Food in Los Angeles: A USC Student’s Guide to Off-Campus Eateries (Part 2)

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Welcome back to my five part blog series Food in Los Angeles! Last time, in Part 1, I detailed my parents’ weekend dinner with my mother, when we ventured into Los Angeles’ Arts District to try Wurstkuche (a German sausage restaurant) and the Pie Hole (a dessert place). If you are interested in those restaurants, check out my previous blog, …

USC, More Than an Engineering School

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Two years ago, at approximately this time, I sat in the same position as many high school seniors sit now. My mailbox began to fill with college admission decisions, and I, both excitedly and slightly anxiously, started the process of determining which university I would attend in the fall. After making multiple tables that used numerical scores to rank my …

Planning My Fraternity’s Philanthropy

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This semester, the president and executive board of my fraternity, Sigma Alpha Mu, appointed me vice-philanthropy chair. In high school, I had truly enjoyed participating in community service. I loved spending hours serving free coffee and donuts to travelers along Interstate 84 in Connecticut with my Boy Scout troop, and I eventually became an Eagle Scout with the completion of …

Lost in a Virtual World

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Every spring semester, towards the end of February, USC’s entire Viterbi school of engineering comes together to celebrate engineering in a spectacular week-long celebration known as E-Week. In honor of E-Week, I would like to celebrate my own achievements, and neat research, in the engineering world, particularly a research project I just started working on this semester. Over the past …

Update: Consulting for SpaceIL

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A few months ago, I introduced you all to USC TAMID, an Israeli consulting group here on campus (See my previous blog: USC TAMID: A Consulting Organization). At the time, I had just started consulting for SpaceIL, a non-profit Israeli space company working to put a rover on the moon to win the $20 million Google Lunar X-prize. As I …

Being a Rocket Scientist: Astronautical Engineering

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Dear high school senior, You have already applied, and maybe even already accepted, to USC and the prestigious Viterbi school of Engineering. You have expressed an interest in engineering, but what discipline? From aerospace engineering to biomedical engineering to civil engineering to computer science, Viterbi offers many roads to travel.

The Fun Never Ends: A Preview of Spring Semester 2014

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Welcome back! Without further ado, let the spring semester of 2014 commence. But before we get to the details of this semester, I wanted to speak briefly to my amazing winter break. I will write an entire blog about my vacation next week, but, for now, let the above header photo serve as my first hint. After a great break, …

USC: The Artsy Side

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Last Saturday, I attended a USC performance of Spring Awakening, a story of teenage angst amidst the changing culture of 1890’s Germany. At around 8 pm, my friend Jake and I crowded into a small, on-campus theatre right across from my physics lab and watched three of our good friends take the stage. The first, Elizabeth Weir, played a girl …

Hiking through Los Angeles

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Over spring break last year, I chose not to leave Los Angeles and instead decided to spend the week exploring the city in which I studied. My father flew out from California to join me and, using the Birnkrant┬áresidence hall as our home base, visited tourist sites throughout Los Angeles, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Beverly …

Food in Los Angeles: A USC Student’s Guide to Off-Campus Eateries (Part 1)

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Last weekend, my mother ventured across the country for USC’s parent’s weekend. Throughout the weekend, my mother and I had a great time walking all over campus and partaking in the football-related festivities. As a student though, the best part of parent’s weekend is the food. Why? Because on parent’s weekend, my mother spoils me and always takes me out …

McCarthy Quad: My Favorite Study Spot

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At USC, there are a variety of study spots. For the all-night studiers, there is Leavey Library. For the hungry studiers, there are the tables at the Tutor Campus Center. For the traditional-library studiers, there is Doheny Library. And for the engineering studiers, there is Salvatori Computing Lab. But for those studiers who also want to get a tan while …

On Becoming a Master Chef

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As a freshman, I really enjoyed USC’s dining halls. From Parkside to Cafe 84 to EVK, there was always a variety of options. If I was running late to my 8 am math discussion, I could quickly hop into EVK, pick up a coffee and some yogurt, and be on my way. If I had more time between classes, I …