Why USC: Benefits of Being a Trojan

Mark Parent Abroad, Beach, Best of LA, Civil and Environmental, Design Teams, Free Time, Mark, Music, Students, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Why USC Leave a Comment

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 …

A Love Letter to my SI Leaders

Natalie Kistler Biomedical, Natalie K, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and “love is in the air”. Target in the village is stocked full of candy and it’s hard not to notice a slightly different vibe on campus. It’s only fitting that I harness this energy and write a love letter to someone special, in fact many special people: my SI leaders, aka the people of your …

The Perfect Schedule

Madelyn Douglas Electrical, Madelyn, Major, Music, Research, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class Leave a Comment

So far, one of my favorite parts about being a second semester senior is FINALLY having the first choice for all my classes. This semester has brought the most exciting lectures yet because OHMYGOSHILOVEALLMYCLASSES which can be a rare thing when you’re anxiously awaiting a registration date while all the good GE spots fill up (aww, freshman year memories). Behold, …

Why I am BME and Pre-med

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Dominie, Major, Research, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Whenever I tell people that I am both a biomedical engineering and pre-medical student, they look at me like I’m absolutely crazy. Which, maybe I am… The next question I get is why? The answer to this question is extremely nuanced, and before I go into my story, I want to share the different perspectives and profiles of BME/pre-med students …

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 …

Minors: Unpacking the Myths

Sheetal Madnani Chemical, Professional & Academic, Sheetal, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

As I begin my sixth semester here at USC, I find myself feeling secure for the first time in three years in the fact that I decided to pursue a minor outside of the Viterbi School of Engineering.  As someone who has always been interested in areas outside of engineering, from history to politics to philosophy, deciding to pursue engineering …

Home Sweet Mahomes: The Kansas City Chiefs are going to the Super Bowl!!!!

Natalie Kistler Biomedical, Free Time, Natalie K, Sports, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

How ‘bout those Chiefs!  The day I have quite literally been waiting for my entire life is about to come this Sunday.  After fifty years, the Kansas City Chiefs are playing in the Superbowl!!! WOW! There are few things I love more in life than football, especially Chiefs football. In fact, my love for football was a major factor in …

When Humanities + Engineering Classes Overlap

Lindsay Huang Computer Science, Lindsay, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

As a computer science student, the majority of my classes are understandably very math heavy. When I do take other classes—such as thematic option or general education ones—they’re often completely unrelated to my technical courses (which is a pretty nice break!). Last semester though, I took CORE 104, a thematic option class centered around political philosophy. We read Karl Marx, …

3 Goals for My Last Semester at USC

Celeste Goodwin Aerospace and Mechanical, Best of LA, Celeste, Food, Life After Graduation, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

I can’t believe I am a last semester senior!!! I will be graduating with my degree in Mechanical Engineering this May 2020, so this Spring is my final semester at USC. I am both super excited and super sad about leaving USC! In August I will be starting my job at Microsoft as a Program Manager in the Devices organization, …

Do Engineering Students Have a Life?

Nick Bortolon Aerospace and Mechanical, Best of LA, Free Time, Nick, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

We’ve all heard the chiche: engineering students are too busy studying so they don’t have any time to go and have fun. Does this hold any truth? Absolutely not. If you look on any Viterbi publication, you might have seen the term “Engineering Plus” which refers to the idea of engineering students being more than just… well… engineering students. This …

Can Christmas Happen in College?

Natalie Kistler Best of LA, Biomedical, Free Time, Natalie K Leave a Comment

After Thanksgiving, Christmas hits campus in a flurry as students scramble to fit a whole month of holiday cheer into the final 2 weeks of school. Trying to find the holiday spirit amidst the whirlwind of papers, projects, and finals can be difficult, especially considering that the 70 degree “Cali weather” in December doesn’t exactly signal Santa’s coming like it …

What I Wish I Knew Before the Internship Search

Dominie Miyasato Biomedical, Dominie, Internship, Involvement, Major, Professional & Academic, Research, summer, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Summer, Work Leave a Comment

As a junior studying biomedical engineering, this fall semester was the first time I embarked on the internship hunt. Last summer, I decided to study abroad in Paris. If you checked out my blog about my Viterbi Overseas experience, you would know that it was one of the best decisions of my life. The summer after my freshman year, I …

USC, and the 10 Other Schools I Applied To

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, College Applications, Students, Study, Why USC Leave a Comment

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 …

Navigating College Admissions as an International Student

Sheetal Madnani Chemical, College Applications, Sheetal, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

First off, take a deep breath.  It will all work out the way it is supposed to. That’s perhaps the most frustrating advice I received during my college admissions process, but having come out the other side, I finally understand why it really is the most important piece of advice. College admissions are rough, and there are no two ways …

Saturdays are for the Conference

Jacob Toney Chemical, Free Time, Involvement, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Research, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Once upon time in Orlando, Florida, a group of chemical engineers congregated to spread knowledge, socialize, and celebrate the joy that is being a chemical engineer. It’s a magical experience that this year, fittingly, took place next to the Magic Kingdom. All joking aside, the conference was tons of fun. This was my first time attending the national AIChE Student …

Viterbi Summer Overseas: Paris!

Mark Parent Abroad, Civil and Environmental, Involvement, Major, Mark, Students, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

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 …