Michelson Center: Research, Kitchens, and More!

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In addition to the USC village, the Michelson Center for Convergent Biosciences opened my freshman year! Again, the timing for me to attend USC could not have been better. The purpose of the Michelson Center is to provide a space for researchers of different specialties to come together and collaborate on tackling the most pressing health challenges of our era. …

CSCI 104: Is It Really That Bad?

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If you’re a computer science student, you’re bound to have heard of the infamous CSCI 104: Data Structures and Algorithms class. And when hearing about this class, I’m sure you’ve often heard it related to ‘free-time killing’ and ‘life ruining’, but is it really that difficult? Going into my second semester at USC, I was quite nervous. Throughout my first …

Parents Weekend, You Won’t Be Embarrassed

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One of the toughest (toughest for me) parts about going to college is moving away from family. Whether it is 15 miles or 1500, the independence you must acquire in college is sometimes difficult to grasp. My family is my support system, and I owe everything I am today to them and especially to my parents for raising me. With …

Hacking Your College Packing

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You got into USC! Now what? After you Instagram your #IGotIntoUSC photo, I recommend making a packing list. To help get you started, here’s the one I used when I moved into Marks Tower last year. Planning ahead helped me avoid the long lines in the USC Village Target during move-in week. Check it out below! Make whatever changes you …

Adventure is Out There: Exploring LA as a Midwesterner

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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 …

Hello World! A Quick “What to Expect” for your Second Semester as a CECS or CS Student!

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Second semester freshman year can be very different from first semester for many Computer Science or Computer Engineering majors. Not only will you be taking two big, major specific classes, most CS or CECS students choose to pair these with other stem courses, such as math or life sciences. This semester can be a little scary for anyone who is …

The Career Fair: Is It Worth It?

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For freshmen, there are few topics as polarizing as opinions on the career fair. Some students are eager for the chance to talk to recruiters and try to secure a summer position; others say it’s a waste of time, and no companies are willing to hire freshman interns. From upperclassmen, we hear the same divided perspectives, leaving many of us …

Soccer Coaching, Spanish, and Unique Perspectives

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An advantage of USC is that there are so many organizations outside of those affiliated with Viterbi to get involved in. One of the most grounding and memorable experiences of my freshmen year was coaching for the Trojan Youth Soccer League. My co-coach, a fellow freshman, and I had a team of 12 kids ages seven to nine. We had …

On the Airwaves at 1560 AM

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(And online at kxsc.org/listen) Hey Everyone! One of my favorite involvements on campus isn’t a part of Viterbi at all! Last fall I joined the student run radio station, KXSC Los Angeles. Going into college, I decided that I no longer wanted to continue marching band after high school, but I knew I wanted to find a way pursue music. …

My Four Legged Brother

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Society is not lying when we deem dogs as a man’s best friend. When my older brother shipped out to school, I wrote countless speeches and made presentations to my parents on why we needed a dog. After an unrelentless effort, I finally succeeded. On February 1, 2015, I met my best friend, Midas Dexter Douglass. The whole story that …

Gamedays: The Tradition That Unites Us All

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Waking up bright and early on a Saturday to the fight song being played, everyone at USC knows what day it is: gameday. You can be from America or abroad, a Viterbi student or a Thornton professor, a sports enthusiast or an avid reader, a current student or a Trojan alumni, everyone in the Trojan family knows what a Saturday …

Calm, Cool, and Collected: Making Free Time in College

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I’m an engineering student. It’s fair to say that most of my time is spent in class, doing homework, or studying for those classes. Sprinkle in a few extracurricular activities, trips to the gym, group meetings, research team meetings, and free time becomes your most limited resource. I think all of us know that mental health is important, we just …

One Year Down: Reflecting on Freshman Year

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Hogwarts robes or convocation attire?  The Workload In high school, my teachers often told me that I’d enter college more than prepared to handle the work required to maintain good grades. As such, I came to school confident that I’d be able to finish all my assignments with no problems and easily earn high marks on papers and exams. Within …

USC Housing: My Experience in Pardee Tower

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For many incoming freshmen, dorming at USC will be your first real opportunity to live on your own and, for many, this opportunity will take you pretty far from home, across cities, state lines, or sometimes even oceans. So finding a place where one would feel the most comfortable can be integral to making the most of this experience. Since …

My Transition from High School to College

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Before I got to college, everyone adult told me the transition to college will be a difficult path full of challenges and triumphs. I did not know what they meant, but as freshman year went by, I slowly realized the extent of their warning, freshman year kicked me in the ass! I remember when I first moved in, I was …