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 …

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 …

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 …

Housing: How I Decided Where to Live

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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 …

Bored at Home? Update on Online Classes!

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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 …

How I Found My Summer Internship!

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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 …

Why USC: Benefits of Being a Trojan

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Choosing a college is a monumental life decision, where you essentially choose where you’re going to spend the next 4 years of your life, not to mention your lifelong friend group. Many of you are patiently awaiting your admissions letters in the mail and if USC was not your dream school (believe me it wasn’t mine either), you’re probably wondering …

Midterm Season and the 5 Ways I Deal with Stressing About It

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

It’s week 6, and we’re officially over 1/3 through the semester! This means that the dreaded midterm season is upon us, with my first round of exams beginning this week! What does this mean? More long nights studying, less free time to be spontaneous around LA, and more anxiety and stress around campus. But, since this is my sixth semester …

Undergrad Research in Viterbi!

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Involvement, Major, Research, Students, Study, Why USC Leave a Comment

Spring semester is here! We’re almost done with week 4 of the semester, and it’s been great getting back into the swing of things, seeing friends again after winter break, and making new memories exploring LA. With every new semester, though, comes new challenges, new classes, and new projects to work on. At the end of this week, I’m presenting …

USC, and the 10 Other Schools I Applied To

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I’m only a junior this year, so I’m not allowed to officially say I have senioritis, but as the semester draws to a close, it sure feels like I do. I’m sure many of you, as I was, are disappointed by how technically the senioritis can’t really kick in until after the application season is over, but don’t worry! You’re …

Viterbi Summer Overseas: Paris!

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This past summer, I had the amazing opportunity to go on Viterbi Summer Overseas and spend 7 weeks studying in Paris, France. This program takes about 40 students every year to a different country in Europe and is open to all engineering majors. On the contrary to traditional study abroad, going abroad with the Viterbi Overseas program is a lot …

A SWEet Conference

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Internship, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Students, Study, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering, Work Leave a Comment

It’s conference season! From SHPE to AIChE, engineering students are leaving campus to attend national conferences featuring workshops, award ceremonies, and career fairs. Last week was the Society of Women Engineers’ (SWE) turn, and the national conference was held in Anaheim, California, boasting over 16,000 attendees, a gigantic career fair, and hundreds of workshops, all jam packed within the three …

My First Fall Break at USC

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This year, USC decided to implement fall break like many other universities on the east coast to give students a well-deserved break from schoolwork. This allows students time to relax and take their mind off of school in the middle of the semester. The Engemann Student Health Center had taken data from prior years which showed a need for a …

Building Science Studio Final Project (Junior Year)

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One of my favorite classes so far has been my junior year Building Science Studio. For one year, we had to ability to develop and produce our own project. The only instructions were: design a school. Everything else was up to us! Naturally, everyone starts to focus on their own interests. There is only 7 people in the class but …

Going to College in LA: The Best 5 Things I’ve Done This Semester

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The fall semester is halfway over! Midterm season is in full swing, teachers are starting to talk about final projects and papers, and Halloween is almost here! After living at USC and in downtown LA for over two years, I’ve learned a lot about all the exciting things to do off campus to get a break from school. This semester …