No Fear in the New School Year

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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 …

High School vs. The Big Leagues – Making the Transition

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It’s a transition that lives somewhat in infamy – the move from high school to university, from being a reliant and impressionable child to the epitome of adulthood, maturity, and stability (or, something like that)… There are a lot of first impressions and anecdotes that get thrown around about making the move from high school to college; some of them …

Research with Robots: My Freshman Experience

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My freshman year, I was fortunate enough to start working in a research lab during my very first semester of college. As a part of the Viterbi Fellows program, I was exposed to various different research labs on campus with undergraduate assistant openings, and the Interaction Lab seemed the most aligned with my interests, so I emailed the faculty advisor …

USC: The Home I Chose

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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 …

Tales of a Food-Loving Engineer

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Sometimes, I plan my school days around food. For example… “Okay, so, after I grab my warm breakfast from RTH Café, I’ll go to SAL for office hours until I finish the second homework question. Then, I’ll skip over to Campus Center and have a pizza for lunch. Maybe I will get ice cream with a friend when classes are …

Hackathon 101: A Survival Guide

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Welcome to the world of hackathons! For those of you just discovering the excitement of hackathons, here’s some more information to get rid of the myths that hackers are mysterious techies working for secret government organizations. In reality, hackathons are prime opportunities to create, build and innovate over the span of two days. With a number of technical workshops to attend, …

A Wave Goodbye: Code the Change Retreat

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I joined Code the Change during the spring semester of my freshman year and met some of the most interesting people I know here at USC. The people in CTC helped me not only learn more about web development but also gave me a community to become a part of. Code the Change is a student-run organization that helps build …

Exploring The Artistic Side of Engineering

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I love both technology and dance. As a student in both USC Viterbi and USC Kaufman, I have the best of both worlds. I get to study both of my passions on the same campus with some of the best professors and students in the world. Growing up, I have always used both sides of my brain. On the right …

25 Slices of Advice for Incoming Freshmen

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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 …

Viterbi Ball 2K17!

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Engineering week, or E-week for short, is one week out of the year where Viterbi students come together to celebrate everything Viterbi and engineering. The week is put on by KIUEL (Klein Institute for Undergraduate Engineering Life) in coordination with various Viterbi orgs. E-week start out off with the kick-off carnival (aka FREE FOOD), and has events throughout the week …

“It’s Not Like You’re Studying Rocket Science! OH WAIT!”

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This blog post, I want to start with a list of my extracurriculars last semester: Founded Mundo—a language translation messaging service/company—with LavaLab and taught myself Python development to make our first app prototype Acted as Secretary and Treasurer of AIAA, a professional Aerospace organization Regularly practiced with the USC climbing team Designed and built a custom set of speakers (See my …

Art History – More than Paintings and Stone

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Let’s face it – as an engineer you probably enjoy taking engineering classes more than writing classes or explorations of the classics. However, that isn’t to say that these classes you’re required to take (you can even view them as an opportunity) aren’t a valuable learning experience that seriously broadens the scope of a traditional engineering education. For instance, this …

Finals Week isn’t so bad if you (literally) stop and smell the roses

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     During finals week, most of my time is spent studying for my exams. However, it’s also when the Exposition Park rose garden is in full bloom! As my Freshman Year came to a close, it was important for me to take study breaks! Between studying for my Differential Equations, Physics I and Art History finals I took a break and …