Back to School: College Edition

Yingyu Sun Campus Events, Social & Diversity, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Yingyu Leave a Comment

To all the new Trojans, welcome to the family! You’re in for a wild and amazing ride for the next four years, and you couldn’t have picked a better school. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re feeling a mix of excitement and back-to-school jitters — that was me before my freshman year! With only a few weeks before classes start, …

Self Doubt: How to Deal with it During Freshman Year

Aarya Suryavanshi Aarya, Professional & Academic, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Hello! I hope you are all basking in the summer sun (or the winter one if you’re one of southern hemisphere friends). With school lurking right around the corner, I wanted to spend a hot minute talking about how to #crush freshman year*. Now you’ve probably read countless articles about how you should join all the clubs that interest you …

Major Key Alert: A Smooth College Transition

Daniel Donchev Daniel, Involvement, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

USC is a whole new, fast-paced, and exciting world that demands acclimation. There are more opportunities than ever, more events/resources, and more people to interact with; however, you must balance it all with a substantial course load and the same amount of time as before. The transition is manageable. There are several things I did to prepare myself for a much …

No Fear in the New School Year

Natalie Monger Campus Events, Computer Science, Natalie, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

I recently wrote a post where I gave 25 pieces of advice to incoming freshmen. Now that the start of the school year is getting closer, I thought I would share more advice that is relevant to the first few weeks of school for both incoming freshmen and returning students. Enjoy! Attend fun events during your first few weeks to …

8 Things I Wish I Knew Before My Freshman Year

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It’s officially August, which means in a couple weeks I’ll be headed back to USC for my sophomore year and just over 3,000 students will be starting their first year as Trojans! Exactly a year ago, I was a graduated high school senior getting ready for my freshman year at USC by obsessively reading every freshmen advice column and watching …

USC: The Home I Chose

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Astronautical, Design Teams, Ramiro, Why USC Leave a Comment

At USC, you will enjoy a top-tier education program while feeling like you are at a resort. I remember the first time I stepped on campus. It was the middle of April, probably the perfect time of year to visit. At USC, however, you’ll get those perfect days 9 times out of 10.  The sun bounced perfectly off all the brick …

Arriving as a Spring Admit

Daniel Donchev Apartment, Biomedical, Daniel, Entrepreneurship, Housing, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

When I received the news of my spring admission, I was overwhelmed with feelings of excitement and uncertainty. While I had just been admitted to one of the most prestigious universities in the country, I could not foresee how my late start would impact my academic and social life at USC as I would be missing out on a semester’s …

25 Slices of Advice for Incoming Freshmen

Natalie Monger Campus Events, Computer Science, Natalie, Students, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Dear incoming freshmen, Congratulations! I can’t wait to see you on campus soon. In celebration of you as you join the Trojan family, I’d like to share some of my greatest pieces of advice for freshmen. Most of these I learned (the hard way!) during my freshman year. So, I’d like to make your transition smoother with some pieces of …

How One Club Changed My College Experience And My Life

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Coming into college, there are an overwhelming amount of things that you can do with your time. You go to class, but in all of that other time you can do things like hang out with friends, explore LA, study, and join clubs! There are over 300 clubs on the USC campus, so you can do pretty much anything. At …

Having a Blast at the USC ISE Annual Banquet

Jose Hernandez Industrial and Systems, Jose, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Hey everyone! This week was the ISE Annual Banquet, an end of the year celebration for undergraduate, graduate, and Ph.D. students in the ISE major, as well as ISE faculty and staff. As the Programming Director for the USC Chapter of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), my job was to plan everything about the event, from the …

The Environmental Core: USC’s student activism group

Aarya Suryavanshi Aarya, Hikes, Social & Diversity Leave a Comment

Hello all! First off, here’s my song recommendation for this bi-weekly blog: Worthy by Jacob Banks My main involvement on campus is with the Environmental Core. This club, endearingly called “ecore”, is a student-run environmental activism group on campus. We try to make sustainable and impactful change on campus, be that through installing drought resistant plants, or working with USC’s …

IISE: Why Professional Development Clubs are Awesome

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Hey guys, Today I want to talk to you all about an engineering club within Viterbi that is tailored to my major, Industrial and Systems Engineering. USC has student organizations dedicated to professional development for students in every branch of engineering, and you can find a comprehensive list of Viterbi student orgs here, but for now I’m going to focus …

Weekly Farmers’ Market

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Hello everybody! I hope this lovely Thursday evening is treating everyone well. Every Wednesday, USC has a farmers’ market on McCarthy Quad. The food is always delicious, the fruit is always fresh, and the people are always kind. Starting this semester, the farmers’ market will not give out plastic bags (hooray for the environment!) To help deal with this, the …

Community Service at USC

Rhea Choudhury Free Time, Involvement, Rhea, Service, Students, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

One of the best parts of going to school at USC is the opportunity to experience life in a big city. Los Angeles is not like any other city in the world- it has this incredible mix of culture, with some stereotypical skyscrapers neighboring small family-owned corner shops, tons of vibrant neighborhoods and cultural centers. LA’s Koreatown has the best …