The past two weeks before spring break have been filled with midterms, problem sets, quizzes, research and a lot of exciting things outside of school!

Last week, I went to Six Flags Magic Mountain with all the other Viterbi Student Ambassadors. I have never liked rollercoasters, so Six Flags isn’t typically part of my weekend plans. The VSA trip to Six Flags, however, involved scavenger hunts and a competition to ride the most rollercoasters, so I managed to get on a few rollercoasters and ended up having a lot of fun. My team #jacobsladders may not have been the official winners, but we definitely won in spirit.

This past week was also big little week at my sorority. For those of you unfamiliar with “big little,” it refers to the sort of mentorship system embedded within Greek life. Each new member in our house will receive a “big” in her first semester. This person is there to help her navigate Greek life, the freshman experience, and USC in general. I find this to be one of the best parts of being in a sorority. My big is one of my closest friends, and I know my little will assume this role as well. It’s also just a really fun week because we decorate the house with all sorts of things for our littles, and then at the end of the week we have reveal, which is a scavenger hunt around the house that will lead each little to find her big. This year we went roller skating after reveal. Today, we also had presents which is an event unique to USC where parents come for a ceremony in which the whole new member class is “presented.”

Yesterday, I also took a quick trip to the Mojave Desert for part of a static fire for USC’s Rocket Propulsion Laboratory. It’s always fun to get outside with my friends in this group and work on developing our skills in rocketry. Then, I have one more midterm tomorrow, a few assignments and quizzes this week, and finally on Friday spring break begins!

While it has been exciting to be busy, it has been an exhausting two weeks. I am looking forward to head home for break. Since I am from Colorado, I will likely be spending most of my break up in the Rocky Mountains, skiing and relaxing in my week off.

Audrey Roberts

Audrey Roberts

MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering YEAR: Class of 2021 HOMETOWN: Denver, Colorado PRONOUNS: she/her/hers INSTA: @audrey.roberts On campus, I lead outreach for the USC Rocket Propulsion Laboratory, do materials research in the M.C. Gill Composites Center, and am the Academic Chair of my sorority.