Wrapping up my last fall semester!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Thanksgiving break is a much needed rest from classes and there’s just something special about coming back to campus getting ready for the holidays. It’s still amazing to me that this is my last fall semester here. Here are some random thoughts about how my semester was and things I learned! The …

Why I Chose Computer Science

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I remember right around this time four years ago I was also applying to colleges and thinking “What in the world am I going to study?” As a high school senior, making decisions about the future was daunting! Here are my thoughts on choosing your major that can hopefully help you out! A little bit of background: In high school, …

Mastering the Application Process

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The reality that senior year is almost halfway over is really sinking in. These past few weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time talking to friends about applying to grad school and full-time jobs, and it reminds me a lot of when I was applying to colleges. I know it’s always a stressful time, but here’s what I’ve learned about …

My Senior Year To-Do List

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I still catch myself stumbling over my words when I tell someone “oh yeah, I’m a senior!” Senior year is officially here and we are back on the grind. These first few weeks have already flown by so quickly, with classes, involvement fairs, and catching up with friends. This semester, I’m taking two grad classes, since I’m pursuing my Masters …

My Last Internship at Slack! What’s next?

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Highlights of summer 2018: enjoying a nice 60 degree summer, spending more on brunch and boba than I should have, interning at an amazing company (plus a trip to Six Flags!), and getting my first full-time job offer!! This summer, I was back at Slack in San Francisco for the second time, working as an engineering intern. I was back …

Coming soon… Senior year?!

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It’s crazy to think that I am done with my junior year! The end of the year always ends in a flurry of events and scrambling to study for finals. Now that it’s over, I’m taking a deep breath and looking back at some of my favorite moments that I want to share with you: One of my favorite events …

What can I do with my computer science degree?

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Hey everyone! Today I started interviewing candidates for a Project Manager position for Code the Change, a student organization that builds software products for non-profits in LA. It inspired me to discuss some myths about majoring in computer science and possible career paths that you might not have known existed for CS majors. First, I want to start of by …

What’s it like working at a startup?

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Happy day before spring break! Before I head out to Lake Tahoe for the weekend, I wanted to share some thoughts about an incredibly hot topic. Startups have been all the rage recently, as we can definitely see in that all-too-relevant meme: “Hey I have a startup idea, can you handle the development? I’ll handle the business side.” Especially being …

It’s Happening! AthenaHacks 2018

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While it might be midterm season for some… it’s AthenaHacks season for me! (Just kidding, databases midterm on Monday!) Months and months of planning have led up to these 24 hours. This weekend, I’m running AthenaHacks, which is an all-female hackathon hosted here at USC! Last year, a couple of friends and I co-founded AthenaHacks, so it’s only our second …

Engineering the future: Where tech meets social good

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Hey guys! As usual, happy Friday! Midterm season is over and it’s finally feeling like fall here and I couldn’t be more excited. If you’re wondering what engineering students are doing now that they don’t have exams to study for, I have some cool news for you! Being an engineering student isn’t all about the homework assignments and the exams …

Getting over midterms: LA style

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Happy Friday!! If you’re anything like me, you’ve been looking forward to the weekend since Monday. Now that midterm season is winding down, it’s about time we spend some time getting some well-deserved rest! So what does a weekend in LA look like? For me, three things: football, food and Downtown LA. Trojans will tell you fall semester is all …

“I’m not bossy, I’m the boss”: Takeaways from Grace Hopper

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It’s Friday, and my very first Grace Hopper experience is coming to an end! It’s been a hectic but brilliant week and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! For those of you who don’t know, the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is the world’s largest gathering of women in technology, produced annually by the Anita …

Redefining the “Lab”: Research in CS

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Interested in research but don’t know where to start? Here’s some perspective into what research in computer science looks like at Viterbi! When I was in high school, I thought doing research in a laboratory meant wearing gloves, goggles, and a lab coat while mastering your pipette technique. So when I was a college freshman and I heard people talk …

Back to School: College Edition

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To all the new Trojans, welcome to the family! You’re in for a wild and amazing ride for the next four years, and you couldn’t have picked a better school. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re feeling a mix of excitement and back-to-school jitters — that was me before my freshman year! With only a few weeks before classes start, …

Work Hard and Go Home: A Summer at Slack

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“Slack?” my mom asked me when I told her where I’d be interning for the summer. “What’s Slack?” Slack is one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies today, and a place where I’ve been fortunate enough to work for the past few months. At a company that values playfulness, empathy, and craftsmanship, I’ve been able to learn more about …