Being a Woman in Engineering at USC

Christina Najm Christina, Civil and Environmental, Involvement, Professional & Academic, Service, Social & Diversity, Students, Study, Why USC, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

With junior year coming to a close, I’ve started thinking back on all the things I was worried about when I was starting college, and how they impact me now. Being a woman entering a male dominated field was one of my top concerns when choosing a college to attend, and, looking back at my past three years, I couldn’t …

Deciding Where to Go for College

Lindsay Huang College Applications, Lindsay, Why USC 1 Comment

Hey! Hope everyone is doing well and staying safe amidst all this chaos! Even without the pandemic, the spring of your senior year in high school can still be pretty stressful, since you’re probably choosing a place to call home for the next four years of your life. I definitely remember struggling a lot with my own college decision two …

Housing: How I Decided Where to Live

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Choosing a residence hall is a big decision for many first year students. A combination of nerves and excitement may leave you wondering what do other students prioritize when thinking about what building to live in. Here are some of the aspects that I considered when choosing my first year. The main three things that lead me to choosing a …

A Half Semester But A Full Heart

Sheetal Madnani Campus Events, Chemical, Involvement, Sheetal, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

I love doing semesterly recaps: be that through a witty end of semester Instagram post captioned with a pun that makes every one of my followers groan, by means of a blog post (like this one!), or in the context of an intense night of journaling. But I’ve never before had to try to reflect on a semester that was …

Reflections on an Early End to Senior Year

Madelyn Douglas Best of LA, Free Time, Home Life, Madelyn, Trojan Spirit, Why USC Leave a Comment

As someone who always processes things at least a month late, I am now getting hit by huge waves of nostalgia for my lost month and a half of second semester senior year. While thinking about all the friends I didn’t get to hang out with one last time, the projects I wish I was able to complete, and the …

Why USC: Celebrating the 2 Year Anniversary of my Acceptance Letter

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Two years ago today, I found out that I got into USC!! Although this was the day it all “began,” my decision was not made the minute I opened that envelope. With my extra time in quarantine, I wanted to share why I made one of the best decisions of my life and ultimately decided to attend USC. Unlike many …

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom: Reflecting on the First Days of Remote Learning

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USC students returned from Spring Break yesterday. Of course, this wasn’t to our beloved E-Quad and trusty Engineering Computing Center, but instead to a virtual campus hosted through the meeting platform, Zoom. As many of you may know, USC and universities across the country have removed to remote instruction to allow proper social-distancing and to stop the spread of COVID-19. …

Things I Already Miss About USC

Celeste Goodwin Campus Events, Celeste, Service, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

It’s been a crazy few weeks. Within the span of a few days, we went from testing out our online capabilities at USC to being online for the rest of the semester! As a senior, this has been particularly hard. A few of my friends left for spring break not knowing they wouldn’t come back for the rest of the …

How I Found My Summer Internship!

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USC offers many resources when it comes to finding a summer internship or to have a job lined up after graduation. Between the Viterbi Career Center, Viterbi Career Fair, and company partnerships, there are tons of opportunities to go around; you just have to be looking! Every semester, the School of Engineering puts on a Career fair with over 180 …

Goodbye Comfort Zone, Hello Songwriting!

Madelyn Douglas Free Time, Madelyn, Music, Professional & Academic, Viterbi Life, Why USC Leave a Comment

As someone who has spent over 85,000 minutes listening to music last year (thanks, Spotify wrapped), I’ve been hoping to at least attempt making music at some point in my life. Knowing myself realistically, I have a hard time making time for projects like creating a song outside of classes. The solution? Force yourself to enroll in songwriting at USC’s …

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Why USC

Lindsay Huang Lindsay, Uncategorized, Why USC Leave a Comment

When I was choosing where to go for college, it wasn’t an easy decision. Ultimately, I was deciding between USC and another school known for its intense engineering program. Even after choosing USC, I was definitely apprehensive about my decision. But after spending almost two years here, it’s safe to say I’m incredibly happy! Here’s why: Lindsay is a sophomore …

4 Years Later: Why USC Then, and Why USC Now

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Then As a high school senior, I explored a variety of schools to figure out what I was looking for in my college experience. With my passion for math and science in mind, and hoping to leave the east coast chill behind for California, one of my first college tours was Caltech. This was a turning point in my college …

Why USC: Benefits of Being a Trojan

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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 …

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 …

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 …