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My Advice for Freshman: Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

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Hope that your week is wrapping up well, I know that mine certainly is! My blog post isn’t going to be a novel this week simply because my advice for freshman is just one quote, one quote which I adopted as I was going to college and changed my life forever. Continue reading

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USC – The Right Fit for Me

Hey! It is about that time again when all the high school seniors need to decide which college to attend in the fall. It doesn’t feel too long ago that I was making the same decision. Like everyone else, I was torn between several competitive engineering schools. In the end, I picked USC for a few main reasons. I thought I would share some of those with you! Continue reading

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Freshman 15: 15 Things to Consider as a Freshman!

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Whether you are deciding where to take your talents next year or just perusing the college websites to learn more, understanding the freshman experience is a must.  Freshman year is a time of learning, adjustment, and excitement, but knowing how to maximize these aspects will put you well ahead of the game.

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Freshman Year Survival Guide

To all the incoming USC freshmen this guide may concern:

Welcome to the Trojan Family! You all have rightfully earned your spot here at USC and in one of the nation’s top engineering schools, the Viterbi School of Engineering. In high school, you all probably were great students and involved in extracurricular activities. I expect the same (and more) once you step foot on SC’s campus. However, going to college is a big transition, bound to be fraught with a few bumps in the road. To avoid the bumps and the potholes, and to become the best SC student you can be, here are a few tips to get you started. Continue reading

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My Best Advice to Freshmen- Don’t be Afraid to Ask For Help

I’m going to start by saying that everyone at USC is really smart- everyone I’ve met including myself was a top student in high school who got good grades and did well.  In general a lot of people were the ones that got asked to help but never had to ask for help.  Engineering school is different.

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Heatbleed Bug

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As sort of a Public Service Announcement (PSA), I have recently become aware of a serious security flaw in many of the websites, and internet servers currently used by majority of the world.  This flaw has become known as the Heartbleed bug and can allow for the attacker to access usernames, passwords, credentials, emails, messages, bank accounts, Social Security numbers, etc without leaving a trace.

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My ISE 576 Project: Life Cycle Assessment of a Desalination Plant

Hi everyone! In the next four weeks I have three major projects due, one of which is for my grad class, ISE 576 Industrial Ecology: Technology-Environment Interaction. The purpose of the project is to apply the industrial ecology tools to an actual technology system and analyze it on a life-cycle basis. For our project my team is focusing on water desalination.

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Myths of a Woman in Engineering

As women in engineering, ever think about whether you’ll be the only female in your class, whether teachers would treat you differently, or even if other girls not studying engineering would accept you?  While initially these thoughts may be concerning, as a female engineer at USC, I haven’t even given them a second thought.

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Being a Woman in Engineering

With graduation rapidly approaching I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on my experience at USC, particularly as a woman in engineering. To be honest, I haven’t noticed a difference in my experience compared to my guy friends in engineering or USC in general. While my classes aren’t 50% girls, the ratio is high enough that I don’t even notice it in my classes. I’ve had such an incredible experience at USC, from my classes to doing research to studying abroad, and participating in student orgs, club sports, and greek life.

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