It’s Happening! AthenaHacks 2018

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Design Teams, Entrepreneurship, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering, Yingyu

While it might be midterm season for some… it’s AthenaHacks season for me! (Just kidding, databases midterm on Monday!) Months and months of planning have led up to these 24 hours. This weekend, I’m running AthenaHacks, which is an all-female hackathon hosted here at USC! Last year, a couple of friends and I co-founded AthenaHacks, so it’s only our second …

Hometown Havoc- Fires & Mudslides

Nathan Alvarez Nathan

The past few weeks have been absolutely devastating for my home community of Santa Barbara, CA. Our normally quiet, friendly, and calm town was hit by the largest tragedies I’ve ever seen so close to home- a massive wildfire followed by unstoppable mudslides. Throughout December, the Thomas Fire tore through Santa Barbara and Ventura counties and destroyed over 1,000 structures …

Tip #2: Study Study Study

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Major, Professional & Academic, Ramiro, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life

Finals Season is amongst us! So how better to prepare than some little tips I have to offer. Here’s episode 2 of Ramiro’s Tips and Tricks! I think there are three very important things to successfully studying and preparing for examinations. Firstly, I think to be able to study well, you should find a place that you can fully focus. …

Thrill Seekers Central

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Best of LA, Free Time, Professional & Academic, Ramiro, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life

I am originally from Vallejo, California. For those of you who may not know where this is, it is up in Northern California, in between the Napa Valley and Berkeley. Back home, one of the main attractions is Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. It is your typical theme park with many adrenaline filled rides and tons of great junk food. Coming …

Getting over midterms: LA style

Yingyu Sun Food, Museums, Music, Viterbi Plus, Yingyu

Happy Friday!! If you’re anything like me, you’ve been looking forward to the weekend since Monday. Now that midterm season is winding down, it’s about time we spend some time getting some well-deserved rest! So what does a weekend in LA look like? For me, three things: football, food and Downtown LA. Trojans will tell you fall semester is all …

LA Live: Favorite Music Venues Around Los Angeles

Rhea Choudhury Best of LA, Free Time, Music, Rhea, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

One of my absolute favorite parts of going to school in a city as fast-paced and alive as Los Angeles is the opportunity to explore a vibrant live music scene. So many artists move out to LA to get their big break, get signed to a massive record label, and go on world tours, but for all those artists that …

Weekend Roadtrip: Feeling Alive in Death Valley

Rhea Choudhury Free Time, Hikes, Rhea, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

While I love being on campus and our little USC bubble, one of my absolute favorite things to do is go on roadtrips. My parents always took me to beautiful natural spaces as a kid, and my love for nature and the ~great outdoors~ has grown exponentially in the last few years. If I have a chill weekend ahead, I’ll …

Navigating the Working World

Timothy Marino Chemical, Internship, Professional & Academic, Tim Leave a Comment

Well, it’s been a busy summer.  Since making my way back home to Calgary in mid-May, I’ve been interning as an Investment Banking Summer Analyst at a boutique investment company called AltaCorp Capital, Inc.  Despite the job’s focus being slightly different than that of my region of study, this opportunity has taught me a great deal about finance, and, given …

25 Slices of Advice for Incoming Freshmen

Natalie Monger Campus Events, Computer Science, Natalie, Students, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

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 …

AthenaHacks! An Interview With One of the Founders

Shana Douglass Campus Events, Computer Science, Involvement, Shana, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Female empowerment. I’m so here for it. Female empowerment in tech… IM SO HERE FOR IT. A few weeks ago I had the amazing opportunity to attend AthenaHacks, Southern California’s FIRST and ONLY all female Hackathon created for women by women (and USC women nonetheless!). Ladies from universities all across So-Cal came to USC for 2-Days filled with hacking, innovation, …