Looking Back @ AthenaHacks 2020

Lindsay Huang Involvement, Lindsay, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Earlier this month, I helped organize AthenaHacks 2020, USC’s all-female hackathon! Hackathons are 24-36 hour events where programmers (sometimes from all over the country) come together to collaboratively code and build projects. At the end of the event, many of these teams submit their projects to be judged. Winners often receive really cool prizes, from drones to sometimes even internships! …

171 Days Until Football

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One of the things that I will miss the most about being on USC’s physical campus is the spirit and school pride of the trojan family. As a USC Spiritleader this is one of my favorite things about school. Usually in the spring, I get the opportunity to support our Men’s Volleyball, Men’s Basketball, Men’s Baseball, Men’s Tennis, Women’s Lacrosse, …

Things I Already Miss About USC

Celeste Goodwin Campus Events, Celeste, Service, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

It’s been a crazy few weeks. Within the span of a few days, we went from testing out our online capabilities at USC to being online for the rest of the semester! As a senior, this has been particularly hard. A few of my friends left for spring break not knowing they wouldn’t come back for the rest of the …

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 …

BME + Hudson Clinic Volunteering/Shadowing!!

Natalie Kistler Biomedical, Natalie K, Service, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Coming into USC wanting to be both a biomedical engineering major and on the pre-med track, I was worried my coursework and involvements would become super one sided. Given the demands of an engineering curriculum, I was concerned that I wouldn’t have time to explore the medical field. While my curriculum and involvements do demand much of my time, I …

ASBME Makeathon: An Experience to Remember

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Campus Events, Design Teams, Dominie, Electrical, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Every February, the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering, the premier biomedical engineering student organization on campus, hosts an undergraduate medical device design competition called the Makeathon. 12 to 15 teams of four or five students have 30 hours to brainstorm, 3D model, and prototype a device that solves a real-world health challenge. In the past, the challenge has been proposed …

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

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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, …

Undergrad Research in Viterbi!

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Involvement, Major, Research, Students, Study, Why USC Leave a Comment

Spring semester is here! We’re almost done with week 4 of the semester, and it’s been great getting back into the swing of things, seeing friends again after winter break, and making new memories exploring LA. With every new semester, though, comes new challenges, new classes, and new projects to work on. At the end of this week, I’m presenting …

Minors: Unpacking the Myths

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As I begin my sixth semester here at USC, I find myself feeling secure for the first time in three years in the fact that I decided to pursue a minor outside of the Viterbi School of Engineering.  As someone who has always been interested in areas outside of engineering, from history to politics to philosophy, deciding to pursue engineering …

Grateful

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Happy last week of classes! This year, I stayed on campus instead of going home for Thanksgiving break, which gave me the opportunity to reflect on all the things I’m grateful for at this school: In all seriousness though, I think it’s really easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of deadlines, work and stress in college. Take some …

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 …

What I Wish I Knew Before the Internship Search

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Dominie, Internship, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Research, summer, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Work Leave a Comment

As a junior studying biomedical engineering, this fall semester was the first time I embarked on the internship hunt. Last summer, I decided to study abroad in Paris. If you checked out my blog about my Viterbi Overseas experience, you would know that it was one of the best decisions of my life. The summer after my freshman year, I …

Application Szn ~ College and Grad School Essay Tips

Madelyn Douglas College Applications, Life After Graduation, Madelyn, Professional & Academic, Study Leave a Comment

It was the start of Senior year, on a brisk August evening. I gulped in a deep breath of fresh air, and smiled at the colorfully polluted sky, carefree! Senior year of college. Finally free, ready to have a fun, responsibility-free semester—wait a second. OH, right, I decided to apply to grad school *cue reality check.* Dramatic introductions aside, applying …

Saturdays are for the Conference

Jacob Toney Chemical, Free Time, Involvement, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Research, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Once upon time in Orlando, Florida, a group of chemical engineers congregated to spread knowledge, socialize, and celebrate the joy that is being a chemical engineer. It’s a magical experience that this year, fittingly, took place next to the Magic Kingdom. All joking aside, the conference was tons of fun. This was my first time attending the national AIChE Student …

Viterbi Summer Overseas: Paris!

Mark Parent Abroad, Civil and Environmental, Involvement, Major, Mark, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

This past summer, I had the amazing opportunity to go on Viterbi Summer Overseas and spend 7 weeks studying in Paris, France. This program takes about 40 students every year to a different country in Europe and is open to all engineering majors. On the contrary to traditional study abroad, going abroad with the Viterbi Overseas program is a lot …

A SWEet Conference

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Internship, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Students, Study, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering, Work Leave a Comment

It’s conference season! From SHPE to AIChE, engineering students are leaving campus to attend national conferences featuring workshops, award ceremonies, and career fairs. Last week was the Society of Women Engineers’ (SWE) turn, and the national conference was held in Anaheim, California, boasting over 16,000 attendees, a gigantic career fair, and hundreds of workshops, all jam packed within the three …

SHPE-oween

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Halloween? Out. SHPE National? In! This year the SHPE National Convention took place in Phoenix, Arizona, starting officially on the spookiest day of the year, Halloween! SHPE National is the largest technical and career conference for Hispanics in STEM the country and it’s always a blast going with so many people from my chapter. This was my second time at …