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

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

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 …

Where should I study???

Loic Alini Aerospace and Mechanical, Loic, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Now that I have been a college student for nearly two years, I think I have a solid understanding of the pros and cons of different study spaces. As an engineering student, a lot of time is spent with our noses down wrestling with tough concepts and long assignments. Early on, I was spending a lot of time in the …

Junior Year: Halfway There, Livin’ on a Prayer

Jacob Toney Chemical, Design Teams, Free Time, Involvement, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Sports, Students, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Hey everyone, and happy weekend. We’re 3 weeks into the semester now, so things are getting moving! While I’m still getting used to the idea of being a junior, and the fact that I’m officially halfway done with college now, I’m excited to see what the remaining 4 semesters hold. Between classes, extracurriculars, and everything else, I’ve got quite the …

My Top Five Favorite Study Spots On Campus

Alexandra Rennie Alex, Students, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

The college hustle and bustle makes it SUPER hard to study without having any distractions. As an engineer, I always find myself studying and doing homework; therefore, having good study spots have been crucial to my success here at USC. With that being said, here are my top five favorite spots to study on campus! Sometimes when the downstairs courtyard …

USC NSBE Takes On Detroit! – NSBE 45th Annual Conference

Mark Parent Civil and Environmental, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Why USC Leave a Comment

USC NSBE chapter at the national conference USC NSBE chapter at the national conference As a freshman, I am so grateful that I joined NSBE because it gives me the support system I need to excel in my academics. For those wondering, NSBE stands for the National Society of Black Engineers whose mission is to “to increase the number of …

A Very Google-y Summer

Luz Camacho Computer Science, Internship, Luz, Students, Women In Engineering, Work Leave a Comment

In a short but albeit it very adventurous undergraduate professional career, I’ve had the privilege of spending each of my internships in unique locations. This summer was no different and I found myself driving up the entire west coast up to Seattle where I spent the summer on VR/AR team in Google Seattle! While I can’t say too much about …

Best Summer of My Life: Study Abroad in Paris

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Dominie, Major, summer, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Why USC Leave a Comment

This past summer was probably the best summer of my entire life. I studied abroad in Paris through the Viterbi Overseas program! This program was unique because 40 students from Viterbi took classes that counted toward their major with professors from Viterbi. In other words, we were not affiliated with a university in Paris. It was just a small part …

My Biggest Takeaways From Freshman Year

Mahima Varanasi Computer Science, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

The photo above was taken by my mom on Move-In Day. I was so excited and eager to start college. I also learned so much for about college, outside of my classes. Just remember that it’s all a learning process and learning takes time! Here’s what I learned through my first year at USC. 1) College is hard. And that’s …

Why I Became A Trojan

Derek Jones Industrial and Systems, Major, Study, Why USC Leave a Comment

The college application and decision process is tough for everyone, and I was no exception. Actually, as probably one of the most indecisive people I know, I had a really tough time even narrowing a list of colleges at first, not to mention choosing a major to apply to at each. For the longest time, I wasn’t even sure whether …

My Experience Taking a Class about Street Gangs

Natalie Kistler Biomedical, Natalie, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Registering for classes is a stressful experience. For me, this involves trying to juggle required classes, long labs, and rate my professor reviews to piece together the perfect schedule while simultaneously biting my nails as the open spots in my preferred classes fill up. In addition to the required classes, USC students get the unique opportunity to take general education …

A Freshman Reflection

Nick Bortolon Aerospace and Mechanical, Free Time, Involvement, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I cannot believe my second year as a USC student has finally begun! Although I’ve nearly completed 41 units, 12 classes, and over ¼ of my undergraduate career, it feels like it’s gone by in the blink of an eye. The purpose of this blog post is not to tell you step-by-step about my experience as a student last year. …

Why USC?

Paul Lepe Computer Science, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

Admitted Student Day was great! Admitted Student Day was great! From the very beginning, while applying to colleges I knew I wanted to come to the West Coast, not because of the West Coast Fever, but because I was born in Baja California, Mexico. I moved to El Paso, TX when I was twelve years old, meaning I still have …

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Empowering Women at Hackathons: AthenaHacks 2019

Lindsay Huan Computer Science, Involvement, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Happy AthenaHacks 2019! For those who don’t know, AthenaHacks is USC’s all-female (trans and non-binary inclusive) hackathon. This year, it took place at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center from April 6-7. We had over 500 attendees and 74 total projects submitted! As the design lead for the hackathon, I’m responsible for event branding, creating swag and making the graphics for …

Choosing USC: Moving 7000 Miles Away

Sheetal Madnani Best of LA, Chemical, Involvement Leave a Comment

Coming from Guangzhou, China, halfway around the world, the most common question I got from my fellow students when I first came to USC was “Why?”. “Why move all the way to LA for college?” Moving so far away from home to study engineering was definitely a decision that I had to think through, but despite the difficulties of the …

Why I transferred

Rachel Glait College Applications, Electrical, Transfer, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

My first year and a half of college, I attended the University of Washington Seattle. I met some of the best friends of my life, and had some really awesome adventures. I’m from Seattle, so it was nice being close to home and seeing my family often, but something was missing. I always had a life-long dream of living in …

Solo Travel and Backpacking Southeast Asia

Miranda Jernberg Abroad, Chemical, Free Time, Miranda, Study, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

When my semester in Australia ended it was nearly July. I had watched all of my USC classmates get out of school a month earlier and was ready for summertime fun.I decided to take a solo backpacking trip through various countries in Southeast Asia. I was planning on travelling for four weeks with nothing but my backpack to places I …

1. A Gas Plant Operates at the Given Conditions (Assume Steady State)…

Jacob Toney Beach, Best of LA, Chemical, Free Time, Internship, Jacob, Major, summer, Viterbi Summer, Work Leave a Comment

Howdy everyone, and welcome back! Hope your past few months were full of fun and plenty of rest. This summer I had the opportunity to intern with California Resources Corporation, where I was working as a Facilities Engineering Intern at Elk Hills near Bakersfield, California, which was a great experience that let me see the field on a daily basis. …

Lessons From the World of Indie Games

Zachary Flores Computer Science, Internship, Video Games, Virtual Reality, Viterbi Summer, Why USC, Work, Zachary Leave a Comment

I can’t believe summer over and is school is starting back up already. I have a lot to look forward to this next semester, but before I start I thought it’d be good to reflect on the lessons that I learned from my internship making games this summer. I spent this summer working as a game engineer intern at independent …

A Summer to ReMEMber: Microelectronics, Drones, and Surfing

Miles Kay Aerospace and Mechanical, Beach, Best of LA, Hikes, Internship, Miles, Viterbi Summer, Work Leave a Comment

They say time flies when you’re having fun, and I think that’s exactly why this summer came and went to quickly! It’s hard to believe that in less than a week I’ll be starting my junior year (*screams because college is going too quickly*). This was an incredible summer, and I’m really excited to share what I was up to …