Why I Chose USC

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Why USC

Now that I am on the other side of college decisions it's fun to look back and think about the whole process. For a good chunk of your junior and senior years of high school the college application process really takes over your life. You're worried about taking the SAT, writing good essays, researching different universities and their programs. Honestly, ...

I Can’t Imagine Not Fighting On

Natalie Monger Athletics, Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

It’s true; I really can’t. Just three years ago, I stepped foot onto USC’s campus for the second time, having been admitted to USC. (See little Nat below.) This week I'm doing a Q&A on my experience with USC's application process, student life, and resources. Q: Why did you ultimately decide to attend USC? A: This is a photo from …

Current Favorite Class: The Dreaded Mechops

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Ramiro, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life

Whether you are in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Astronautical engineering, and even if you aren't, you'll probably at one point hear about the dreaded Mechoptronics class. You'll probably hear that it's the hardest and most time consuming class AME and ASTE students have to take. You'll hear about the long report writing nights, the tough labs that press you for time, ...

Research at USC: How to Get It, Keep It, and Be Rewarded By It

Natalie Monger Athletics, Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

Hello there, research hopefuls! If you are coming to USC interested in research, look no further than this How-To Guide! I’m in the research spirit right now: I’ve been meeting back-to-back with different research partners, comprehending papers on neural networks, and preparing to present some research at the AAAI conference next weekend. So let me splurge my secrets on how …

Changing Things Up Second Semester Junior Year

Aarya Suryavanshi Aarya, Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Viterbi Life

What’s up! I hope you guys have had a kick butt first few weeks back to school. I know a lot of people don’t really do New Year’s Resolutions, but I sure buy into that societal norm. I’ve decided to change some things about the way I do college, which I will outline below. By “change” I really mean alter …

Best Workouts at USC and Setting Goals as an Engineer

Natalie Monger Athletics, Computer Science, Natalie, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

Happy New Year and new semester! The main goal I set for myself for spring 2018 is to get on a better fitness schedule. Since you all are probably starting your goals for the new year as well, I thought this would be a good chance to share some of my favorite workout places around USC and give tips on …

Winter Break Extravaganza

Shuntaro Nishi Free Time, Internship, Involvement, Major, Shuntaro, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Work

“So what did you do over the break?” The ultimate ice breaker for students when they return for the spring semester. I decided to take this post to discuss what I exactly I did. The first thing I did was sleep. After finals season I needed to get some energy back. After a full day I went back to working …

…Break | 2018

Naish Aerospace and Mechanical, Free Time, Naish

Reflect and respond – those are some of the bits of advice from friends, family, and acquaintances that seem to resonate most strongly when looking back on 2017 and forward to 2018. On one hand, it’s easy to revel in the great moments of the previous year and wish you were there again. Other camps prefer to move on forward …

Winter Break Has Arrvied!

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Free Time, Ramiro, Viterbi Life

Tis’ the season to celebrate relaxation! After a long semester, winter break couldn’t have come soon enough. To give a little recap of what this semester entailed, I took classes that ranged from spacecraft propulsion to american cultures. I also started to work at Honeybee while also having some robotics competitions for the USC VEX Team. It was a busy …

Neuroscience, Games, and Data in Dance

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

Many students coming to college for engineering want to know if it’s possible to take classes in other areas, or electives as we call them. My answer is always… YES! I wrote about an elective I took this semester, Future Cinema, during the middle of the semester, and I now want to write about two other electives I took as …

Holiday Seasons with the Trojans!

Shuntaro Nishi Campus Events, Free Time, Involvement, Shuntaro, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC

The holiday season. The season of giving. What a wonderful time for student organizations to get together and escape from the stress of looming finals ahead of us. Whatever you celebrate, USC has something in store for you. Whether it be an ugly sweater contest to a huge bonfire in the middle of the lawn, this holiday season is full …

The Importance of Saying “Yes”

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

I cannot believe this semester is almost over. That means that 5/8 of my time here is almost complete. WOW. Today I want to write about the importance of saying “yes” to stepping out of your comfort zone. If there is one piece of advice I can give to you at this point in my life, it’s that constantly pushing …

Professor or Possible Best Friend !

Shuntaro Nishi Free Time, Involvement, Shuntaro, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer, Why USC

The other day in my student organization, we were having an ice breaker where we discussed our favorite class at USC. Even though my answer wasn’t technically at USC, Industrial Systems Engineering 460, Engineering Economy. The class offered very practical skills of taking costs and profits of a business to see if the company is justifiable for investment at the …

Cheers to the Volunteers

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

One of my favorite Audrey Hepburn quotes goes a little something like this: “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands–one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Audrey’s quote is a great summary of my experience at USC so far. Going through the college admissions process, picking a school, and starting my freshman year …