No Summer Internship? No Problem

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Service, Students, Study, summer, Viterbi Summer, Work Leave a Comment

These are really unprecedented times! I know I am not alone in having my academic and professional summer plans canceled, and with this, myself and many of my peers have had to get creative with the ways we are building our resumes this summer. It’s often thought that having a summer internship is key to a professionally successful summer, but …

How Hard Are Engineering Classes?

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Students, Study, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

It’s May 11, and I’m halfway through finals week of my junior year spring semester. Though I’ve been taking engineering classes since first semester freshman year, it’s clear that the classes I’m taking now are more specific, and definitely harder. But one question that has been on my mind from the moment I decided I wanted to major in engineering …

Being a Woman in Engineering at USC

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Service, Social & Diversity, Students, Study, Why USC, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

With junior year coming to a close, I’ve started thinking back on all the things I was worried about when I was starting college, and how they impact me now. Being a woman entering a male dominated field was one of my top concerns when choosing a college to attend, and, looking back at my past three years, I couldn’t …

AAEES and Other Major-Specific Organizations in Viterbi

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Involvement, Life Outside Of Engineering, Major, Professional & Academic, Students, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

I hope you’re all doing well, staying safe, and taking care of yourselves and others! Viterbi is all about community forming, and collaboration between students. This isn’t just something you hear as a prospective student, but an ideal that plays out in classrooms, study lounges, libraries, and all around campus. Especially now, being away from USC, I’ve started thinking more …

So Classes Are Online… What Now?

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Home Life, Major, Spring Break, Students, Study, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

Right now, USC is on its spring break, but with online classes until April 14 and the uncertainty whether or not this will extend until the end of the semester, it definitely does not feel like a normal spring break. Rather than spending time with friends, traveling to fun places, or relaxing at home, this spring break is being spent …

Midterm Season and the 5 Ways I Deal with Stressing About It

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Major, Students, Study Leave a Comment

It’s week 6, and we’re officially over 1/3 through the semester! This means that the dreaded midterm season is upon us, with my first round of exams beginning this week! What does this mean? More long nights studying, less free time to be spontaneous around LA, and more anxiety and stress around campus. But, since this is my sixth semester …

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 …

USC, and the 10 Other Schools I Applied To

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I’m only a junior this year, so I’m not allowed to officially say I have senioritis, but as the semester draws to a close, it sure feels like I do. I’m sure many of you, as I was, are disappointed by how technically the senioritis can’t really kick in until after the application season is over, but don’t worry! You’re …

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 …

Going to College in LA: The Best 5 Things I’ve Done This Semester

Christina Najm Best of LA, Christina, Civil and Environmental, Life Outside Of Engineering, Music, Sports, Students, Study, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

The fall semester is halfway over! Midterm season is in full swing, teachers are starting to talk about final projects and papers, and Halloween is almost here! After living at USC and in downtown LA for over two years, I’ve learned a lot about all the exciting things to do off campus to get a break from school. This semester …

Engineering and Greek Life: The Ultimate System Balance

Christina Najm Christina, 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 …

Third Time’s the Charm? Why I Changed My Major (Twice!)

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Your major defines a lot about your college experience. The classes you take, the types of clubs you join, and the people you spend the most time around tend to relate back to your major in one way or another. Many undergraduates come into college knowing exactly what they want to major in, while many other students have no idea …