No Summer Internship? No Problem

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Service, Students, Study, summer, Viterbi Summer, Work Leave a Comment

These are really unprecedented times! I know I am not alone in having my academic and professional summer plans canceled, and with this, myself and many of my peers have had to get creative with the ways we are building our resumes this summer. It’s often thought that having a summer internship is key to a professionally successful summer, but …

Covid-19 and Cancelled Internships

Sheetal Madnani Chemical, Internship, Research, Sheetal, summer Leave a Comment

I awoke early in April, as many people have in the last two months, to the news that my summer internship had been canceled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Understandably, the first few days passed in a blur of panic and confusion, as this opportunity I had looked forward to since December was replaced with the fear of …

How Hard Are Engineering Classes?

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Students, Study, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

It’s May 11, and I’m halfway through finals week of my junior year spring semester. Though I’ve been taking engineering classes since first semester freshman year, it’s clear that the classes I’m taking now are more specific, and definitely harder. But one question that has been on my mind from the moment I decided I wanted to major in engineering …

Top 10 USC Memories: Freshman to Senior Year

Madelyn Douglas Best of LA, Campus Events, Electrical, Hikes, Involvement, Life Outside Of Engineering, Madelyn, Major, Professional & Academic, Research, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

With my last classes of senior year finished, it took a lot of thinking for me to decide what my last blog posts would be about. Best ice cream stores in LA? A very important topic. Top articles on engineering ethics? Also worthwhile. But, I figured I would keep it simple and wallow in my senior-year nostalgic tears by blogging …

I Will Never Complain about Three-hour Labs Again

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Campus Events, Dominie, Involvement, Life Outside Of Engineering, Professional & Academic, Research, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

As the last week of classes is underway, I think it’s an apropos time to reflect on this crazy semester. What began as a carefully planned year – MCAT date set for May 16, Edwards Lifesciences internship lined up for the summer – turned out to be the most uncertain and unsettling period of my life. So much for having …

Being a Woman in Engineering at USC

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Service, Social & Diversity, Students, Study, Why USC, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

With junior year coming to a close, I’ve started thinking back on all the things I was worried about when I was starting college, and how they impact me now. Being a woman entering a male dominated field was one of my top concerns when choosing a college to attend, and, looking back at my past three years, I couldn’t …

Why Chemical Engineering?

Sheetal Madnani Chemical, College Applications, Major, Sheetal, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

One of the hardest parts about entering college, going through orientation, and even deciding where to go to college, is choosing your major. But what people don’t often tell you is that once you enter college, that decision doesn’t just disappear: there will be times you question your choice of major, there will be times you change majors accordingly, and …

Registering for Classes: Freshman First Semester

Natalie Kistler Biomedical, Natalie K, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

I firmly believe that no matter how many times I have done it, registering for classes is a stressful experience. No scheduling experience is complete without those hours spent meticulously creating the perfect schedule and those next couple of hours spent stressing and watching it slip away as classes fill up or close. Scheduling, like most things in life, is …

Best of ITP

Madelyn Douglas Entrepreneurship, Involvement, Madelyn, Professional & Academic, Study, Video Games, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

With just a few blogs left before I graduate (please, hold your tears… @myself), I want to make sure I leave some information about a program that is home to many of my favorite and most rewarding classes—Viterbi’s Information Technology Program (ITP). Providing more unique minors (i.e. Video Game Programming, Digital Forensics, Innovation, Mobile App Dev, iOT Devices) than the …

Deciding Where to Go for College

Lindsay Huang College Applications, Lindsay, Why USC 1 Comment

Hey! Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe amidst all this chaos! Even without the pandemic, the spring of your senior year in high school can still be pretty stressful, since you’re probably choosing a place to call home for the next four years of your life. I definitely remember struggling a lot with my own college decision two …

Housing: How I Decided Where to Live

Mark Parent Civil and Environmental, Dorm, Housing, Mark, Suite, Uncategorized, Why USC Leave a Comment

Choosing a residence hall is a big decision for many first year students. A combination of nerves and excitement may leave you wondering what do other students prioritize when thinking about what building to live in. Here are some of the aspects that I considered when choosing my first year. The main three things that lead me to choosing a …

A Half Semester But A Full Heart

Sheetal Madnani Campus Events, Chemical, Involvement, Life Outside Of Engineering, Sheetal, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

I love doing semesterly recaps: be that through a witty end of semester Instagram post captioned with a pun that makes every one of my followers groan, by means of a blog post (like this one!), or in the context of an intense night of journaling. But I’ve never before had to try to reflect on a semester that was …

Reflections on an Early End to Senior Year

Madelyn Douglas Best of LA, Home Life, Life Outside Of Engineering, Madelyn, Trojan Spirit, Why USC Leave a Comment

As someone who always processes things at least a month late, I am now getting hit by huge waves of nostalgia for my lost month and a half of second semester senior year. While thinking about all the friends I didn’t get to hang out with one last time, the projects I wish I was able to complete, and the …

Second Semester Senior

Camila Salomon Gnecco Uncategorized Leave a Comment

My first blog ever on this website was at the very end of my first year at USC. I read it right before writing this one. I remember sitting in the rose garden across USC’s campus and seeing seniors taking graduation photos. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be in their shoes, and now here I am …