWE goals and events for the year. It’s a great break from classes, midterms, and stress as we hit the midpoint of the semester. While I wasn’t able to go up to Lake Arrowhead until late Friday night, it was still a great weekend trip with my fellow SWEsters.
I have to admit: in high school when I first decided to apply to engineering programs I was a little nervous. I was worried there wouldn’t be very many other girls, and that I wouldn’t find other engineers, especially girls, that I had a lot in common with. Luckily for me, Viterbi and the Society of Women Engineers has totally proven me wrong.
SWE has four main committees: Student Affairs, Corporate Affairs, Community Affairs, and External Affairs. As a member of Officer Council and the Student Affairs Committee, I help to organize fun social events for the girls of SWE to build connections and friendship. These include activities like Zumba meetings, game nights, the Mentor/Mentee program, Ice Skating, and much more.
I first joined Society of Women Engineers during the fall semester of my sophomore year. I had no idea what to expect because it was my first college student organization. At the beginning, I just thought it would be a resume boost, possibly a good networking system. But SWE means so much more to me today – only a year after joining. Starting as a general member, then becoming an ambassador (transition position to officer council) and now working as the Social Media Chair on the Communications committee on Officer Council, I have been getting more and more involved in SWE. Continue reading
Midterm season is in full swing. Starbucks is packed, every outlet in the library is taken, and my backpack is getting heavier. After surviving my three midterms last week in design of steel structures, theory of structures, and fluid mechanics, there is a lot that I am looking forward to this coming week, and not a single midterm in sight! To start this week off, I had a Society of Women Engineers officer council brunch this morning to welcome our new ambassadors to the organization. We all have such busy schedules and are involved in so many other organizations that it is really nice to just stop everything and hang out every once in awhile – the free food was also a plus!
I know just about every other senior posting blogs is saying the same thing, but boy, have the past three years flown! It still surprises me at times when I remind myself that I am starting my fourth and final year at USC. While this year will be bittersweet, I am so excited for it!!
Something that I am most excited for is my living situation! I am living in the cutest house this year; it is a small white one that is 100 years old. I have 3 other housemates and they are so awesome! I went out to the Angels baseball game with two of them last Sunday.
Before classes started this semester, I hung out with some of my friends from the iPodia program that I took last spring. We met up for KBBQ; fitting, since we spent 2 weeks together in Korea feasting on KBBQ in May.
Well, after a wonderful summer working in a lab at Oregon Health & Science University, I’m excited to be back at one of my favorite places in the world – USC! I’m also pretty excited because just this week my first ever paper was published! I was listed as a co-author on a paper I helped with during my summer internship. To read my paper online click here. Stay tuned for future publications too – I only helped with this one during the first couple of weeks of my summer, so there are more papers ahead! Now that I’m back at school, you might think my research has come to an end for awhile, but it’s really just starting up again. Continue reading