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! …

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? …

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 …

Long Weekends in College: My Social Life as an Engineering Student

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Best of LA, Design Teams, Food, Free Time, Rachel, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

As an engineering student in the midst of midterm season, you’d think I’m spending every night in the library. But over the three day weekend I had the opportunity to get out a lot (in between studying of course). I’m a member of the structural avionics team for USC’s Rocket Propulsion Lab. I started the weekend working with my team …

Food & (some) Fitness: Bagel Bombs, Bread, and Boxing

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

Many USC students take Presidents’ Day weekend as an opportunity to visit home or travel elsewhere. While I was tempted to book a ticket back home to Colorado to ski this weekend, two midterms and an essay due this coming week made going home a less realistic option for me. Instead, I stuck around the LA area, but (as usual) …

My Completed LA Bucket list (so far!)

Loic Alini Beach, Best of LA, Food, Free Time, Hikes, Loic, Music, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I’ve been in Los Angeles for nearly a year and a half now, and I’ve been lucky enough to have experienced many different places and events around here. Here is a list of my favorite things to do in LA (so far)! Fun Events: Los Angeles is the international capital of entertainment, and this is reflected in the sheer number …

Cherishing my Time with Others

Daniel Donchev Best of LA, Food, Free Time, Sports Leave a Comment

I’m trying to make the most out of my remaining time as an undergrad student here at SC’. While I am emphasizing my school work and striving to get enough sleep, I’m also seeking to actively cherish and nurture the relationships I have had the privilege of forming and maintaining over my four years here. I’ve been attempting to put …

How to Get the Most Out of Trojan Family Weekend

Miranda Jernberg Best of LA, Campus Events, Chemical, Food, Home Life, Involvement, Miranda, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Trojan Family Weekend happens once during first semester every year. It starts on a Thursday and ends the following Sunday, and the middle is jam packed with fun events for you and your family. For the past two years, my family has came to USC on Saturday for game day and stayed until Sunday. Don’t be fooled, those two days …

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 …

Back to school? Back to the grind!!!

Loic Alini Aerospace and Mechanical, Apartment, Food, Home Life, Housing, Loic, Suite, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

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 …

My Senior Year To-Do List

Yingyu Sun Food, Free Time, Hikes, Involvement, Sports, Yingyu Leave a Comment

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 …

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 …

Can you be a vegan in college?

Cami Amein Cami, Food, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

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 ...

Adventure is Out There: Exploring LA as a Midwesterner

Miles Kay Beach, Best of LA, Food, Free Time, Hikes, Miles, Museums, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

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 …