The Road to Senior Year

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I seriously cannot believe it is almost the end of my junior year! It’s definitely surreal watching the Viterbi seniors experience their multitude of “lasts” knowing that I will be in that place next year. For today I’ll share some awesome events I’ve attended that usually wrap up the semester each year. Going to these events reminded me how absolutely …

Your First Semester at USC: ENGR 102 Academy

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Your first semester at USC is a crazy one, but Freshmen Academy is here to help you! You might be wondering, “What is ENGR 102, and why do I have to take it?” ENGR 102 is known as Engineering Freshmen Academy, and it is a 2-unit course that aims to help you settle into USC during your first semester, see …

How My Marshall Courses Complement My Viterbi Courses

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As a Computer Science and Business Administration (CSBA) major, I take most of the courses in the Marshall School of Business that Business Administration majors take in addition to all of my courses in Viterbi. Today, I’d like to share the names of two of these courses and what I’ve learned from them that have enhanced my overall educational experience …

My Semester Experience in Pictures

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Happy Spring Break, everyone! I’m spending this week catching up on some well-deserved rest, but I’m also working hard on my research projects, which you can read about in my last blog post. We’re in the midst of college admissions season, and you might be deciding on where you want to spend the next chapter of your life. To make …

Designing Your Own Research at USC

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC

Hello, friends! First, let me start off by saying that if you haven’t read my recent post about how to obtain research at USC, you should go read that. This post will make much more sense after you have done so. So, my previous research post discussed how to find your own unique qualities you bring to the table in …

I Can’t Imagine Not Fighting On

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It’s true; I really can’t. Just three years ago, I stepped foot onto USC’s campus for the second time, having been admitted to USC. (See little Nat below.) This week I'm doing a Q&A on my experience with USC's application process, student life, and resources. Q: Why did you ultimately decide to attend USC? A: This is a photo from …

Research at USC: How to Get It, Keep It, and Be Rewarded By It

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Hello there, research hopefuls! If you are coming to USC interested in research, look no further than this How-To Guide! I’m in the research spirit right now: I’ve been meeting back-to-back with different research partners, comprehending papers on neural networks, and preparing to present some research at the AAAI conference next weekend. So let me splurge my secrets on how …

Best Workouts at USC and Setting Goals as an Engineer

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Happy New Year and new semester! The main goal I set for myself for spring 2018 is to get on a better fitness schedule. Since you all are probably starting your goals for the new year as well, I thought this would be a good chance to share some of my favorite workout places around USC and give tips on …

Neuroscience, Games, and Data in Dance

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

Many students coming to college for engineering want to know if it’s possible to take classes in other areas, or electives as we call them. My answer is always… YES! I wrote about an elective I took this semester, Future Cinema, during the middle of the semester, and I now want to write about two other electives I took as …

The Importance of Saying “Yes”

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I cannot believe this semester is almost over. That means that 5/8 of my time here is almost complete. WOW. Today I want to write about the importance of saying “yes” to stepping out of your comfort zone. If there is one piece of advice I can give to you at this point in my life, it’s that constantly pushing …

Cheers to the Volunteers

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

One of my favorite Audrey Hepburn quotes goes a little something like this: “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands–one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Audrey’s quote is a great summary of my experience at USC so far. Going through the college admissions process, picking a school, and starting my freshman year …

Experiencing the Trojan Family: A USC Education Reaches Beyond Your Coursework

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Today I want to write about some recent events I have been to (or put on myself) to show that a USC education isn’t just about attending classes, studying, and taking tests. In my opinion, it’s important to take advantage of these events. You may even make a connection for an internship or meet someone who is willing to help …

Future Cinema, Powerful Storytelling, and Superpowers

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This semester, I had some extra space in my schedule, so I decided to take an elective in the School of Cinematic Arts. Now that I’m a junior and have completed most of my core classes, I’m starting to dive into classes that are more specific to my interests. I am seriously loving my film school elective, Future Cinema (IML365). …

#ThroughHerEyes: From Elementary School to Viterbi

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One of my main role models, Melinda Gates, is asking girls in computer science to share their stories of how they got into computing with the hashtag #ThroughHerEyes. I thought I would share my story here with you all since a caption on social media can’t capture it fully. Here’s my story… As a child, I was fortunate that my …

Computer Science, Business, and Dance: How Viterbi is Helping Me Make Sense of My Passions

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Up until I entered USC, I thought of my two main passions, dance and computer science, as two separate entities. I have been programming since my sophomore year of high school, which led me to declare a major in Viterbi, and I have been dancing since I was three, so I picked up a minor in Kaufman to keep up …

No Fear in the New School Year

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I recently wrote a post where I gave 25 pieces of advice to incoming freshmen. Now that the start of the school year is getting closer, I thought I would share more advice that is relevant to the first few weeks of school for both incoming freshmen and returning students. Enjoy! Attend fun events during your first few weeks to …

List of Grace Hopper Scholarships for CS Girls

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Last October, I attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston, Texas. It was such a fun opportunity. I networked with representatives from some of the world’s top tech companies, attended seminars, and, best of all, met other girls in engineering. I think Grace Hopper is one of the best places for women to network and search …

Tales of a Food-Loving Engineer

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Sometimes, I plan my school days around food. For example… “Okay, so, after I grab my warm breakfast from RTH Café, I’ll go to SAL for office hours until I finish the second homework question. Then, I’ll skip over to Campus Center and have a pizza for lunch. Maybe I will get ice cream with a friend when classes are …

Exploring The Artistic Side of Engineering

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I love both technology and dance. As a student in both USC Viterbi and USC Kaufman, I have the best of both worlds. I get to study both of my passions on the same campus with some of the best professors and students in the world. Growing up, I have always used both sides of my brain. On the right …

25 Slices of Advice for Incoming Freshmen

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Dear incoming freshmen, Congratulations! I can’t wait to see you on campus soon. In celebration of you as you join the Trojan family, I’d like to share some of my greatest pieces of advice for freshmen. Most of these I learned (the hard way!) during my freshman year. So, I’d like to make your transition smoother with some pieces of …