Professor or Possible Best Friend !

Shuntaro Nishi Free Time, Involvement, Shuntaro, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer, Why USC

The other day in my student organization, we were having an ice breaker where we discussed our favorite class at USC. Even though my answer wasn’t technically at USC, Industrial Systems Engineering 460, Engineering Economy. The class offered very practical skills of taking costs and profits of a business to see if the company is justifiable for investment at the …

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 …

Viterbi Expo- My Most Asked Questions

Nathan Alvarez Aerospace and Mechanical, Campus Events, Free Time, Involvement, Major, Nathan, Research, Social & Diversity, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC

This past weekend was the Viterbi Student Expo, which was a chance for prospective students to come check out Viterbi and see what the school is like. As a VSA, my job was to lead groups on tours of various student labs. I answered countless questions throughout the day about my life as an engineering student at USC, so here …

Construction Management Association of America

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Civil and Environmental, Design Teams, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Plus

I joined the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) student chapter at USC this year! In CMAA, I am part of the Design-Build team where we train to complete Design-Build contracts. Every year we compete in SPARKS, a regional competition where we are given a problem statement the day of the competition. After 24 hours, we have to submit a …

FriendSHPE, LeaderSHPE… InternSHPE?

Vanessa Pangbourne Chemical, Internship, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Vanessa

Greetings friends!! How’s it going? I hope you’re doing well. Today I am here to tell you all about the SHPE National Conference that I attended last weekend because it was a wild time. First, you may be wondering, Vanessa, what is the SHPE National Conference? Let me tell you! SHPE is the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (read Camila’s …

Learning Through Hiking with Peaks and Professors!

Celeste Goodwin Best of LA, Biomedical, Celeste, Free Time, Hikes, Why USC

Last weekend I decided to take a break from my day-to-day campus activities and head off into the wilderness…of Pasadena, CA. I went on a hiking trip with one of my favorite clubs on campus, Peaks and Professors! The goal of this club is to take people out into nature and go hiking, while also encouraging dialogue between professors and …

How I Successfully Landed an Internship

Daniel Donchev Biomedical, Daniel, Internship, Major, Viterbi Summer, Work Leave a Comment

As a junior, one of my primary goals this semester was to secure an internship opportunity within the medical device industry so I could personally experience what the day to day life of a biomedical engineer entails. And I’m fortunate to say that I was able to achieve it- I’ll be an Operations Intern at Abbott Laboratories, a global healthcare …

I’m Tired: A Systematic Evaluation of 8:00AMs

Timothy Marino Chemical, Professional & Academic, Tim, Viterbi Class

This semester, I have four 8:00AM classes: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. I know what you’re all thinking: “Tim, we already know this – you mentioned this in your blog last month!” Though I know you all have been religiously keeping up with everything I’ve written to date, I’ll jog your memories by saying that at the time I wrote …

I “Study” Everywhere

Namita Prakash Namita, Study

Hey guys!! I can’t believe it’s already a week into November! Most of my friends are past the midterms-hump now and I’m T-2 days away from joining them! October was a great month, super busy, but also really fun. I, of course, spent a significant amount of time perfecting the art of procrastination. You know how it goes. You’ve got …

Truss us, we’re friends

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Desiree, Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life

Cheering on our team! Compared to some of the other engineering major classes, the civil engineering class of 2019 is relatively small with probably about 25-30 students- which can be a good or bad thing depending on who you ask. I’m one of those people who thinks it’s a good thing. I’ve gotten so used to having classes with the same …

Engineering the future: Where tech meets social good

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Design Teams, Professional & Academic, Service, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Yingyu

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 …

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

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

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 …

Mid-Semester Review

Camila Salomon Gnecco Camila, Civil and Environmental, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus

So we are in October, which means we’re about half way through the Fall semester. Right now, is a good time to look back and reflect on how the semester has been going. I find this helpful to see what has been working and how I can improve to finish strong. I’m studying Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Building …

Career Fairs, Internships, and Jobs. Oh My!

Celeste Goodwin Biomedical, Celeste, Internship, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC, Work

It’s October so what does that mean… interview season!! Yes it is also Halloween and fall and all of that fun stuff, but it’s also the time when Viterbi students start going through recruitment for jobs and internships. That may seem super early, because it is! Some companies interview in the fall and some interview in the spring, but in …

First Day on the Job

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Aerospace and Mechanical, Internship, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Ramiro

If you want to visit home for the summer, or just relax and vacation over summer but are worried that you need an internship to get that experience, then a co-op is a great route to go for! This is currently what I am doing, although hopefully I do continue on in the summer working. Today was my first day …

My Winter Break Plans

Siena Applebaum Abroad, Free Time, Siena, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs

Hey guys, exciting life update: I just found out that this winter break I officially will be traveling to Israel for 10 days with USC Hillel through Birthright! I had heard about Birthright at the beginning of my freshman year at USC and immediately decided that at some point in my 4 years here I had to participate. A couple …