Top 10 USC Memories: Freshman to Senior Year

Madelyn Douglas Best of LA, Campus Events, Electrical, Free Time, Hikes, Involvement, Madelyn, Major, Professional & Academic, Research, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

With my last classes of senior year finished, it took a lot of thinking for me to decide what my last blog posts would be about. Best ice cream stores in LA? A very important topic. Top articles on engineering ethics? Also worthwhile. But, I figured I would keep it simple and wallow in my senior-year nostalgic tears by blogging …

I Will Never Complain about Three-hour Labs Again

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Campus Events, Dominie, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

As the last week of classes is underway, I think it’s an apropos time to reflect on this crazy semester. What began as a carefully planned year – MCAT date set for May 16, Edwards Lifesciences internship lined up for the summer – turned out to be the most uncertain and unsettling period of my life. So much for having …

A Half Semester But A Full Heart

Sheetal Madnani Campus Events, Chemical, Involvement, Sheetal, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

I love doing semesterly recaps: be that through a witty end of semester Instagram post captioned with a pun that makes every one of my followers groan, by means of a blog post (like this one!), or in the context of an intense night of journaling. But I’ve never before had to try to reflect on a semester that was …

AAEES and Other Major-Specific Organizations in Viterbi

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Students, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

I hope you’re all doing well, staying safe, and taking care of yourselves and others! Viterbi is all about community forming, and collaboration between students. This isn’t just something you hear as a prospective student, but an ideal that plays out in classrooms, study lounges, libraries, and all around campus. Especially now, being away from USC, I’ve started thinking more …

ASBME Makeathon: An Experience to Remember

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Campus Events, Design Teams, Dominie, Electrical, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Every February, the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering, the premier biomedical engineering student organization on campus, hosts an undergraduate medical device design competition called the Makeathon. 12 to 15 teams of four or five students have 30 hours to brainstorm, 3D model, and prototype a device that solves a real-world health challenge. In the past, the challenge has been proposed …

Knowing USC… Forwards AND Backwards

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Let’s all admit it: one of the most powerful draws to a college campus is the campus tour. It is a massive swaying point in many people’s college decisions, and USC capitalizes on that fact by making tour guides the best they possibly can be. That’s why I’m here, and that’s why I applied to be a Student Ambassador for …

BMES Conference 2019

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Dominie, Free Time, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

For fall break, I attended the annual Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) conference in Philadelphia! Students and researchers from universities across the nation were there to present research and learn about the latest advancements in the field of biomedical engineering. I was there to represent the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering, a student-run organization that serves the specific needs of the …

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Empowering Women at Hackathons: AthenaHacks 2019

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Happy AthenaHacks 2019! For those who don’t know, AthenaHacks is USC’s all-female (trans and non-binary inclusive) hackathon. This year, it took place at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center from April 6-7. We had over 500 attendees and 74 total projects submitted! As the design lead for the hackathon, I’m responsible for event branding, creating swag and making the graphics for …

The Choice: High School Senior to USC Trojan

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If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a high school student thinking about what schools you should apply to. Maybe you’ve already applied, and maybe you’ve even already been accepted; regardless, you’re in the process of trying to figure out what school is right for you. In fact, you’re probably in a very similar situation that I was in just …

Turning Expectations Into Reality (Why USC)

Daniel Donchev Best of LA, Free Time, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer, Why USC Leave a Comment

In the past, I’ve written a blog about the five factors that led me to attending USC. Check it out if you haven’t already! This time around I want to talk about the goals and expectations I set for myself prior to my first day as an undergrad and whether I was able to meet them during my four years …

Getting Involved with SHPE

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It all began at the on-campus club fair in Fall 2017. I was eager to get involved with USC’s clubs and organizations, but I had no idea how one club in particular would change my college experience. The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) had a table set-up with a bunch of photos showing off their social gatherings at KBBQ, …

Greek Life as an Engineer

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When considering colleges to apply to, I sought out schools with strong academic programs that still had dynamic social environments. For me, the social aspect of school meant an enriching arts community, school spirit, and Greek life. USC, of course, is widely known for its student body’s participation in all these areas. I wanted each of these things in a …

Volunteering for extra credit? It’s more likely than you think

Zachary Flores Computer Science, Involvement, Service, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Zachary Leave a Comment

Over the Summer I taught at the CS@SC summer camp, teaching basic Computer Science concepts to middle school students through Scratch. The same professor that runs the camp annually is the professor for my software engineering class, CSCI 201. During one of the first lectures, he offered extra credit for signing up and teaching a mini course through USC’s Joint …

And We’re Back!

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And we’re back! After a summer full of classes and research that flew by, we’ve finally started up school again, and it’s time for another great semester here at USC. While it was definitely sad to be leaving again, I’m so excited to see what this year holds! Somebody wasn’t ready for me to leave I’m once again living in …

Engineers Can Have Fun, Too!

Dominie Miyasato Apartment, Biomedical, Dominie, Housing, Involvement, Major, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

My sophomore year has definitely started at a quick pace. I am going into week five of the semester, and I already have my first midterm and paper due! In case you are interested in the daily life of a biomedical engineering major, here is what my semester looks like so far. I am living in a four-person apartment and …

One Last Hoorah! (Entering Senior Year)

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“My name is Daniel I am a senior studying Biomedical Engineering.” I need a moment to let that sink in… This is my last fall semester as a college student. The beginning of the end. To kick the year off, Freshmen Academy Coaches welcomed all the new freshmen engineers at the New Student Welcome, an event filled with fun and …

Serve On! Why I’ve Made Community Service a Huge Part of My Life at USC

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In high school, I spent a lot of time doing community service. The projects I participated in ranged from tutoring and mentoring at a non-profit after-school and summer program to helping set up and man water stations at marathons. When I told my relatives about my involvement, they often remarked on how my service work would surely be looked upon …

Three Cheers for the New and Improved Membership Banquet

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Every end of semester, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers puts on a typically small membership appreciation banquet as a thank you to its members, a cheer to the end of the semester, and as a way to recognize certain members in SHPE. These recognized members really embraced one of the five pillars of SHPE: academic development, professional development, chapter …

To Minor or Not to Minor, That is the Question

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One of the reasons I chose to come to USC was for the opportunity to pursue multiple majors and minors and take a wide range of classes within the diverse schools and programs at USC. I have been incredibly involved in theatre all of my life, and I hoped to continue pursuing my passion for the dramatic arts throughout my …

Soccer Coaching, Spanish, and Unique Perspectives

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An advantage of USC is that there are so many organizations outside of those affiliated with Viterbi to get involved in. One of the most grounding and memorable experiences of my freshmen year was coaching for the Trojan Youth Soccer League. My co-coach, a fellow freshman, and I had a team of 12 kids ages seven to nine. We had …