Reflections on an Early End to Senior Year

Madelyn Douglas Best of LA, Free Time, Home Life, Madelyn, Trojan Spirit, Why USC Leave a Comment

As someone who always processes things at least a month late, I am now getting hit by huge waves of nostalgia for my lost month and a half of second semester senior year. While thinking about all the friends I didn’t get to hang out with one last time, the projects I wish I was able to complete, and the …

Relieving Stress ASAP!

Madelyn Douglas Free Time, Hikes, Home Life, Madelyn, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

College can be stressful on its own, but especially requires stress-relieving habits each day in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As humans, we naturally do not respond well to uncertainty and change, and not knowing what will happen in the next few months paired with major lifestyle changes takes a lot of adjusting to. While I spend the next …

Traveling With My Tastebuds

Natalie Kistler Biomedical, Food, Free Time, Home Life, Natalie K, Spring Break, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Hello from Kansas! One week, lots of emails, and some flight changes later, I am back home in Kansas City! Although the experience of leaving school and returning home has been chaotic, confusing, and disappointing, I am trying to make the best of the whole situation and be optimistic about the rest of the semester! Before I launch back into …

Goodbye Comfort Zone, Hello Songwriting!

Madelyn Douglas Free Time, Madelyn, Music, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

As someone who has spent over 85,000 minutes listening to music last year (thanks, Spotify wrapped), I’ve been hoping to at least attempt making music at some point in my life. Knowing myself realistically, I have a hard time making time for projects like creating a song outside of classes. The solution? Force yourself to enroll in songwriting at USC’s …

A Crazy Last Two Weeks

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

As you might have been able to guess from the title, the last two weeks for me have been a little crazy. The weekend before last, I drove with a group of friends up to Santa Barbara (something I also did last semester and, coincidentally, also made a blog post about), where one of them was from and whose house …

Why USC: Benefits of Being a Trojan

Mark Parent Abroad, Beach, Best of LA, Civil and Environmental, Design Teams, Free Time, Mark, Music, Students, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Why USC Leave a Comment

Choosing a college is a monumental life decision, where you essentially choose where you’re going to spend the next 4 years of your life, not to mention your lifelong friend group. Many of you are patiently awaiting your admissions letters in the mail and if USC was not your dream school (believe me it wasn’t mine either), you’re probably wondering …

Club Volleyball at USC

Derek Jones Athletics, Derek, Free Time, Involvement, Sports Leave a Comment

Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved playing volleyball. I was born and raised in northern California, one of the few places where men’s volleyball is—you know, an actual thing. All four of my siblings played growing up, so while I was little and playing on my Gameboy courtside at all their tournaments, I was unknowingly accruing game-sense and intuition, …

The Perfect Schedule

Madelyn Douglas Electrical, Madelyn, Major, Music, Research, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

So far, one of my favorite parts about being a second semester senior is FINALLY having the first choice for all my classes. This semester has brought the most exciting lectures yet because OHMYGOSHILOVEALLMYCLASSES which can be a rare thing when you’re anxiously awaiting a registration date while all the good GE spots fill up (aww, freshman year memories). Behold, …

Take Advantage of USC Events!!

Audrey Roberts Audrey, Best of LA, Free Time Leave a Comment

As an engineering student, schedules fill up quickly. Between six classes, research, design teams, and of course podcasting, I often look at my calendar for the day and I don’t even have 30 minutes free. When my classmates pull up their calendars, it looks about the same. There’s a lot to take part in at USC, and it’s the nature …

Home Sweet Mahomes: The Kansas City Chiefs are going to the Super Bowl!!!!

Natalie Kistler Biomedical, Free Time, Natalie K, Sports, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

How ‘bout those Chiefs!  The day I have quite literally been waiting for my entire life is about to come this Sunday.  After fifty years, the Kansas City Chiefs are playing in the Superbowl!!! WOW! There are few things I love more in life than football, especially Chiefs football. In fact, my love for football was a major factor in …

3 Goals for My Last Semester at USC

Celeste Goodwin Aerospace and Mechanical, Best of LA, Celeste, Food, Life After Graduation, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I can’t believe I am a last semester senior!!! I will be graduating with my degree in Mechanical Engineering this May 2020, so this Spring is my final semester at USC. I am both super excited and super sad about leaving USC! In August I will be starting my job at Microsoft as a Program Manager in the Devices organization, …

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 …