Being an RA is UnderRAted

Nathan Alvarez Dorm, Housing, Involvement, Nathan, Service, Work

My freshman year housing experience was awesome. I loved the easy access to my best friends’ rooms, my roommates were great, and finding study groups could not have been easier. I can’t imagine being happier than I was in my freshmen dorm- so now I’m doing it all over again, except as an RA. When my friends wanted to get …

10 (Super Fun) Differences Between High School and College

Celeste Goodwin Biomedical, Campus Events, Celeste, Dorm, Music, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Why USC Leave a Comment

Hey y’all. It’s the beginning of August, which means that school is almost back!! Target Back to School catalogs are coming in the mail and I’m very excited. Whether this means that you’re going into your junior/senior year of high school or you’re coming into the USC Class of 2021 (!!!), I wanted to share a few awesome differences between …

The Roommate Sitch: Is Going Random Really that Bad?

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You’ve been admitted to USC, you’ve picked out where you want to live, and you’re really excited to come here. There’s one problem though—you’ve no idea what’s up with all those Facebook roommate search groups. Do you need to find a roommate yourself? Will you be doomed to a terrible roommate if you allow USC’s housing system to do its magic? The …

BK4Life: The Best Residential College on Campus

Celeste Goodwin Biomedical, Celeste, Dorm, Housing, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

During the summer before I came to USC as a freshman, I was freaking out about where I was going to live. I watched every Youtube video, read every blog, and read the housing website seemingly hundreds of times. What I decided upon was Birnkrant, the honors dorm with a traditional dorm style. I now know that I definitely made …

Springing into a New Semester

Suveena Thanawala Computer Science, Dorm, Suveena, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

(Yes, I really did use that pun) As spring semester approaches and 2017 begins, I’m really excited to see what I’ve got in store. This semester, I’ll be taking EE 354 – Introduction to Digital Circuits, CSCI 270 – Introduction to Algorithms and the Theory of Computing, a GE on Broadway, Aural Culture, and Weight Training. I’m excited for another …

Housing From Freshman to Senior Year

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Hi! This week I’m going to tell you a little bit about where I’ve lived throughout my time at USC.  I’ve done a little bit of everything in terms of housing from the traditional freshman dorm, to a large apartment with lots of roommates, to a smaller apartment.  I’ve really enjoyed all the places I’ve lived near campus, and I …

Freshman Dorms: Birnkrant

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Deciding where to live during your freshman year is a pretty tough choice, especially at USC. From on campus to off campus, USC has a lot of options, which makes that decision even harder. For me it came down to living in New North or Birnkrant. Ultimately, I chose to live in Birnkrant and I couldn’t have been happier with …

Hey MTV, Welcome to my Cribs

Shayna Goldberger Apartment, Dorm, Shayna Leave a Comment

I’ve done a lot of things in my time at USC, which unfortunately includes: moving. And a lot of it. Each year I’ve lived in a different place, and here’s my little summary of each one. Freshman Year: Dorm After getting into USC the first thing I did was put in my housing application for New/North aka the coolest freshman …

Junior Year… Here I come

Shana Douglass Athletics, Dorm, Housing, Music, Service, Shana, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Why USC Leave a Comment

  Now that summer’s over and school has begun *crying emoji* , I thought I’d share the top five things I’m looking forward to this upcoming school year. 1.New Crib My first two years of college, I lived in both on and off campus university housing (Marks Hall and Century Apartments). The thing I love about USC housing is that …

Birnkrant, My Home Away from Home

Suveena Thanawala Dorm, Housing, Suveena Leave a Comment

Between Leavey Library and EVK dining hall, Birnkrant Residential College stands eight stories tall. I first visited Birnkrant (or “BK,” as I have learned to love it) when I had visited USC for the first time as an admitted student, just six months before moving in. Birnkrant is the residential college that houses the university honors college – merit scholars …

Dining Hall Hacks

Suveena Thanawala Dorm, Food, Housing, Suveena, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Dining Halls – an essential part of most freshmen’s day-to-day lives. The three halls on campus are Everybody’s Kitchen (EVK), Parkside, and Café 84 differ in the kinds of food they serve: EVK’s food leans toward comfort food, whereas Parkside incorporates international flavors and is more allergen-conscious, and Café 84 has a variety of more health-conscious options. Each is located on different …

Top 6 Most Freshman Mistakes! #3 Will Blow Your Mind!

Michael Thorson Campus Events, Dorm, Michael, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

What better way to share some advice with incoming freshman than by recapping some of my and my friend’s biggest and most classic Freshman mistakes in a Buzzfeed-esque list: Leaving my dorm door closed on move in day On move in day, after a hot day of lugging around suitcases and perfectly setting up your dorm, you, if you’re anything …

Home is Where the Heart Is – Housing at USC

Madelina-2016 Apartment, Best of LA, Campus Events, Dorm, Housing, Madelina, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

Hi folks! Being abroad it is always nice to stop and reflect on just how great it is to be home – in the spirit of home I’d like to share with you a little about the places I’ve called home over the past couple years at USC as well as the current place I’ve just started calling home in …

My Freshman Dorm: New North

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Well, well, well. You’re probably checking out these pages because you got in and you’re trying to make your decision. What can I say about Freshman Housing? It was, without a doubt, a new experience for me. It was me, my roommate, and a couple hundred of our closest friends in one building. Usually one says ‘closest friends’ sarcastically, but …

Birnkrant “Eight Floors of Open Doors”

Maria Dorm, Housing, Maria, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

During my freshmen year, I lived in Birnkrant, a dorm-style housing option open to admitted students who have received a scholarship. Birnkrant is USC’s honors dorm. It is located on the “North” area of campus, adjacent to a dining hall (EVK), 24-hour Leavey Library, and actually has a Starbucks inside the building. #Birnkrant bc USC understands the Starbucks needs to …