Zooming Online

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As will come as a surprise to no one, the last few weeks have been among the strangest in my life. The COVID-19 outbreak has really wrought havoc on virtually all of my plans for the coming months. First, Coachella was postponed to the fall—it would’ve been my first time going, but okay, understandable. I’ll survive. Next, the last three …

A Crazy Last Two Weeks

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As you might have been able to guess from the title, the last two weeks for me have been a little crazy. The weekend before last, I drove with a group of friends up to Santa Barbara (something I also did last semester and, coincidentally, also made a blog post about), where one of them was from and whose house …

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, …

Winter in LA: Baby It’s (Not) Cold Outside

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This week marked the last week of classes for my fall semester as a sophomore here at USC. It’s a little bittersweet. This semester has been a rollercoaster for me—but a really fun one, like California Screamin’ or something. Going through my first experiences with applying to internships, classes getting more intense, and getting more involved in my organizations has …

Fall Break: Getting Out of LA!

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USC’s first ever Fall Break was a few weekends ago, and every student collectively breathed a huge sigh of relief—myself certainly included. My midterm schedule this semester has been both forgiving and unforgiving; although I’ve had no real heavy weeks of work, my tests have been spread out enough where I’ve had one or two almost every week throughout my …

Being Gay at USC

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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 …

Staying on Top of Things: Managing Coursework in College

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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 …