Freshman 15: 15 Things to Consider as a Freshman!

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Whether you are deciding where to take your talents next year or just perusing the college websites to learn more, understanding the freshman experience is a must.  Freshman year is a time of learning, adjustment, and excitement, but knowing how to maximize these aspects will put you well ahead of the game.

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Me and Leigh, a candid shot on the polo grounds of Coachella

April, the Best Month at USC

At colleges across the nation, April marks the beginning of spring. Even as far north as Boston, students pull out the beach towels and Frisbees and hit the quad to soak up some sun as the temperature rises. At USC, the same phenomenon occurs. The thermostat begins to regularly peak past 75 degrees (remember, the 55 degree winters here in southern California are freezing), and productivity slowly declines as beach trips are planned. But everyone knows about the beaches in southern California. What makes the month of April truly special at the University of Southern California? Continue reading


Spring Break Recap!

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Midterms are slowly beginning to slow down so I can finally tell you about my Spring Break.  I decided to break it up into two parts, half of which I would go car-camping, and the other traveling to Portland, Oregon.   In retrospect this made my break very busy and let me really make the most out of the free week!

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Lovely shot of Bovard Auditorium

Why USC You Ask

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I still remember being a senior in high school trying to juggle sports, school work, and college applications.  It is a time of stress, but anxiety to learn where you will be taking your talents next year.  There are so many stories of the perfect college fit, the ideal major, or myths about how to get into colleges.  While some of these methods may have yielded results for some, it by no means is a fool proof or even advantageous strategy.  At an institution like USC, if there was a set standard, set person, set essay, or test score to get in, the student body would be filled with the same type of people and frankly quite boring.  And this is simply not the case.

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DineLA – Restaurant Week!

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Los Angeles is a city filled with personality ranging from its vast food culture, to its national landmarks and natural landscapes.  When I arrived to USC I had no idea how I would tackle all of the perks LA had to offer.  LA must have heard my request when it hosts the DineLA Restaurant Week event!  Restaurant Week is two weeks where restaurants throughout Los Angeles and Orange County offer 2-4 course meals at a discounted price to encourage people to go out and try different eateries.
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Top 10 Countdown Fall 2013

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This semester has flown by!  It is hard to believe Thanksgiving is over and finals are right around the corner.  So many things have happened to make this semester truly memorable.  Below I have listed some of the highlights from my semester, Enjoy!

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Marisa and I

My Favorite Place in LA: Manhattan Beach

Hey guys! Another week gone by just like that! The beautiful weather for the last few weeks has reminded me how lucky I am to be in LA! On the weekends I have been sneaking away from campus and heading to a beach city called Manhattan Beach. I love the environment near the pier and wanted to tell you a little bit about my adventures here!

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The Best of LA!

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As an engineer, I have come to really value my weekends and the free days where I can explore Los Angeles and go to my favorite food, beach, and hang out spots! Coming from Northern California, we do not have the same luxury of nice beaches and perfect weather so on my free days I make the most of it there!  However, when I want to get some work done and just relax with some laughs, great hang out spots are not very far away.

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Studying for my ISE 220 midterm!

My Favorite Study Spots: CBTL and Cups on Figueroa

It’s probably pretty safe to say that about 80 percent of the time I study in my apartment. This is partly because I do a majority of my studying in the evenings and I like to be able to lounge around in comfy clothes and have constant access to snack food. I also like to wear my noise-canceling headphones and listen to music when I study and they kind of make me look like a bug, so I try to avoid that in public. However, I definitely wouldn’t categorize my apartment as my favorite study spot. While I’m often very productive since it’s pretty quiet, whenever I have some time to study between classes, on weekends, or if I’m just feeling more adventurous, I head over to Figueroa.

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