Covid-19 and Cancelled Internships

Sheetal Madnani Chemical, Internship, Research, Sheetal, summer Leave a Comment

I awoke early in April, as many people have in the last two months, to the news that my summer internship had been canceled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Understandably, the first few days passed in a blur of panic and confusion, as this opportunity I had looked forward to since December was replaced with the fear of …

Top 10 USC Memories: Freshman to Senior Year

Madelyn Douglas Best of LA, Campus Events, Electrical, Free Time, Hikes, Involvement, Madelyn, Major, Professional & Academic, Research, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

With my last classes of senior year finished, it took a lot of thinking for me to decide what my last blog posts would be about. Best ice cream stores in LA? A very important topic. Top articles on engineering ethics? Also worthwhile. But, I figured I would keep it simple and wallow in my senior-year nostalgic tears by blogging …

I Will Never Complain about Three-hour Labs Again

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Campus Events, Dominie, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

As the last week of classes is underway, I think it’s an apropos time to reflect on this crazy semester. What began as a carefully planned year – MCAT date set for May 16, Edwards Lifesciences internship lined up for the summer – turned out to be the most uncertain and unsettling period of my life. So much for having …

Best of ITP

Madelyn Douglas Entrepreneurship, Involvement, Madelyn, Professional & Academic, Study, Video Games, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

With just a few blogs left before I graduate (please, hold your tears… @myself), I want to make sure I leave some information about a program that is home to many of my favorite and most rewarding classes—Viterbi’s Information Technology Program (ITP). Providing more unique minors (i.e. Video Game Programming, Digital Forensics, Innovation, Mobile App Dev, iOT Devices) than the …

The Perfect Schedule

Madelyn Douglas Electrical, Madelyn, Major, Music, Research, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

So far, one of my favorite parts about being a second semester senior is FINALLY having the first choice for all my classes. This semester has brought the most exciting lectures yet because OHMYGOSHILOVEALLMYCLASSES which can be a rare thing when you’re anxiously awaiting a registration date while all the good GE spots fill up (aww, freshman year memories). Behold, …

Minors: Unpacking the Myths

Sheetal Madnani Chemical, Professional & Academic, Sheetal, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

As I begin my sixth semester here at USC, I find myself feeling secure for the first time in three years in the fact that I decided to pursue a minor outside of the Viterbi School of Engineering.  As someone who has always been interested in areas outside of engineering, from history to politics to philosophy, deciding to pursue engineering …

Do Engineering Students Have a Life?

Nick Bortolon Aerospace and Mechanical, Best of LA, Free Time, Nick, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

We’ve all heard the chiche: engineering students are too busy studying so they don’t have any time to go and have fun. Does this hold any truth? Absolutely not. If you look on any Viterbi publication, you might have seen the term “Engineering Plus” which refers to the idea of engineering students being more than just… well… engineering students. This …

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?

Nick Bortolon Aerospace and Mechanical, College Applications, Nick, Why USC Leave a Comment

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

Madelyn Douglas Campus Events, Involvement, Madelyn, Professional & Academic, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

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

Natalie Kistler Biomedical, Natalie, Natalie K, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

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

Sheetal Madnani Best of LA, Chemical, Involvement, Sheetal Leave a Comment

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

Madelyn Douglas Free Time, Madelyn, Music, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

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!

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 …

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!

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 …