Never Too Late: Finding Your Passion as a College Student

Madelyn Douglas Computer Science, Electrical, Internship, Madelyn, Major, Professional & Academic, Study, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

An alternate title for this article could be “Yes, I Changed My Major Junior Year and Will Graduate on Time”, but I’ll get into that later.  Sometimes it can seem like everyone has it together in college, with their dream job at their dream company and a major taking them along that path.  Well, believe me, many of us start …

Engineering and Greek Life: The Ultimate System Balance

Christina Najm Christina, Free Time, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Students, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

If you told me three years ago that I’d be heavily involved in a sorority in college, I would’ve said you were crazy. Yet here I am, in my junior year at USC and second term as vice president of Alpha Omega Epsilon, the science and engineering professional and social sorority in the Viterbi School of Engineering. In my freshman …

An AIChE Breaky Semester

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

Happy Thursday folks! It’s another month, another blog, and another day in the life of a Viterbi student. The days have certainly been getting busier lately, with classes picking up and recruitment season starting, so stay tuned for more updates on that. In the meantime, however, the main event I’ve been looking forward to this semester is attending the annual …

3D4E is the Club for Me

Natalie Kistler Biomedical, Design Teams, Natalie, Natalie K, Uncategorized, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Getting involved. For me, this idea was daunting as I started my freshman year. In college, there is pressure to get involved so that you both have fun and can market yourself well to future employers as an “involved” person. As a freshman, I too felt this pressure to dip my toe into the USC’s vast ocean of possibility so …

Storytelling as an Engineer

Madelyn Douglas Campus Events, Involvement, Madelyn, Professional & Academic, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

In my opinion, one of the most important—and underrated—parts of engineering is actually storytelling.  Engineered technologies such as social media, cinema, and VR tell powerful stories; moreover, I believe that engineers of any field can greatly benefit from harnessing the power of storytelling to communicate and contemplate ideas about new technologies of all kinds.  For me, USC’s writing education is …

Junior Year: Halfway There, Livin’ on a Prayer

Jacob Toney Chemical, Design Teams, Free Time, Involvement, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Sports, Students, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

Hey everyone, and happy weekend. We’re 3 weeks into the semester now, so things are getting moving! While I’m still getting used to the idea of being a junior, and the fact that I’m officially halfway done with college now, I’m excited to see what the remaining 4 semesters hold. Between classes, extracurriculars, and everything else, I’ve got quite the …

USC NSBE Takes On Detroit! – NSBE 45th Annual Conference

Mark Parent Civil and Environmental, Entrepreneurship, Free Time, Involvement, Major, Mark, Professional & Academic, Social & Diversity, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Why USC Leave a Comment

USC NSBE chapter at the national conference USC NSBE chapter at the national conference As a freshman, I am so grateful that I joined NSBE because it gives me the support system I need to excel in my academics. For those wondering, NSBE stands for the National Society of Black Engineers whose mission is to “to increase the number of …

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Empowering Women at Hackathons: AthenaHacks 2019

Lindsay Huang Computer Science, Involvement, Lindsay, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Happy AthenaHacks 2019! For those who don’t know, AthenaHacks is USC’s all-female (trans and non-binary inclusive) hackathon. This year, it took place at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center from April 6-7. We had over 500 attendees and 74 total projects submitted! As the design lead for the hackathon, I’m responsible for event branding, creating swag and making the graphics for …

Why USC? Well, I’m glad you asked…

Jacob Toney Campus Events, Chemical, Involvement, Jacob, Professional & Academic, Students, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Why USC Leave a Comment

It’s been six months since I last wrote about why I chose USC – six months of learning more in my community and school, of growing older and meeting new people, and of living in Los Angeles. That’s a long time, and I realized it would be appropriate for me to go over my decision and my perspective of the …

Coffee Time

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

Happy March everyone! Just a few more weeks until Spring – or, more importantly, Spring Break. Hope you’re all doing well and staying warm, and have had a great semester so far. It seems for most people, it’s the middle of midterm season right now. I somehow ended up having almost all of my exams be over the course of …

Choosing a Direction: Making Major Decisions for Your College Life

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Free Time, Internship, Professional & Academic, Rachel, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Getting admitted to college can be both exciting and terrifying. Having to commit to a school, city, major, or activity can be super overwhelming. I remember feeling an extreme pressure to specify in February of my senior year, and even more so after coming to campus and trying to find my niche. With the wisdom I have obtained over the …

New Semester, New Opportunities

Miles Kay Aerospace and Mechanical, Design Teams, Free Time, Hikes, Involvement, Major, Miles, Service, Social & Diversity, Study, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs Leave a Comment

This semester definitely got off to a fast start! As I write this, I’m in the midst of preparations for two midterms and am writing my first Thematic Option paper of the semester. My classes this semester are all extremely interesting, I’m taking my first two Mechanical Engineering classes (statics and thermodynamics), along with differential equations, a course on French …

Let’s Get This Bread (Starting This Semester Right)

Rachel Glait Aerospace and Mechanical, Free Time, Internship, Involvement, Rachel, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

Spring semester is off to a great start! I can’t believe my last year of college will be coming up so soon! This semester, I am taking three engineering classes and two theatre classes that will go towards my Dramatic Arts minor. After last semester, I am so excited to get a bit of a break from all of my …

Spring 2019: 20 Years Gone, Holding On

Jacob Toney Best of LA, Chemical, Free Time, Home Life, Internship, Jacob, Major, Professional & Academic, Research, Social & Diversity, Sports, Study, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a great holiday season, and are as excited as I am for the new year! It’s going to be a packed one, but at least I’m well rested from my time off. My break was really nice – I got to head home and spend some time with friends and family, and celebrate the …

Why I’m Looking Forward To My Spring

Zachary Flores Computer Science, Internship, Involvement, Major, Study, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Zachary Leave a Comment

(And as always tune into kxsc.org/listen Mondays at 1AM PST to hear me DJ) Spring semester is bringing in a lot of new and exciting things for me. I have a lot to look forward to like my classes, the projects I’m working on, club events, and making summer plans! This semester, I get to take some of the coolest …

You should listen to podcasts and here’s why

Rhea Choudhury Involvement, podcast, Rhea, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus Leave a Comment

Hey guys! Happy October, hope everyone is having a stellar fall season. My roommate and I have plans to carve pumpkins tomorrow, and while there’s a bizarre heat wave in LA right now, I’m really excited for the cozy fall sweaters and cinnamon/pumpkin candles. I’m actually heading to Washington DC for a few days next week, so stay tuned for …

The Choice: High School Senior to USC Trojan

Jacob Toney Campus Events, Chemical, College Applications, Free Time, Involvement, Jacob, Major, Study, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Why USC Leave a Comment

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a high school student thinking about what schools you should apply to. Maybe you’ve already applied, and maybe you’ve even already been accepted; regardless, you’re in the process of trying to figure out what school is right for you. In fact, you’re probably in a very similar situation that I was in just …

Turning Expectations Into Reality (Why USC)

Daniel Donchev Best of LA, Free Time, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Viterbi Summer, Why USC Leave a Comment

In the past, I’ve written a blog about the five factors that led me to attending USC. Check it out if you haven’t already! This time around I want to talk about the goals and expectations I set for myself prior to my first day as an undergrad and whether I was able to meet them during my four years …

Getting Involved with SHPE

Miranda Jernberg Chemical, Involvement, Miranda, Social & Diversity, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

It all began at the on-campus club fair in Fall 2017. I was eager to get involved with USC’s clubs and organizations, but I had no idea how one club in particular would change my college experience. The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) had a table set-up with a bunch of photos showing off their social gatherings at KBBQ, …