No Summer Internship? No Problem

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Service, Students, Study, summer, Viterbi Summer, Work Leave a Comment

These are really unprecedented times! I know I am not alone in having my academic and professional summer plans canceled, and with this, myself and many of my peers have had to get creative with the ways we are building our resumes this summer. It’s often thought that having a summer internship is key to a professionally successful summer, but …

Covid-19 and Cancelled Internships

Sheetal Madnani Chemical, Internship, Research, Sheetal, summer Leave a Comment

I awoke early in April, as many people have in the last two months, to the news that my summer internship had been canceled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Understandably, the first few days passed in a blur of panic and confusion, as this opportunity I had looked forward to since December was replaced with the fear of …

How Hard Are Engineering Classes?

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

It’s May 11, and I’m halfway through finals week of my junior year spring semester. Though I’ve been taking engineering classes since first semester freshman year, it’s clear that the classes I’m taking now are more specific, and definitely harder. But one question that has been on my mind from the moment I decided I wanted to major in engineering …

Top 10 USC Memories: Freshman to Senior Year

Madelyn Douglas Best of LA, Campus Events, Electrical, Free Time, Hikes, Involvement, Madelyn, Major, Professional & Academic, Research, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

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 …

I Will Never Complain about Three-hour Labs Again

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Campus Events, Dominie, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Research, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

As the last week of classes is underway, I think it’s an apropos time to reflect on this crazy semester. What began as a carefully planned year – MCAT date set for May 16, Edwards Lifesciences internship lined up for the summer – turned out to be the most uncertain and unsettling period of my life. So much for having …

Being a Woman in Engineering at USC

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Service, Social & Diversity, Students, Study, Why USC, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

With junior year coming to a close, I’ve started thinking back on all the things I was worried about when I was starting college, and how they impact me now. Being a woman entering a male dominated field was one of my top concerns when choosing a college to attend, and, looking back at my past three years, I couldn’t …

Why Chemical Engineering?

Sheetal Madnani Chemical, College Applications, Major, Sheetal, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

One of the hardest parts about entering college, going through orientation, and even deciding where to go to college, is choosing your major. But what people don’t often tell you is that once you enter college, that decision doesn’t just disappear: there will be times you question your choice of major, there will be times you change majors accordingly, and …

Registering for Classes: Freshman First Semester

Natalie Kistler Biomedical, Natalie K, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

I firmly believe that no matter how many times I have done it, registering for classes is a stressful experience. No scheduling experience is complete without those hours spent meticulously creating the perfect schedule and those next couple of hours spent stressing and watching it slip away as classes fill up or close. Scheduling, like most things in life, is …

Housing: How I Decided Where to Live

Mark Parent Civil and Environmental, Dorm, Housing, Mark, Suite, Uncategorized, Why USC Leave a Comment

Choosing a residence hall is a big decision for many first year students. A combination of nerves and excitement may leave you wondering what do other students prioritize when thinking about what building to live in. Here are some of the aspects that I considered when choosing my first year. The main three things that lead me to choosing a …

A Half Semester But A Full Heart

Sheetal Madnani Campus Events, Chemical, Involvement, Sheetal, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

I love doing semesterly recaps: be that through a witty end of semester Instagram post captioned with a pun that makes every one of my followers groan, by means of a blog post (like this one!), or in the context of an intense night of journaling. But I’ve never before had to try to reflect on a semester that was …

Bored at Home? Update on Online Classes!

Mark Parent Civil and Environmental, Free Time, Home Life, Major, Mark, Spring Break, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

It has been about a week since spring break and the university has switched to online classes for the remainder of the semester. Though I’m sad that the remainder of the semester is online, there are some benefits of being home! For starters, I get a full 9 hours of sleep every night and have been able to spend more …

AAEES and Other Major-Specific Organizations in Viterbi

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Students, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

I hope you’re all doing well, staying safe, and taking care of yourselves and others! Viterbi is all about community forming, and collaboration between students. This isn’t just something you hear as a prospective student, but an ideal that plays out in classrooms, study lounges, libraries, and all around campus. Especially now, being away from USC, I’ve started thinking more …

Why USC: Celebrating the 2 Year Anniversary of my Acceptance Letter

Natalie Kistler Biomedical, College Applications, Natalie K, Uncategorized, Why USC Leave a Comment

Two years ago today, I found out that I got into USC!! Although this was the day it all “began,” my decision was not made the minute I opened that envelope. With my extra time in quarantine, I wanted to share why I made one of the best decisions of my life and ultimately decided to attend USC. Unlike many …

Traveling With My Tastebuds

Natalie Kistler Biomedical, Food, Free Time, Home Life, Natalie K, Spring Break, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Hello from Kansas! One week, lots of emails, and some flight changes later, I am back home in Kansas City! Although the experience of leaving school and returning home has been chaotic, confusing, and disappointing, I am trying to make the best of the whole situation and be optimistic about the rest of the semester! Before I launch back into …

How I Found My Summer Internship!

Mark Parent Campus Events, Civil and Environmental, Internship, Mark, summer, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Why USC Leave a Comment

USC offers many resources when it comes to finding a summer internship or to have a job lined up after graduation. Between the Viterbi Career Center, Viterbi Career Fair, and company partnerships, there are tons of opportunities to go around; you just have to be looking! Every semester, the School of Engineering puts on a Career fair with over 180 …

So Classes Are Online… What Now?

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

Right now, USC is on its spring break, but with online classes until April 14 and the uncertainty whether or not this will extend until the end of the semester, it definitely does not feel like a normal spring break. Rather than spending time with friends, traveling to fun places, or relaxing at home, this spring break is being spent …