Do Engineering Students Have a Life?

Nick Bortolon Aerospace and Mechanical, Best of LA, Free Time, Nick, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

We’ve all heard the chiche: engineering students are too busy studying so they don’t have any time to go and have fun. Does this hold any truth? Absolutely not. If you look on any Viterbi publication, you might have seen the term “Engineering Plus” which refers to the idea of engineering students being more than just… well… engineering students. This …

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 …

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? …

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 …

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 …

Treat Yourself! My Favorite Ice Cream Spots in LA

Natalie Kistler Best of LA, Biomedical, Food, Free Time, Natalie, Natalie K, 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 …

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, Mark, 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 …

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 …

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 …