My Transition from High School to College

Loic Alini Loic, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Before I got to college, everyone adult told me the transition to college will be a difficult path full of challenges and triumphs. I did not know what they meant, but as freshman year went by, I slowly realized the extent of their warning, freshman year kicked me in the ass! I remember when I first moved in, I was …

Travel With Your Research Lab

Siena Applebaum Aerospace and Mechanical, Research, Siena, Uncategorized, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Hi wonderful human beings, There are a lot of reasons to consider getting involved in research as an undergraduate. Getting hands-on technical experience, being a part of cutting-edge discoveries, and fostering close relationships with really cool professors are just the tip of the iceberg. Another incredible opportunity that can come from working in a lab is being able to attend …

American Society of Civil Engineers takes Tempe, AZ!

Desiree James Civil and Environmental, Design Teams, Desiree, Professional & Academic, Uncategorized, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

One of the student organizations I’m in is the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), one of the many professional engineering organizations on campus. Unlike most of the other professional engineering clubs though, ASCE consists of student led design teams within the org. The design teams include Concrete Canoe, Environmental, Geotech Wall and Steel Bridge (which is what I’m on!). …

Attending A Movie Premiere

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Being in Los Angeles definitely gives you some pretty cool opportunities to get to be a part of certain activities that you probably wouldn’t get otherwise. One of the coolest, most “LA” things that I’ve gotten to do in my time at USC is going to movie premieres. Just a few weeks back, I went to the premiere of the movie …

Back to the Books!

Suveena Thanawala Suveena, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Five semesters here have passed, and I’m halfway through my junior year of college. It sounds so crazy, and it honestly doesn’t feel like I’ve been here that long. I’ve had so many incredible experiences in college, and even at this point, there are so many more that I’m looking forward to having. Luckily, living in southern California, there’s plenty …

Thanksgiving “Break”

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Happy Thanksgiving! I’m currently home, getting a little time off from school. Thanksgiving break comes at a weird time, toward the end of the semester, and right before finals. It’s weird because it’s the smallest little taste of home, or family, or whatever you do during the break, but you’ve only got 3 days off of school. It comes in …

It’s Fall, Y’all

Vanessa Pangbourne Campus Events, Chemical, Music, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Vanessa Leave a Comment

The fall semester is now in full swing with Involvement Fairs, Game Days, and for some midterms have already started. Every year fall always feels super hectic since every week is packed. A lot has happened since the summer and even the start of the semester. Here’s a ~fun~ recap of what I’ve been up to! I flew home from …

The Before, During, and After

Ramiro Mendoza-Axle Campus Events, Housing, Ramiro, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

The beginning of the semester is nearing and you may be completely relaxed and excited for the start, or you could be like a deer in headlights and not know what to do to prepare. But hopefully, you’ll get a little insight after reading my tips for before, during, and aftermath of the first couple of weeks at USC. Before …

10 (Super Fun) Differences Between High School and College

Celeste Goodwin Biomedical, Campus Events, Celeste, Dorm, Music, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Why USC Leave a Comment

Hey y’all. It’s the beginning of August, which means that school is almost back!! Target Back to School catalogs are coming in the mail and I’m very excited. Whether this means that you’re going into your junior/senior year of high school or you’re coming into the USC Class of 2021 (!!!), I wanted to share a few awesome differences between …

Self Doubt: How to Deal with it During Freshman Year

Aarya Suryavanshi Aarya, Professional & Academic, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Hello! I hope you are all basking in the summer sun (or the winter one if you’re one of southern hemisphere friends). With school lurking right around the corner, I wanted to spend a hot minute talking about how to #crush freshman year*. Now you’ve probably read countless articles about how you should join all the clubs that interest you …

No Fear in the New School Year

Natalie Monger Campus Events, Computer Science, Natalie, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

I recently wrote a post where I gave 25 pieces of advice to incoming freshmen. Now that the start of the school year is getting closer, I thought I would share more advice that is relevant to the first few weeks of school for both incoming freshmen and returning students. Enjoy! Attend fun events during your first few weeks to …

A Summer That’s Out of This World

Suveena Thanawala Food, podcast, Professional & Academic, Suveena, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Hey everyone! For the past two months, I’ve been keeping busy are in Los Angeles with being an intern and seeing more of the city. Currently, I’m an intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where I’m working on developing software for embedded devices. JPL is a really cool place to intern – there’s a huge focus on the learning process, …

Berlin + Sustainable Development

Aarya Suryavanshi Aarya, Aerospace and Mechanical, Internship, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

I hope all has been going well on the other side of the pond (am I still allowed to say that even though I am not in Britain? I’m going to say it anyways). This summer your girl’s been doing some research at Technische Universität Berlin (in Berlin, Germany). I’ve been researching sustainable development, namely how startups can be used …

List of Grace Hopper Scholarships for CS Girls

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Uncategorized, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Last October, I attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston, Texas. It was such a fun opportunity. I networked with representatives from some of the world’s top tech companies, attended seminars, and, best of all, met other girls in engineering. I think Grace Hopper is one of the best places for women to network and search …

Tales of a Food-Loving Engineer

Natalie Monger Campus Events, Food, Natalie, Students, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life Leave a Comment

Sometimes, I plan my school days around food. For example… “Okay, so, after I grab my warm breakfast from RTH Café, I’ll go to SAL for office hours until I finish the second homework question. Then, I’ll skip over to Campus Center and have a pizza for lunch. Maybe I will get ice cream with a friend when classes are …

Shayna Goes Abroad Part 6: USC vs UST

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The school I am attending for this semester is called the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, abbreviated to HKUST, more commonly just called UST. If you think that gets confusing with telling people I go to USC, you’re right. But despite the rhyming acronyms, I’ve definitely found some significant differences between the two schools. Size: UST has just …

Your Health is Most Important

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My grandma always says, “If you don’t got your health, you don’t got nothin’.” With midterms, music festivals, and the end of the spring upon us, life can get really busy, really quickly. All of the end of the year work, final projects, and group assignments feel like they’re piling up. During this stressful time, it’s incredibly important to make …