Being Gay at USC

Derek Jones Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

When I first arrived at USC, no one in the world knew that I was gay. It was a really strange period in my life; towards the end of my senior year, I went through a lot of introspection, and gradually worked towards being comfortable with my sexuality. It was a really strange position to be in, coming to realize …

Viterbi Summer Institute, APPLY!

Mark Parent Beach, Best of LA, Campus Events, Civil and Environmental, College Applications, Dorm, Food, Involvement, Major, 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 …

USC Has An Island Campus?!

Alexandra Rennie Alex, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Students, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

How many college kids can say that the university they attend has a campus on an island. Well if you go to USC you can! About 26 miles off of the coast of California, Catalina Island houses the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies. The mission of this institute is “to encourage responsible and creative decisions in society by providing …

Organizing the Western Regional Conference: An American Institute of Chemical Engineers Event!

Sheetal Madnani Campus Events, Chemical, Professional & Academic Leave a Comment

Last month, I had the incredible opportunity to staff a conference of chemical engineering undergraduates held here at USC, where over 300 students from universities across California, Nevada, and Arizona, gathered here in sunny LA to engage in academic competitions, network professionally, and attend career workshops. This event was organized by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) chapter here …

Never Too Late: Finding Your Passion as a College Student

Madelyn Douglas Computer Science, Electrical, Internship, Major, Professional & Academic, Study, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

An alternate title for this article could be “Yes, I Changed My Major Junior Year and Will Graduate on Time”, but I’ll get into that later.  Sometimes it can seem like everyone has it together in college, with their dream job at their dream company and a major taking them along that path.  Well, believe me, many of us start …

Engineering and Greek Life: The Ultimate System Balance

Christina Najm Free Time, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Students, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

If you told me three years ago that I’d be heavily involved in a sorority in college, I would’ve said you were crazy. Yet here I am, in my junior year at USC and second term as vice president of Alpha Omega Epsilon, the science and engineering professional and social sorority in the Viterbi School of Engineering. In my freshman …

An AIChE Breaky Semester

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

Happy Thursday folks! It’s another month, another blog, and another day in the life of a Viterbi student. The days have certainly been getting busier lately, with classes picking up and recruitment season starting, so stay tuned for more updates on that. In the meantime, however, the main event I’ve been looking forward to this semester is attending the annual …

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, 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 …

Staying on Top of Things: Managing Coursework in College

Derek Jones Free Time, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Life at a high-achieving school like USC, not surprisingly, has its ups and downs in terms of stress, time management, and fun. There are days where my workload seems insurmountable, and others where I feel totally in control. If you want to manage all this without making yourself stir-crazy, the key is to minimize these fluctuations. Sometimes it’s a bit …

A Study Break Across the Pond

Celeste Goodwin Celeste, Entrepreneurship, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

I started this semester strong… by skipping class for two weeks! I’m not just on vacation though! I am in London for the Global Grand Challenges Summit hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering. I have the amazing opportunity to attend the summit because of some work I have been doing with my entrepreneurship team, Marlink. Marlink is composed of …

Storytelling as an Engineer

Madelyn Douglas Campus Events, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

In my opinion, one of the most important—and underrated—parts of engineering is actually storytelling.  Engineered technologies such as social media, cinema, and VR tell powerful stories; moreover, I believe that engineers of any field can greatly benefit from harnessing the power of storytelling to communicate and contemplate ideas about new technologies of all kinds.  For me, USC’s writing education is …

Junior Year: Halfway There, Livin’ on a Prayer

Jacob Toney Chemical, Design Teams, Free Time, Involvement, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Sports, Students, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Hey everyone, and happy weekend. We’re 3 weeks into the semester now, so things are getting moving! While I’m still getting used to the idea of being a junior, and the fact that I’m officially halfway done with college now, I’m excited to see what the remaining 4 semesters hold. Between classes, extracurriculars, and everything else, I’ve got quite the …

USC NSBE Takes On Detroit! – NSBE 45th Annual Conference

Mark Parent Civil and Environmental, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Why USC Leave a Comment

USC NSBE chapter at the national conference USC NSBE chapter at the national conference As a freshman, I am so grateful that I joined NSBE because it gives me the support system I need to excel in my academics. For those wondering, NSBE stands for the National Society of Black Engineers whose mission is to “to increase the number of …

A Freshman Reflection

Nick Bortolon Aerospace and Mechanical, Free Time, Involvement, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I cannot believe my second year as a USC student has finally begun! Although I’ve nearly completed 41 units, 12 classes, and over ¼ of my undergraduate career, it feels like it’s gone by in the blink of an eye. The purpose of this blog post is not to tell you step-by-step about my experience as a student last year. …

Wake Up It’s Gameday!

Miles Kay Campus Events, Free Time, Involvement, Miles, Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit Leave a Comment

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…football season! For me, fall semester is synonymous with football. You can’t beat gamedays: tailgating with friends, screaming the USC Fight Song, and the palpable electricity when the Trojans score a touchdown are enough to make me wish we had a home game every weekend. One of the student organizations that I’m a …

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Empowering Women at Hackathons: AthenaHacks 2019

Lindsay Huang Computer Science, Involvement, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Happy AthenaHacks 2019! For those who don’t know, AthenaHacks is USC’s all-female (trans and non-binary inclusive) hackathon. This year, it took place at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center from April 6-7. We had over 500 attendees and 74 total projects submitted! As the design lead for the hackathon, I’m responsible for event branding, creating swag and making the graphics for …

Choosing USC: Moving 7000 Miles Away

Sheetal Madnani Best of LA, Chemical, Involvement Leave a Comment

Coming from Guangzhou, China, halfway around the world, the most common question I got from my fellow students when I first came to USC was “Why?”. “Why move all the way to LA for college?” Moving so far away from home to study engineering was definitely a decision that I had to think through, but despite the difficulties of the …

Intel Inside? Trojan Outside 🤠

Loic Alini Internship, Loic, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Summer, Work Leave a Comment

For me, this summer was a roller coaster of learning, hard work, professional growth, but most importantly personal growth. I had the privilege of working for Intel and it made for an exciting couple of months! I got to work in the Technology Development division of Intel at their manufacturing site in Hillsboro Oregon. Their Oregon site employs tens of …