[cs_content][cs_section parallax=”false” separator_top_type=”none” separator_top_height=”50px” separator_top_inset=”0px” separator_top_angle_point=”50″ separator_bottom_type=”none” separator_bottom_height=”50px” separator_bottom_inset=”0px” separator_bottom_angle_point=”50″ _order=”0″ style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”4/5″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text]Winter break was a great time to relax and unwind after a busy fall semester. Adjusting to the surprisingly cold Houston weather wasn’t the best welcoming gift – but it was a nice change from LA. Once I got home the first thing I did was sleep – the past week of finals hadn’t done my sleeping schedule any justice, and so I thought it would be an ideal time to try and catch up. After my first priority was checked off the list, I was able to get on with the other things in my break, which included catching up with friends, hanging out with my parents and brother, and seeing my extended family. [/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://viterbivoices.usc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/IMG_3027.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=””][cs_text]Although winter break was a nice breather from the busy lifestyle of school, all good things come to an end. However, even though starting up a new semester meant having to start up homework, studying, and waking up for those early morning lectures again, there were also some things I was looking forward to. Starting up a new semester means taking completely new classes covering completely different material – this semester I am taking a computer science class about the organization of hardware and software within a computer, linear algebra, intro to physics, and an advanced writing class (very different from what I took last semester). In addition, taking completely new classes means having completely new classmates which offers the opportunity to meet completely new people. Finally, starting up a new semester gives me the chance to improve my grades – an opportunity I think we can all use.
A week into the semester, I can safely say things are going pretty well. The classwork hasn’t started truly ramping up yet, and so I can’t yet accurately say how heavy the workload is, but it doesn’t seem like it is going to be too bad. Looking past the school work, I am meeting new people, looking to get involved in different organizations, and – aside from the rain – enjoying my 4th semester at USC.
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