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 …

What’s Your Plus? How Engineering Plus Sold Me on USC

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One of the reasons I was so attracted to USC during the college admissions process was Dean Yortsos’ concept of Engineering Plus . This concept aims to show that Viterbi engineers are not just engineers who do boring engineer things; we have so much more to offer in other talents like art, design, theater, and writing. In addition, Engineering Plus …

Why I Chose Computer Engineering

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I’ve been asked a quite a few times over my college career why I decided to go into my major, Computer Engineering. The question comes from everywhere, friends, family, fellow peers, and even professionals. So I thought it useful to finally sit down and take a moment to reflect on my major and what made me choose it begin with. …

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 …

Surviving Midterm Season

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The month of October marks a half point for the fall semester and the beginning of one of the most dreaded times for any college student: midterm season. For an engineering students in particular it can be stressful time since that usually involves reviewing massive amounts of material while the regular beats of student life, like assignments, clubs, and classes, …

Why USC?

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With college application season in full swing and the ominous decision of figuring out where you want to spend the next 4 years slowly creeping up, I wanted to share the reasons why I chose USC. If you would’ve asked me where I wanted to go 2 years ago, USC wouldn’t have even been on my potential list. I was …

Computer Engineering: A Look Into Year Two

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The start of a new year marks the start of a fresh set of classes and perspectives. With my major requirements for Computer Engineering changing slightly with the introduction of a new class, I think it might be useful to take a look what my course load looks like this year! I am taking five courses this semester, with two …

Volunteering for extra credit? It’s more likely than you think

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Over the Summer I taught at the CS@SC summer camp, teaching basic Computer Science concepts to middle school students through Scratch. The same professor that runs the camp annually is the professor for my software engineering class, CSCI 201. During one of the first lectures, he offered extra credit for signing up and teaching a mini course through USC’s Joint …

I’m Almost Done? Advice from a Senior

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Somehow, the last three years have come to a super-quick end, and I’m midway through the first semester of my senior year. I’ve always felt that fall semester is more difficult than spring – I’m just getting back from a nice, looong break from studying, and getting myself motivated to get back into the groove of managing homework, projects, and …

Dancing Queens: The 2018 SWE Social

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The 2018 SWE Social! An evening of being bused off to a surprise location in cocktail attire surrounded by other fellow SWE members ready to let their hair down in a night of fun and dancing! This year’s surprise location was at a venue Candela, a Mexican food restaurant which doubles as a dance club. SWE members had the entire …

The Technology Behind the Magic: My Internship at Disney

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This past summer was the best summer of my life, and there is no doubt about that. For the past year or so, I wondered what it would be like to work for Disney, a company that many of us grew up loving. For a while, I thought of Disney in terms of Disneyland and those beautiful animated movies like …

Making Games for Directed Research!

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For the upcoming year I will be working as an engineer for an Augmented Reality rhythm game called Beatcaster! It is one of seven games picked to be developed in the USC Advanced Games Project (AGP) through the School of Cinematic Arts for the entire year. Most seniors studying Computer Science (Games) choose to work on one of these projects …

Starting Sophomore Year

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Going into my second year at USC, I’ll admit that I wasn’t too thrilled to start classes again. Summer had been a nice break of responsibility, and I was suddenly going to put plunged back into the thick of it. Adding to this dread was the fact that I was taking a group of notoriously challenging classes: CS 201, CS …

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 …

A Summer of Engineering

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Summer time! Most students would associate the season with long, hot days, beaches, ice cream parties, and quality time with friends. While I have gotten my fair share of “under the summer sun” time throughout the summer break, most of my summer has been comprised of three things: work, work, work (thank you for giving me a beat to read …

What is Computer Science (Games)?

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Two of the most common responses I get when I tell people I’m majoring in Computer Science Games are 1) “Oh so you do game design?” and 2) “So you must really play a lot of games”. And while a decent answer to both of these questions is yes, it’s not what CS Games is really about. I thought I’d …

Three Cheers for the New and Improved Membership Banquet

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Every end of semester, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers puts on a typically small membership appreciation banquet as a thank you to its members, a cheer to the end of the semester, and as a way to recognize certain members in SHPE. These recognized members really embraced one of the five pillars of SHPE: academic development, professional development, chapter …

CSCI 104: Is It Really That Bad?

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If you’re a computer science student, you’re bound to have heard of the infamous CSCI 104: Data Structures and Algorithms class. And when hearing about this class, I’m sure you’ve often heard it related to ‘free-time killing’ and ‘life ruining’, but is it really that difficult? Going into my second semester at USC, I was quite nervous. Throughout my first …