Looking Ahead: Mountain Climbing in Summer 2014

Even though this semester is really going to challenge me, I know I’ll get through it if I continue to work hard and focus on graduation. However, I can’t help but look ahead to this coming summer. It will be nice to have a summer transitioning from undergraduate studies to graduate studies, where i do not need to stress out as much about getting an internship as in previous years. This will leave my summer open to have some great adventures! I figured I would talk briefly about some of the mountain climbs I am hoping to do this summer…

Mt. Ritter (13,150 ft) and Banner Peak (12,936 ft)


These two mountains have been on my list for a while now. My dad has talked repeatedly to me about how spectacular hiking in the Minarets (this sub-mountain range) is. From the highway, the mountains look like jagged spikes, and are markedly different than the peaks around it. Mt. Ritter and Banner Peak, casually referred to together as Ritter and Banner, are two of the most popular mountains in this range. These peaks are usually summited together on one trip, because of their proximity to one another. I hope to summit these mountains this coming summer.

North Dome (7,543 ft)


The first time I saw this mountain was when I was standing on top of Half Dome. I was looking out over Yosemite Valley, and this mountain stood out to me. I think it’s spectacular, because it sticks out as a smooth dome. Since then, I have wanted to climb it, and I hope to get to the top this summer.

Mt. Rainer (14,411 ft)


The summer after 6th grade, I went on an RV trip up to Oregon and Washington. On our trip, we stopped in Mt. Rainer National Park, and spent some time walking around the base of the mountain. I thought the mountain was so majestic, and shoots up into the sky, with nothing around it. It would be a hard climb, requiring ice axes and crampons, but I would love to add a third mountain to my list of 14,000 foot mountains.

Mt. Lyell (13,144 ft)


This mountain stands out to me for a couple reasons. First, it is the tallest mountain in Yosemite, and stands over 12,000 feet tall. Second, it is far out of the way, as it takes around a day just to hike to the base of the mountain. It is a very spectacular looking mountain, housing the Lyell Glacier below the summit.

These are just a couple of the mountains that have been on my list for a while now. I hope to enjoy summiting these mountains with my dad this summer. In the meantime, I have to focus on graduating!


USC: A Place to Meet Friends from All Over

Hi everyone! I hope your first month in school has been going well! I am so glad to be back in my groove at USC and reunited with all of my friends! Even though being apart from them all summer was not necessarily fun, it is really cool to have friends from all over and be able to visit them! That is one of the main aspects that I love about USC; the diversity of places that people come from. This makes me think of an adventure my friend, Taylor and I went on at the end of summer to Northern California. I’ll give you a little scoop of what that was like!

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Alex, the intern, in Quality Assurance

The Internship: My Time as a Chemical Engineer

This summer, I returned to my hometown of Danbury, Connecticut, and tried my hand in another field of engineering: chemical. A few weeks after returning home, I began work at RSA Corporation, a small chemical plant a quick drive down the highway from my house.  For a two months, I was a chemical engineer!

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Planned a Freshman Academy Scavenger hunt for our students

Back at It: Senior Year

Hey everyone,

I’m glad to be back at school and writing blogs again! Hope you enjoyed your summer, I sure did. If you didn’t get a chance to read about my summer internship at GE Healthcare go check it out!  Anyways, in true fashion we are going to start off with the picture of the day. This one is a throw back to Freshman year at USC, it is our Viterbi class photo. What a great way to start my senior year, by remembering where I was just three short, let me emphasis short, years ago.

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My high school friends (:

Lollapalooza…Music Making the People Come Together

From start-up bands to headliners like The Killers, Mumford and Sons, and Nine Inch Nails, lolla was an incredible way to explore all sorts of different styles of music.  As one of the largest and most renowned events Chicago hosts every summer, I felt it was time to finally be to be a part of it.   Yes it was a bit pricey, but it was also the best $230 I have ever spent.  During the three-day music festival, over 160,000 people danced their way between eight different stages overlooking both Lake Michigan and one of the most mesmerizing backdrops in the country…the Chicago skyline.  Throughout the weekend I saw probably fifteen different concerts, met interesting people from all across the country, and got to see some of my favorite artists up close.  While I am a huge fan of a lot of the bands, lollapaloozawas about much more than just the music to me.

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Working in Germany: The Saga Continues (With More Travel)

Hello Friends! I hope this summer is treating all of you well. I know I am excited to be back at USC in 4 short weeks, but I am also excited to complete the remaining adventures my summer has in store for me. When I last checked in with you all, I recounted tales from the beginning of my time living in Dresden, Germany where I currently serve as an intern for GlobalFoundries, a semiconductor company.

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Research Conference in Chicago!

Hi everyone!

For the last year and a half, I’ve been working on a research project with Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. My research aims at reducing the delay in the medical equipment delivery process. A few months ago, my paper was accepted to be presented at the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS) Healthcare Conference. The conference took place a couple of weeks ago in Chicago and I had a blast!

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Cardinals for Life. Wrigley's okay though.

The Summer of Science and Roadtrips

And we’re back with the second installment of summer blogs. Hope everyone’s summer has continued to be awesome and that everyone’s tanner than they were when they read my first blog post. If you recall from that post, I spent the first part of my summer getting acclimated to research intern life here at Argonne National Laboratory. Since then, everything has been fantastic, albeit incredibly busy.

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Patrick, me, and some other friends at Donny Nelson's Freedom Fest!

Fourth of July Festivities

Hey y’all! I hope everyone’s been having a good summer so far. My summer has been relaxing, and I haven’t really been up to much since I went to Destin, FL, which I mentioned in my previous post. It’s been pretty hot in Dallas the last few weeks, and I was so glad to leave the city to head down to the lake for the Fourth of July!

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