ASBME Makeathon: An Experience to Remember

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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 …

Why I am BME and Pre-med

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Whenever I tell people that I am both a biomedical engineering and pre-medical student, they look at me like I’m absolutely crazy. Which, maybe I am… The next question I get is why? The answer to this question is extremely nuanced, and before I go into my story, I want to share the different perspectives and profiles of BME/pre-med students …

My Winter Break Traditions

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FINAL-ly, the end of finals! Winter break always marks the chance for a fresh start with new classes, and gives me a few precious weeks to relax, recharge, and focus on friends and family (and new trashy Netflix shows). Over my winter breaks, I split time up between the various places I consider home: first, I spend time with my …

My First Research – Work Outside Viterbi

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Coming into USC my mind was set on one thing, to do good enough in my engineering classes and gain enough experience to get an internship as soon as possible. As a first-semester freshman, I was not able to see further than what I was taught in high school, that internships are the only way to gain real experience. Over …

BMES Conference 2019

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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 …

Engineering and Greek Life: The Ultimate System Balance

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If you told me three years ago that I’d be heavily involved in a sorority in college, I would’ve said you were crazy. Yet here I am, in my junior year at USC and second term as vice president of Alpha Omega Epsilon, the science and engineering professional and social sorority in the Viterbi School of Engineering. In my freshman …

My Top Five Favorite Study Spots On Campus

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The college hustle and bustle makes it SUPER hard to study without having any distractions. As an engineer, I always find myself studying and doing homework; therefore, having good study spots have been crucial to my success here at USC. With that being said, here are my top five favorite spots to study on campus! Sometimes when the downstairs courtyard …

Best Summer of My Life: Study Abroad in Paris

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This past summer was probably the best summer of my entire life. I studied abroad in Paris through the Viterbi Overseas program! This program was unique because 40 students from Viterbi took classes that counted toward their major with professors from Viterbi. In other words, we were not affiliated with a university in Paris. It was just a small part …

My Biggest Takeaways From Freshman Year

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The photo above was taken by my mom on Move-In Day. I was so excited and eager to start college. I also learned so much for about college, outside of my classes. Just remember that it’s all a learning process and learning takes time! Here’s what I learned through my first year at USC. 1) College is hard. And that’s …

A Freshman Reflection

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I cannot believe my second year as a USC student has finally begun! Although I’ve nearly completed 41 units, 12 classes, and over ¼ of my undergraduate career, it feels like it’s gone by in the blink of an eye. The purpose of this blog post is not to tell you step-by-step about my experience as a student last year. …

What/How/Why USC

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Why USC? You might be a senior choosing colleges or a junior starting to check out colleges or just curious to see what the hype is all about at USC. The reason I learned about USC was through my sister. I have always followed my sister around ever since high school as I copied her extracurricular activities and strived to …

Why Viterbi

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In a previous blog post, “Two Questions, One Answer: USC,” I shared general reasons why I chose USC. This time, I am going to hone in on why I chose Viterbi. By the end of April of my senior year in high school, I had narrowed down my college choices to USC and Boston University (BU). Both universities had highly …

Slow Times at Slo

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My friends from high school went to different schools which makes visiting them such a fun experience. My junior year I was able to visit my friend Alex in Boston and I have had countless trips up to SLO to visit these friends! Every school and city offers such an interesting experience from eating at local restaurants or adventuring out …

Choosing a Direction: Making Major Decisions for Your College Life

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Getting admitted to college can be both exciting and terrifying. Having to commit to a school, city, major, or activity can be super overwhelming. I remember feeling an extreme pressure to specify in February of my senior year, and even more so after coming to campus and trying to find my niche. With the wisdom I have obtained over the …

Troy Camp: Tutoring, Friendship, and Much More

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You might be wondering what Troy Camp is! It is quite possibly the greatest organization in the history of the world! Imagine this, a busy week of engineering classes and extra curricular activities. What would take away all the stress? Acting like a kid and making an impact. Through this organization you will have hours in the week to hang …

Putting the A.I. in Hawaii!

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Aloha! This past weekend was one of the best weekends I’ve had in my four years of college. I attended the 2019 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. I attended this conference last year in New Orleans, which was super fun. I had no expectations that this weekend would top that one, but it totally …

Preparing to Go Abroad!

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My semester abroad begins this February! I can’t believe that starting this process in September would lead me overseas just a few months later. This all started when I received an email that said, “Enjoy 300+ days of sunshine a year in Australia!”. The photos linked in the message were of the University of Queensland located in Brisbane, Australia. It …

Fighting the Good Fight! My Last Semester

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Hey y’all! Happy New Year. It’s officially my last semester. I have very mixed emotions about this. Of course I will be sad to leave USC, but I am also ready to say I conquered my engineering degree (which I had countless doubts about conquering) and officially call myself an engineer. As a second semester senior, I can attest to …

What’s to Come in 2019

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Winter break was four weeks of binge-watching my favorite TV shows (Jane the Virgin and Greys Anatomy), suntanning on beautiful beaches, and catching up with family and friends. It was great time to recharge for the second semester! This spring, I am taking an electrical engineering course (EE 202) and a biomedical engineering course (BME 210). EE 202 is all …

Ushering in the new semester

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Winter break was a great time to relax and unwind after a busy fall semester. Adjusting to the surprisingly cold Houston weather wasn’t the best welcoming gift – but it was a nice change from LA. Once I got home the first thing I did was sleep – the past week of finals hadn’t done my sleeping schedule any justice, …