Choosing a Direction: Making Major Decisions for Your College Life

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Free Time, Internship, Professional & Academic, Rachel, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

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

Shuntaro Nishi Best of LA, Campus Events, Chemical, Free Time, Involvement, Shuntaro, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

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!

Natalie Monger Beach, Computer Science, Natalie, Professional & Academic, Research, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

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!

Miranda Jernberg Abroad, Chemical, Miranda, Study Leave a Comment

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

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Trojan Spirit Leave a Comment

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

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Design Teams, Dominie, Free Time, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

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

Will DuCharme Free Time, Home Life, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Will Leave a Comment

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, …

Why I’m Looking Forward To My Spring

Zachary Flores Computer Science, Internship, Involvement, Major, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Zachary Leave a Comment

(And as always tune into kxsc.org/listen Mondays at 1AM PST to hear me DJ) Spring semester is bringing in a lot of new and exciting things for me. I have a lot to look forward to like my classes, the projects I’m working on, club events, and making summer plans! This semester, I get to take some of the coolest …

Wrapping up my last fall semester!

Yingyu Sun Campus Events, Computer Science, Free Time, Home Life, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Yingyu Leave a Comment

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Thanksgiving break is a much needed rest from classes and there’s just something special about coming back to campus getting ready for the holidays. It’s still amazing to me that this is my last fall semester here. Here are some random thoughts about how my semester was and things I learned! The …

ENGR 102 Activities: How to Cook in Your Dorm, How to Get Free Chick-Fil-A, and More!

Natalie Monger Natalie, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I’ve written a lot about my Academy coaching experience, so I apologize for yet another post, but I can’t help but share the fun things we do in the classroom to exemplify why I love the environment in Viterbi so much. This week, our activity encouraged students to create Mini Presentations. These presentations could be anywhere from 2-5 minutes about …

What’s Your Plus? How Engineering Plus Sold Me on USC

Natalie Monger College Applications, Computer Science, Natalie, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

One of the reasons I was so attracted to USC during the college admissions process was Dean Yortsos’ concept of Engineering Plus . This concept aims to show that Viterbi engineers are not just engineers who do boring engineer things; we have so much more to offer in other talents like art, design, theater, and writing. In addition, Engineering Plus …

Making it through the Application, and the Semester

Jacob Toney College Applications, Home Life, Housing, Involvement, Jacob, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

Hey everyone! Well, it’s Week 13, and the semester is coming to an end. Before I know it, I’ll be back home, enjoying the time off with family, and getting excited for the new year. This semester sure was a crazy one; at times it felt like the days flew by, and other times, the weeks just wouldn’t end. Even …

Get Outside!

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Many of you have probably noticed that midterm season at Viterbi is well underway. While not the most enjoyable part of college, test taking constitutes a necessary and sizable part of any student’s academic life. That being said, it’s important not to allow studying to consume your whole life. For me, one of the best ways to relieve some ~midterm stress~ …

Halloween Time!

Jacob Toney Campus Events, Free Time, Jacob, Students, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Even though we’re mostly still teenagers or barely young adults, in college, you do a lot of growing up – you work more than you ever have before, have more freedom, and are responsible for looking out for yourself. As you get older, it’s important to find something that keeps you young. That’s where Halloween comes in! Now that’s school …

Myth Busted: Engineers Can Have a Social Life, and Here is How

Dominie Miyasato Campus Events, Dominie, Free Time, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

The presumption that engineering students have a lot of work is true. However, the myth that engineering students do not have time for a social life is false. There are so many things to do in college…eat out with friends, fight on at football games, network with recruiters at career fairs, attend student organization meetings, conduct research experiments, write eight-page …

How to Get the Most Out of Trojan Family Weekend

Miranda Jernberg Best of LA, Campus Events, Chemical, Food, Home Life, Involvement, Miranda, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Trojan Family Weekend happens once during first semester every year. It starts on a Thursday and ends the following Sunday, and the middle is jam packed with fun events for you and your family. For the past two years, my family has came to USC on Saturday for game day and stayed until Sunday. Don’t be fooled, those two days …

The Choice: High School Senior to USC Trojan

Jacob Toney Campus Events, Chemical, College Applications, Free Time, Involvement, Jacob, Major, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

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 …

Two Questions, One Answer: USC

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, College Applications, Dominie, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

The decision of where to spend the next four years of my life was daunting as a senior in high school. These four years were going to be a five-hour plane ride from home. They were supposedly the years of the most critical personal growth and identity-building. College was a time to figure out what I wanted to dedicate the …

Turning Expectations Into Reality (Why USC)

Daniel Donchev Best of LA, Free Time, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer, Why USC Leave a Comment

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 …

My Sophomore Year Resolution: Play More Tennis and Golf!

Miles Kay Best of LA, Free Time, Miles, Sports, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

In high school, sports were my preferred method of de-stressing. I played both varsity tennis and golf, and when I wasn’t in season I could be found playing both with my friends or family in preparation for the next season. As all high school athletes know, sports seasons are a great way to get exercise, hang out with your friends, …