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)

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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

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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!

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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 …

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 …

One Year Down: Reflecting on Freshman Year

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Hogwarts robes or convocation attire?  The Workload In high school, my teachers often told me that I’d enter college more than prepared to handle the work required to maintain good grades. As such, I came to school confident that I’d be able to finish all my assignments with no problems and easily earn high marks on papers and exams. Within …

Space or Nothing: USC RPL Static Fire

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One of the highlights of my freshman year was being involved in the USC Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, which is USC’s entirely student-run undergraduate research laboratory determined to send a rocket to space. We are currently working on our third attempt at reaching space with a vehicle called Traveler III. The group has been designing and testing this rocket for many …

Banquet Season >> Finals Season

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 Junior year is quickly coming to its end (what?? how??) and with the end of every year come fun celebrations. Last week SHPE (The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers) had their first ever MemberSHPE Appreciation Banquet where Vice Dean Jones was the Keynote Speaker. It was so much fun to celebrate a great year with my favorite org on campus ...

Your First Semester at USC: ENGR 102 Academy

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Your first semester at USC is a crazy one, but Freshmen Academy is here to help you! You might be wondering, “What is ENGR 102, and why do I have to take it?” ENGR 102 is known as Engineering Freshmen Academy, and it is a 2-unit course that aims to help you settle into USC during your first semester, see …

My Semester Experience in Pictures

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Happy Spring Break, everyone! I’m spending this week catching up on some well-deserved rest, but I’m also working hard on my research projects, which you can read about in my last blog post. We’re in the midst of college admissions season, and you might be deciding on where you want to spend the next chapter of your life. To make …

Designing Your Own Research at USC

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Hello, friends! First, let me start off by saying that if you haven’t read my recent post about how to obtain research at USC, you should go read that. This post will make much more sense after you have done so. So, my previous research post discussed how to find your own unique qualities you bring to the table in …

Five Factors that led me to USC!

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USC was not my dream school; in fact, I didn’t have a dream school. At the beginning of the college application season, I was not entirely sold on engineering being my future, let alone biomedical engineering. But as the decisions started arriving in the month of April, I started visiting college campuses and interacting with students who lived there, trying …