Top 10 USC Memories: Freshman to Senior Year

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With my last classes of senior year finished, it took a lot of thinking for me to decide what my last blog posts would be about. Best ice cream stores in LA? A very important topic. Top articles on engineering ethics? Also worthwhile. But, I figured I would keep it simple and wallow in my senior-year nostalgic tears by blogging …

Best of ITP

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With just a few blogs left before I graduate (please, hold your tears… @myself), I want to make sure I leave some information about a program that is home to many of my favorite and most rewarding classes—Viterbi’s Information Technology Program (ITP). Providing more unique minors (i.e. Video Game Programming, Digital Forensics, Innovation, Mobile App Dev, iOT Devices) than the …

Reflections on an Early End to Senior Year

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As someone who always processes things at least a month late, I am now getting hit by huge waves of nostalgia for my lost month and a half of second semester senior year. While thinking about all the friends I didn’t get to hang out with one last time, the projects I wish I was able to complete, and the …

Relieving Stress ASAP!

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College can be stressful on its own, but especially requires stress-relieving habits each day in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. As humans, we naturally do not respond well to uncertainty and change, and not knowing what will happen in the next few months paired with major lifestyle changes takes a lot of adjusting to. While I spend the next …

Goodbye Comfort Zone, Hello Songwriting!

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As someone who has spent over 85,000 minutes listening to music last year (thanks, Spotify wrapped), I’ve been hoping to at least attempt making music at some point in my life. Knowing myself realistically, I have a hard time making time for projects like creating a song outside of classes. The solution? Force yourself to enroll in songwriting at USC’s …

4 Years Later: Why USC Then, and Why USC Now

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Then As a high school senior, I explored a variety of schools to figure out what I was looking for in my college experience. With my passion for math and science in mind, and hoping to leave the east coast chill behind for California, one of my first college tours was Caltech. This was a turning point in my college …

The Perfect Schedule

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So far, one of my favorite parts about being a second semester senior is FINALLY having the first choice for all my classes. This semester has brought the most exciting lectures yet because OHMYGOSHILOVEALLMYCLASSES which can be a rare thing when you’re anxiously awaiting a registration date while all the good GE spots fill up (aww, freshman year memories). Behold, …

My Winter Break Traditions

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FINAL-ly, the end of finals! Winter break always marks the chance for a fresh start with new classes, and gives me a few precious weeks to relax, recharge, and focus on friends and family (and new trashy Netflix shows). Over my winter breaks, I split time up between the various places I consider home: first, I spend time with my …

Five Things to Do During Finals that Aren’t Studying

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It’s the most wonderful ~stressful~ time of the year… finals can be intense, especially if you stay locked up in your room for 14 hours a day without seeing sunlight (been there, done that, don’t do it). Remember, diamonds are made under pressure, and sometimes your best studying and work can get done in between breaks of fun, stress-relieving activities! …

No Ordinary Nature Blog: LA’s Best Natural Disasters

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While you probably can google “LA nature” and find lots of photos of Griffith Park, Joshua Tree, Santa Monica, or any other nearby relaxing hike and beach locations, I’m here for those of you looking for a more ~chaotic~ take! This semester, I’m taking one of my Thematic Option classes, CORE 103: “Predicting Disaster: The Applied Science of Seismology”, on …

Application Szn ~ College and Grad School Essay Tips

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It was the start of Senior year, on a brisk August evening. I gulped in a deep breath of fresh air, and smiled at the colorfully polluted sky, carefree! Senior year of college. Finally free, ready to have a fun, responsibility-free semester—wait a second. OH, right, I decided to apply to grad school *cue reality check.* Dramatic introductions aside, applying …

The REAL Guide to LA Study Cafés

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If you are a yelp maniac like me, then you may have spent more than a few wasted hours looking at “top 10 study cafes near you” and many, many, many similarly titled pages. Sadly, the automated selection of popular LA cafes just isn’t sufficient for a college student seeking various criteria for a great study café (open until 2am? …

Never Too Late: Finding Your Passion as a College Student

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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 …

Storytelling as an Engineer

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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 …

USC is Music to My Ears

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One of my biggest fears applying to engineering schools was that I would lose my love for music and performance.  In high school, I spent about five hours a day certain times of the year in theatre and dance rehearsals, and played piano often at home on the weekends.  Many high school students have heard of the ominous “Sleep-Social Life-Schoolwork” …