Five Things to Do During Finals that Aren’t Studying

Madelyn Douglas Best of LA, Food, Free Time, Home Life, Madelyn, Music, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

It’s the most wonderful ~stressful~ time of the year… finals can be intense, especially if you stay locked up in your room for 14 hours a day without seeing sunlight (been there, done that, don’t do it). Remember, diamonds are made under pressure, and sometimes your best studying and work can get done in between breaks of fun, stress-relieving activities! …

Can Christmas Happen in College?

Natalie Kistler Best of LA, Biomedical, Free Time, Natalie K Leave a Comment

After Thanksgiving, Christmas hits campus in a flurry as students scramble to fit a whole month of holiday cheer into the final 2 weeks of school. Trying to find the holiday spirit amidst the whirlwind of papers, projects, and finals can be difficult, especially considering that the 70 degree “Cali weather” in December doesn’t exactly signal Santa’s coming like it …

Winter in LA: Baby It’s (Not) Cold Outside

Derek Jones Best of LA, Derek, Free Time, Music Leave a Comment

This week marked the last week of classes for my fall semester as a sophomore here at USC. It’s a little bittersweet. This semester has been a rollercoaster for me—but a really fun one, like California Screamin’ or something. Going through my first experiences with applying to internships, classes getting more intense, and getting more involved in my organizations has …

No Ordinary Nature Blog: LA’s Best Natural Disasters

Madelyn Douglas Best of LA, Madelyn, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

While you probably can google “LA nature” and find lots of photos of Griffith Park, Joshua Tree, Santa Monica, or any other nearby relaxing hike and beach locations, I’m here for those of you looking for a more ~chaotic~ take! This semester, I’m taking one of my Thematic Option classes, CORE 103: “Predicting Disaster: The Applied Science of Seismology”, on …

Saturdays are for the Conference

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

Once upon time in Orlando, Florida, a group of chemical engineers congregated to spread knowledge, socialize, and celebrate the joy that is being a chemical engineer. It’s a magical experience that this year, fittingly, took place next to the Magic Kingdom. All joking aside, the conference was tons of fun. This was my first time attending the national AIChE Student …

Fall Break, It’s About Time!

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This year was the first year USC had a fall break, and, oh my, was it ever needed. It can be very difficult to start school in August and go until Thanksgiving. With an added break in the middle of October (Thursday and Friday off), I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Some went camping, some went to Malibu, …

My Ultimate Roadmap to Hosting Your Parents

Natalie Kistler Best of LA, Biomedical, Campus Events, Natalie K, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

One of the most anticipated weekends of the year, Family Weekend, has come and gone. Whether your family stayed home, your parents came, or you were visited by your parents, siblings, and a distant relative, the electric buzz on campus is fun for all. Although many students eagerly look forward to this weekend, there is also a bit of stress …

Fall Break: Getting Out of LA!

Derek Jones Beach, Derek, Free Time, Hikes, Home Life Leave a Comment

USC’s first ever Fall Break was a few weekends ago, and every student collectively breathed a huge sigh of relief—myself certainly included. My midterm schedule this semester has been both forgiving and unforgiving; although I’ve had no real heavy weeks of work, my tests have been spread out enough where I’ve had one or two almost every week throughout my …

The REAL Guide to LA Study Cafés

Madelyn Douglas Best of LA, Food, Free Time, Madelyn, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

If you are a yelp maniac like me, then you may have spent more than a few wasted hours looking at “top 10 study cafes near you” and many, many, many similarly titled pages. Sadly, the automated selection of popular LA cafes just isn’t sufficient for a college student seeking various criteria for a great study café (open until 2am? …

Knowing USC… Forwards AND Backwards

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Let’s all admit it: one of the most powerful draws to a college campus is the campus tour. It is a massive swaying point in many people’s college decisions, and USC capitalizes on that fact by making tour guides the best they possibly can be. That’s why I’m here, and that’s why I applied to be a Student Ambassador for …

My First Fall Break at USC

Mark Parent Beach, Civil and Environmental, Free Time, Home Life, Involvement, Major, Mark, Spring Break, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

This year, USC decided to implement fall break like many other universities on the east coast to give students a well-deserved break from schoolwork. This allows students time to relax and take their mind off of school in the middle of the semester. The Engemann Student Health Center had taken data from prior years which showed a need for a …

BMES Conference 2019

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Dominie, Free Time, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

For fall break, I attended the annual Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) conference in Philadelphia! Students and researchers from universities across the nation were there to present research and learn about the latest advancements in the field of biomedical engineering. I was there to represent the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering, a student-run organization that serves the specific needs of the …

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, Christina, 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, Mark, 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 …