Looking for the tryzone

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 …

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, …

Step your ramen game up son.

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: https://twitter.com/ZTakeo/status/383794681345507328 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 me.

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 …

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 …

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 …


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: …


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 …

Easy livin at da beach

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 …

Birnkrant Angry Birdsssss

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 …

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 …