Never Too Late: Finding Your Passion as a College Student

Madelyn Douglas Computer Science, Electrical, Internship, Madelyn, Major, Professional & Academic, Study, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

An alternate title for this article could be “Yes, I Changed My Major Junior Year and Will Graduate on Time”, but I’ll get into that later.  Sometimes it can seem like everyone has it together in college, with their dream job at their dream company and a major taking them along that path.  Well, believe me, many of us start …

Why Mechanical Engineering?

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If you’ve been on campus, you might have seen me walking backwards in front of a group of families, talking loudly with large hand gestures, including the occasional “Fight On!”. As a tour guide, I have plenty of opportunities to talk about why I chose USC, but not how I knew majoring in mechanical engineering was the right choice for …

Storytelling as an Engineer

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In my opinion, one of the most important—and underrated—parts of engineering is actually storytelling.  Engineered technologies such as social media, cinema, and VR tell powerful stories; moreover, I believe that engineers of any field can greatly benefit from harnessing the power of storytelling to communicate and contemplate ideas about new technologies of all kinds.  For me, USC’s writing education is …

My Experience Taking a Class about Street Gangs

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Registering for classes is a stressful experience. For me, this involves trying to juggle required classes, long labs, and rate my professor reviews to piece together the perfect schedule while simultaneously biting my nails as the open spots in my preferred classes fill up. In addition to the required classes, USC students get the unique opportunity to take general education …

Choosing USC: Moving 7000 Miles Away

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Coming from Guangzhou, China, halfway around the world, the most common question I got from my fellow students when I first came to USC was “Why?”. “Why move all the way to LA for college?” Moving so far away from home to study engineering was definitely a decision that I had to think through, but despite the difficulties of the …

USC is Music to My Ears

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One of my biggest fears applying to engineering schools was that I would lose my love for music and performance.  In high school, I spent about five hours a day certain times of the year in theatre and dance rehearsals, and played piano often at home on the weekends.  Many high school students have heard of the ominous “Sleep-Social Life-Schoolwork” …

Two Years Later: Reflecting on Why I Chose USC

Miles Kay Aerospace and Mechanical, Best of LA, Campus Events, Free Time, Hikes, Major, Miles, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

It blows my mind that a little over two years ago I decided that I’d be attending USC. The last two years have gone incredibly fast; it’s crazy (and a bit scary) that I’m already halfway done with college. This year has been even better than my freshman year, and as I reflect on that decision I made two years …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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

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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

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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~ …

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 …

Why I Was Scared of Being an Engineer

Cami Amein Cami, College Applications, Electrical, Major, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Being a senior in high school is not easy. There is so much pressure to know where you are going to college, what you want to study, basically everything else about the rest of your life and don’t forget to get good grades in all your classes. For people who thought they had it all planned out, good for them, ...