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One More Time: Senior Spring Semester

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Here we go. In some strange turn of events, I find myself with just one semester remaining in my life as an undergraduate at USC. Leading up to this last semester was the coldest winter break of my life. No need to describe the weather; this Instagram video should suffice:

zach g.One More Time: Senior Spring Semester
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My Favorite Study Spot: Ground Zero Performance Cafe

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What makes a study spot ideal for me is a place that will first and foremost allow me to do work, but also make studying feel less stressful. For me, the Ground Zero Performance Cafe fits the bill. While I certainly have places I go for some hardcore studying, for a day-to-day regular workspace Ground Zero is the best.

zach g.My Favorite Study Spot: Ground Zero Performance Cafe
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Parents Weekend!

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It’s that time of the year. For the past four years, I have been fortunate enough that my entire family (minus my dog…) has been able to attend parents weekend every year. Being from Missouri, I generally am only able to go home on longer school breaks. It’s great that midway through my fall semester I am able to see …

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Favorite Organization: USC Men’s Rugby

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Saturday’s a rugby day! While I love all of the organizations that I am involved in at USC (and wrote about Engineers Without Borders last year),  I have been involved with the USC Men’s Club Rugby team since I began college freshman year. Through rugby I have made some amazing friends and been able to really augment my overall experience …

zach g.Favorite Organization: USC Men’s Rugby
EWB-USC for the win!

San Diego: Engineers Without Borders West Coast Regional Conference

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Hey everybody!!! Greetings from sunny San Diego! I’m south of LA for the weekend with 11 other members of Engineers Without Borders-USC attending the West Coast Regional Conference. The weekend has been amazing thus far, with the team arriving in San Diego last night and attending a great film festival put on by the conference. Today brought even better times, …

zach g.San Diego: Engineers Without Borders West Coast Regional Conference
Professor Andrea Armani - recipient of an MIT 35 Under 30 award and now the Popular Science Annual Brilliant Ten!!

My Favorite Class: MASC-350L, Nanostructured Materials: Design, Synthesis, and Processing

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Hey everyone! This week I’m back to talk about my favorite class of the semester. You may have a good idea of which class I chose based on a previous tweet that I sent:

zach g.My Favorite Class: MASC-350L, Nanostructured Materials: Design, Synthesis, and Processing
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Invite, Exploring LA, New Music, Playoffs and other Adventures in the Life of an Engineer

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Well, it’s that time of the year: Nuff' said #playoffs http://t.co/NmPDjZAU11 — Zach Gima (@ZTakeo) September 28, 2013 The Cardinals, per usual, are back in the playoffs. Expect more Cardinals spamming across my future blogs and tweets. You’ve been warned. If you can’t already tell, this blog post is going to be a bit all over the place. Bear with …

zach g.Invite, Exploring LA, New Music, Playoffs and other Adventures in the Life of an Engineer
Found a great place in Santa Monica: Demitasse Santa Monica

Beyond the USC Bubble: Exploring the Greater Los Angeles Area

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So for senior year, one of my greatest desires is to make an effort to get out of the USC area more often and see some of the amazing places that I have not taken advantage of in Southern California. This past weekend I started off this initiative, heading out to the Santa Monica area with a friend for a …

zach g.Beyond the USC Bubble: Exploring the Greater Los Angeles Area
Fight on!

Beginning of the End: Senior Year Classes in Mechanical Engineering

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And so it begins. Hope everyone has had a great summer so far and is starting to get back into the swing of things! Just like most seniors, I’ve been viewing the start of my senior year with a healthy portion of both excitement and anxiety. While I’ve never been more excited for a semester of school, at the same …

zach g.Beginning of the End: Senior Year Classes in Mechanical Engineering
Cardinals for Life. Wrigley's okay though.

The Summer of Science and Roadtrips

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And we’re back with the second installment of summer blogs. Hope everyone’s summer has continued to be awesome and that everyone’s tanner than they were when they read my first blog post. If you recall from that post, I spent the first part of my summer getting acclimated to research intern life here at Argonne National Laboratory. Since then, everything …

zach g.The Summer of Science and Roadtrips
USC and Aachen enjoying some sightseeing at a temple in Seoul

Summer so far at Argonne National Laboratory

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Yoyoyoyoyoyo everybody! Hope everyone’s summer is off to a fantastic start. After a wild start that spanned three time zones in 3 days, things are finally settling down for me as I have adjusted to life as a research intern at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, IL. Like several other VSA’s, my summer started off in Korea to cap off …

zach g.Summer so far at Argonne National Laboratory
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Can you say Chi City? Summer 2013 and Junior Year in Review

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10 days away from both my last exam and 21st birthday, it’s incredibly cliché but also accurate to say that boy time flies. It’s surreal how quickly junior year flew by and has me already anxious for how quickly senior year is going to go. While this last semester went quickly, it also included a ton of awesome highlights including: …

zach g.Can you say Chi City? Summer 2013 and Junior Year in Review
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Study Breaks

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With finals right around the corner and many final projects coming up within the next couple of weeks, I figured I’d share some of my study strategies/favorite study break pastimes. While the idea of study breaks has certainly drawn mixed results, if you find them to be helpful then here are some of mine (in no particular order): 1. Go outside – …

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Coachella 2013 with some of my best friends (and fellow engineers)

My Advice to Freshmen: Remember What You’re Here For

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If you read the title of this blog post, it would be a reasonable guess to say that I am going to tell you how grades are the most important thing in college and your main goal while being here is to get good grades. And while this is a good guess, I would ultimately tell you that you are …

zach g.My Advice to Freshmen: Remember What You’re Here For
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USC in a Word: Global

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As I tweeted a few days back, one of the main reasons that I came to USC was in order to see more of the world. Had never left U.S. before coming to @USC. Will have traveled to Honduras, U.K., Argentina, and S. Korea by end of semester #USCmeansGlobal — Zach Gima (@ZTakeo) March 10, 2013 With my junior year …

zach g.USC in a Word: Global
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USC Society and Business Lab and What Not

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As I sit in LAX waiting to board my flight to London for the Global Grand Challenges Summit (tune in next week for an update), I finally have a chance to take a step back and realize what an awesome past week this has been/how awesome the rest of the semester will be. This past week really encapsulated everything that Viterbi …

zach g.USC Society and Business Lab and What Not
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Gearing up for Midterm Season

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Well since everyone else is doing it I might as well jump on the bandwagon and mention Viterbi Ball. All I can say is WOW engineers know how to have a good time. I can’t remember the last time I laughed and danced so much in one sitting. A good time was certainly had by all. Anyways, now that the …

zach g.Gearing up for Midterm Season
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Unwinding after Midterm Season

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Holaaaaaa hope everyone’s been doing great since my last blog post! After an action packed couple of weeks filled with research work, extracurriculars, and oh yeah a ton of midterms, I’m taking this weekend to relax and get off campus. With all of the work that engineers have and how great the USC area is, it’s easy to forget how …

zach g.Unwinding after Midterm Season
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My Freshman Dorm: Birnkrant

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Hey y’all, No matter what the college, one of the biggest questions/concerns freshman have are where they are going to live freshman year. Coming from Missouri, I literally had no idea about the dorm scene at USC or which one was “best” or whateva so I spent time googling the different dorms trying to figure out where I wanted to …

zach g.My Freshman Dorm: Birnkrant
Coachella 2013 lineup woooooo!

Rugby, Power Systems, South Korea, Coachella – Zach’s Spring 2013

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Hey everybody! Hope winter break was as enjoyable for you as it was for me. After going home for a bit then travelling to Honduras for Engineers Without Borders, I have returned to USC excited as ever for what the upcoming semester holds. Here’s what my upcoming spring semester of classes has in store for me: I’m extremely excited for this …

zach g.Rugby, Power Systems, South Korea, Coachella – Zach’s Spring 2013