Turning Expectations Into Reality (Why USC)

Daniel Donchev Best of LA, Free Time, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer, Why USC Leave a Comment

In the past, I’ve written a blog about the five factors that led me to attending USC. Check it out if you haven’t already! This time around I want to talk about the goals and expectations I set for myself prior to my first day as an undergrad and whether I was able to meet them during my four years …

My Sophomore Year Resolution: Play More Tennis and Golf!

Miles Kay Best of LA, Free Time, Miles, Sports, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

In high school, sports were my preferred method of de-stressing. I played both varsity tennis and golf, and when I wasn’t in season I could be found playing both with my friends or family in preparation for the next season. As all high school athletes know, sports seasons are a great way to get exercise, hang out with your friends, …

Music: My Break from Chem-E

Jacob Toney Chemical, Free Time, Home Life, Involvement, Jacob, Music, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Let me just start off by saying I love my major. I’m incredibly happy studying chemical engineering, and feel like my coursework is truly preparing me for my future professional career. That being said, once in a while, I need a break. I’m sure you all know what I mean; even your favorite hobbies or the most interesting subjects get …

Freshman Me vs. Sophomore Me

Dominie Miyasato Beach, Best of LA, Dominie, Food, Hikes, Professional & Academic, Research, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I am a sophomore who is teaching assistant, otherwise called Freshman Academy Coach, for the engineering course that all freshmen are required to take during their first semester at USC. The purpose of the class is to guide freshmen through their transition to Viterbi and college as a whole. From this experience, I am reminded of all the little details …

Staying Balanced by Taking Weight Training!

Celeste Goodwin Aerospace and Mechanical, Athletics, Celeste, Music, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

We’re back on campus and it’s already week 5, ah!! It’s my junior year and it’s been a busy one so far, but it’s soooo great. The photo above shows when I took a little time off by seeing John Williams at the Hollywood Bowl! Here, I wanted to describe a bit of what’s going on with me and my …

Back to school? Back to the grind!!!

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After an exciting summer of interning and catching up with all my friends from back home, I had a yearning for my home away from home. I missed all the late night chats with friends, spontaneous adventures to get random food at places I’ve never heard of, rallying for the Trojans on gameday, etc, etc, etc… This year, I’m living …

Last One, Best One – Senior Year!

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Yep, 4 weeks in and one test down, it finally feels like school again! And to make matters even better (or worse depending how you look at it,) it’s my last Fall semester as an undergrad at USC! Definitely bitter sweet. It’s strange sitting in the Dining halls (as few seniors even do) seeing freshmen in their first month at …

Mythbusted: Engineers are Only Friends With Other Engineers

Cami Amein Best of LA, Cami, Free Time, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

This past weekend I was thrifting with a couple of friends. Both of which happened to be non-stem majors. One is in Marshall and the other is majoring in NGOs and social change (non-governmental organizations). We were talking and catching up and of course our classes came up. I’m currently in a mix of EE, dance, and GEs, and I ...

My Senior Year To-Do List

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I still catch myself stumbling over my words when I tell someone “oh yeah, I’m a senior!” Senior year is officially here and we are back on the grind. These first few weeks have already flown by so quickly, with classes, involvement fairs, and catching up with friends. This semester, I’m taking two grad classes, since I’m pursuing my Masters …

Taking a break from LA!

Rhea Choudhury Beach, Best of LA, Free Time, Hikes, Rhea, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

Hey hey! It’s been a minute since I posted on here, summer was ridiculously busy but so much fun. I spent my summer interning at Edwards Lifesciences, a biotech company based in Irvine, CA– I worked as a manufacturing engineer in their Transcatheter Heart Valve Delivery Systems business unit, specifically on Pilot Operations. A lot of big words, I know, …

The ABC’s of Sophomore Year (Açai Bowls, Being Adventurous, and Career Preparations)

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Sophomore year is in full swing and I couldn’t be happier to be back on campus! Though the first few weeks have been fast-paced and challenging, they’ve also been rewarding and fun. I’m really excited to share some of the things I’ve been up to with you all, keep reading to discover my culinary endeavors, gameday experiences, and how I’ve …

Eat On!

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Eating in Los Angeles is an experience in itself, but USC has some great options available. Whether it be a midnight craving or wanting to fill yourself up at meal time, there is a place for it on campus. Honorable mentions: Cava (mediterranean subway), Himalayan house (curry), Lemonade (salads, sandwiches, lemonade), and Blaze pizza Check out more locations of places …

How a College Scholarship Took Me to Hollywood

Miranda Jernberg Best of LA, Chemical, Free Time, Internship, Involvement, Miranda, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer 2 Comments

Rewind to Spring 2017 when I applied to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, I was a senior in high school trying to prepare for the price of college. In Fall 2017, I found out that I had been selected as a scholar! I was over the moon with excitement. Receiving a scholarship turned out to be just one opportunity granted to …

Can you be a vegan in college?

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Coming to college is a huge lifestyle change for everyone. For me, coming in as a new vegan seemed like a big test that I had to pass. The summer after I graduated high school I decided to make the switch to being a vegan. My mom was awesome about making sure I always had delicious and healthy meals meat ...

“A Little Bit of Everything” Kind of Summer

Dominie Miyasato Beach, Biomedical, Dominie, Free Time, Hikes, Research, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Why USC, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

The summer after my freshman year was a perfect blend of work, travel, and time spent relaxing at home. For the first seven weeks, I resided at USC to work in Professor Zavaleta’s research lab. As mentioned in my last blog post, Professor Z’s lab investigates the use of nanoparticles in detecting tumors with great precision. Every week day, I …

Adventure is Out There: Exploring LA as a Midwesterner

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Until I visited USC last March, I had never been to Los Angeles. When I arrived in LA for my campus visit, I knew very little about the city beyond its idyllic depiction in La La Land, a movie which left me excited to have those quintessentially LA experiences seen in the film. After my visit, I realized why all …