Classes, rugby, research, and everything in between

Zach-2014 Research, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

As I write this post anxiously anticipating the upcoming Weeknder, I’m realizing how pumped I am for the upcoming semester. All of my classes and extracurriculars are shaping up to create a busy, challenging, and exciting experience for me over the upcoming months. Let’s go over a few of the items I’ve got on my plate for Fall ’12. Classes: …

10 Observations From Abroad

Zach Abroad, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

For background, I’m spending the summer traveling through Europe. I’ve been there a week now and here’s a list of some of the things I’ve noticed. 1. USC gear gets noticed So far we have been stopped in the streets twice because we were wearing USC shirts. Our European alumni are just as proud as the Americans 2. I don’t …

Studying Abroad in Madrid

gavin Abroad, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

We’re almost mid way through summer and I can honestly say this has been the greatest summer vacation of my entire life. I’m currently studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to go abroad. So far I’ve been to Sevilla, Granada, Cordoba, Segovia, Toledo, and Barcelona, in addition to Madrid. There are about 30 …

Summer 2012: Studying Abroad in Madrid!

nataliea Abroad, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

This summer I am very excited to say that I will be studying abroad in Madrid, Spain with the Viterbi Overseas Program! I will spend 7 weeks in this amazing Spanish city taking classes with Viterbi faculty and roughly 30 fellow Viterbi students, including fellow VSA Gavin. I’ve only been overseas once before, and that was a school trip to …

Women in Engineering

kristen-2012 Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

When I first started considering engineering, I remember a few different people being surprised at my choice, remarking that there weren’t too many female engineers. Although this seemed like a big deal to those people while they were telling me, I didn’t think much about it. To me it seemed like just another stereotype — probably based on past truths, …

Being a Woman in Engineering

lydia-2012 Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

One of the questions I frequently get asked from prospective students and their families during Meet USC sessions is, “What’s the ratio of male to females in engineering?” It’s only then do I remember that I am, indeed, considered a minority in the engineering field. Although the Viterbi School of Engineering is about 30% women (beating out the national average …

Women in Engineering

claire-2012 Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Growing up and as far back as I can remember, I LOVED math. Before going to bed every night I never wanted to read a book, but wanted to do math problems—I wanted to solve complex problems, be the fastest (I was the queen of Around the World flashcards in the second grade!), and thought math was the coolest thing …

Women in Engineering

mica-2012 Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

When I first toyed with the idea of studying engineering, I definitely got the occasional comment from friends and family about being outnumbered by guys in class. Somehow I was never fazed by the fact that I’d be in a male-dominated field and in fact took it as a challenge… It made the thought of pursuing engineering even more valuable …

Women In Engineering

arianna-2012 Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

I’ve never really thought about being a female in engineering, but every time someone asks me what I study….whether it be a parent of a friend or someone I meet on a plane, they always seem surprised when I respond cheerily with ‘mechanical engineering.’ Their surprise has always made me chuckle a little, but I really can not imagine doing …

Women In Engineering

lauren Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

When I was five years old, my dream job was to be a Disney Animator. By the time I was ten, I dreamed of being either a Dolphin Trainer or a Pro Soccer Player–you know, the next Mia Hamm! A career in engineering never really crossed my mind in fourth grade. Little did I know, memories of marveling at suspended …

Women in Engineering

anastasia-2012 Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

When I meet prospective students and their families I often get asked “What is it like being a woman in engineering?”. If you are wondering the same thing then this blog is for you. When I chose to major in engineering I was prepared to be in classrooms where I was 1 of maybe 3 girls. The only people I …

Women in Engineering

maria-2012 Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

One of the first student organizations I heard during my USC orientation was Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and how involved their members are within Viterbi. I also learned about the Women in Engineering office and the different opportunities that are available for undergrads. I feel like engineering is filled with  untapped opportunities for women so I have always enjoyed …