4 Ways to Maximize Fall in L.A.

Celeste Goodwin Best of LA, Celeste, Free Time, Hikes, Music, Sports Leave a Comment

So you may have heard that Los Angeles doesn’t experience seasons… I’ll admit that this is halfway true. We don’t get snow or as many changing trees as other parts of the country, but we do get some chillier weather and our favorite fall traditions! Here are five ways to enjoy the fall in Los Angeles. Whatever team you claim …

Going to College in LA: The Best 5 Things I’ve Done This Semester

Christina Najm Beach, Best of LA, Civil and Environmental, Free Time, Music, Sports, Students, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

The fall semester is halfway over! Midterm season is in full swing, teachers are starting to talk about final projects and papers, and Halloween is almost here! After living at USC and in downtown LA for over two years, I’ve learned a lot about all the exciting things to do off campus to get a break from school. This semester …

Viterbi Summer Institute, APPLY!

Mark Parent Beach, Best of LA, Campus Events, Civil and Environmental, College Applications, Dorm, Food, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Sports, Students, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

The Viterbi Summer Institute is a program put on through the Center for Engineering Diversity that gives minority students the opportunity to get acclimated to the school and the unfamiliar area prior to the start of classes. You basically get to experience college before starting your freshman year, making the transition a lot simpler. A total of 50 students are …

Treat Yourself! My Favorite Ice Cream Spots in LA

Natalie Kistler Best of LA, Biomedical, Food, Free Time, Natalie, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

For most, nothing screams summer like the sweet aroma of a freshly made waffle cone and a fat scoop of your favorite ice cream flavor. Although the cold weather in Kansas City never stopped me from eating ice cream in the middle of winter, luckily in beautiful LA, everyday feels like summer. For an ice cream fanatic like me, the …

Organizing the Western Regional Conference: An American Institute of Chemical Engineers Event!

Sheetal Madnani Campus Events, Chemical, Professional & Academic Leave a Comment

Last month, I had the incredible opportunity to staff a conference of chemical engineering undergraduates held here at USC, where over 300 students from universities across California, Nevada, and Arizona, gathered here in sunny LA to engage in academic competitions, network professionally, and attend career workshops. This event was organized by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) chapter here …

Engineering and Greek Life: The Ultimate System Balance

Christina Najm Free Time, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Students, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

If you told me three years ago that I’d be heavily involved in a sorority in college, I would’ve said you were crazy. Yet here I am, in my junior year at USC and second term as vice president of Alpha Omega Epsilon, the science and engineering professional and social sorority in the Viterbi School of Engineering. In my freshman …

An AIChE Breaky Semester

Jacob Toney Chemical, Design Teams, Free Time, Involvement, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Research, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Happy Thursday folks! It’s another month, another blog, and another day in the life of a Viterbi student. The days have certainly been getting busier lately, with classes picking up and recruitment season starting, so stay tuned for more updates on that. In the meantime, however, the main event I’ve been looking forward to this semester is attending the annual …

Tips for Roommate Selection: You Won’t Regret Going Random!

Mark Parent Athletics, Beach, Best of LA, Civil and Environmental, Dorm, Food, Free Time, Housing, Involvement, Museums, Social & Diversity, Sports, Students, Study, Suite, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

When I had committed to come to USC, my first challenge was choosing where I was going to live. USC has many different freshman residence halls that is perfect for all types of students. Since I received a merit scholarship from USC, I chose to live in McCarthy Honors College in the brand-new University Village. The next thing I thought …

Staying on Top of Things: Managing Coursework in College

Derek Jones Free Time, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Life at a high-achieving school like USC, not surprisingly, has its ups and downs in terms of stress, time management, and fun. There are days where my workload seems insurmountable, and others where I feel totally in control. If you want to manage all this without making yourself stir-crazy, the key is to minimize these fluctuations. Sometimes it’s a bit …

Coolest Things I’ve Done at USC

Mahima Varanasi Computer Science, Food, Free Time, Mahima, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

I’m really into self-reflection at the moment, so as my first year has wrapped up, I wanted to look back at all of the cool opportunities I’ve had at USC, especially since I never saw myself doing these things as a computer science major in college. If you want to check out all of my Los Angeles adventures, you can …

To Read or Not to Read? The Case for Taking Classes Outside Your Major

Sheetal Madnani Chemical, Free Time, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

This semester, I had the opportunity to take a Liberal Arts Reading Salon class here at USC titled CORE 200, which involved a class-curated reading list that covered an impressive eight works over the course of the semester. Prior to taking this class, I was already enrolled in an 18 unit course load, but my best friend convinced me that …

Storytelling as an Engineer

Madelyn Douglas Campus Events, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

In my opinion, one of the most important—and underrated—parts of engineering is actually storytelling.  Engineered technologies such as social media, cinema, and VR tell powerful stories; moreover, I believe that engineers of any field can greatly benefit from harnessing the power of storytelling to communicate and contemplate ideas about new technologies of all kinds.  For me, USC’s writing education is …

Junior Year: Halfway There, Livin’ on a Prayer

Jacob Toney Chemical, Design Teams, Free Time, Involvement, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Sports, Students, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Hey everyone, and happy weekend. We’re 3 weeks into the semester now, so things are getting moving! While I’m still getting used to the idea of being a junior, and the fact that I’m officially halfway done with college now, I’m excited to see what the remaining 4 semesters hold. Between classes, extracurriculars, and everything else, I’ve got quite the …

USC NSBE Takes On Detroit! – NSBE 45th Annual Conference

Mark Parent Civil and Environmental, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Why USC Leave a Comment

USC NSBE chapter at the national conference USC NSBE chapter at the national conference As a freshman, I am so grateful that I joined NSBE because it gives me the support system I need to excel in my academics. For those wondering, NSBE stands for the National Society of Black Engineers whose mission is to “to increase the number of …

A Freshman Reflection

Nick Bortolon Aerospace and Mechanical, Free Time, Involvement, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I cannot believe my second year as a USC student has finally begun! Although I’ve nearly completed 41 units, 12 classes, and over ¼ of my undergraduate career, it feels like it’s gone by in the blink of an eye. The purpose of this blog post is not to tell you step-by-step about my experience as a student last year. …

Wake Up It’s Gameday!

Miles Kay Campus Events, Free Time, Involvement, Miles, Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit Leave a Comment

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…football season! For me, fall semester is synonymous with football. You can’t beat gamedays: tailgating with friends, screaming the USC Fight Song, and the palpable electricity when the Trojans score a touchdown are enough to make me wish we had a home game every weekend. One of the student organizations that I’m a …

Choosing USC: Moving 7000 Miles Away

Sheetal Madnani Best of LA, Chemical, Involvement Leave a Comment

Coming from Guangzhou, China, halfway around the world, the most common question I got from my fellow students when I first came to USC was “Why?”. “Why move all the way to LA for college?” Moving so far away from home to study engineering was definitely a decision that I had to think through, but despite the difficulties of the …