The Choice: High School Senior to USC Trojan

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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 …

Two Questions, One Answer: USC

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The decision of where to spend the next four years of my life was daunting as a senior in high school. These four years were going to be a five-hour plane ride from home. They were supposedly the years of the most critical personal growth and identity-building. College was a time to figure out what I wanted to dedicate the …

Turning Expectations Into Reality (Why USC)

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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 …

Why USC?

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With college application season in full swing and the ominous decision of figuring out where you want to spend the next 4 years slowly creeping up, I wanted to share the reasons why I chose USC. If you would’ve asked me where I wanted to go 2 years ago, USC wouldn’t have even been on my potential list. I was …

8 Reasons Why I Chose USC

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Deciding if and where to attend college is a difficult and important decision for any high school senior. As many of you begin to prepare your college applications, you are probably starting to think about what kind of schools you would like to attend, and maybe you are even assembling a list of attributes you want in a school. To …

USC, Aha! My Decision to Come to USC

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As I was visiting multiple colleges in my junior and senior year of high school, I always heard people talking about the “aha moment”: the moment you have when you know where you are gonna spend the next four years of your life. No matter where I went, I was always searching for that moment, willing it to happen. However, …

Greek Life as an Engineer

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When considering colleges to apply to, I sought out schools with strong academic programs that still had dynamic social environments. For me, the social aspect of school meant an enriching arts community, school spirit, and Greek life. USC, of course, is widely known for its student body’s participation in all these areas. I wanted each of these things in a …

Conquering the Common App: what to do NOW to prep for college applications

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Even though it has been three years since I filled out my college applications as a senior in high school, I vividly remember all of the stress and hard work that goes into applying to college.  There’s so much to do before you can start applying to universities so if you’re trying to figure out exactly where to start keep …

ISE, ISE Baby: My Life as an Industrial and Systems Engineer

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“Alright stop, collaborate and listen!” Though I’m not a huge Vanilla Ice fan (David Bowie’s “Under Pressure” is most DEFINITELY the superior song), this line from “Ice, Ice Baby” is one that expresses an important aspect of all majors in Viterbi, and most specifically my major: Industrial and Systems Engineering. For many prospective students, including myself in high school, Industrial …

Mythbusted: Engineers are Only Friends With Other Engineers

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This past weekend I was thrifting with a couple of friends. Both of which happened to be non-stem majors. One is in Marshall and the other is majoring in NGOs and social change (non-governmental organizations). We were talking and catching up and of course our classes came up. I’m currently in a mix of EE, dance, and GEs, and I ...

Bark to School

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Going away to college can be tough (especially when school is 2,090 miles away from home), but the hardest part is always saying bye to my hairy angel, Max.  Max is my 9-year-old cavalier king charles and the light of my life. Here are some tips to help make going away to college and leaving your furry friends a bit …

Summer 2018: Energy, Internships, and Islands

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I can’t believe that summer is almost over… but it has been a great one!! My last blog post described how I got my summer internship at ENGIE Services U.S, a general contractor working on energy efficiency projects in school districts primarily. Back then, I didn’t know exactly how it would go, but now I know that it is an …

“A Little Bit of Everything” Kind of Summer

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The summer after my freshman year was a perfect blend of work, travel, and time spent relaxing at home. For the first seven weeks, I resided at USC to work in Professor Zavaleta’s research lab. As mentioned in my last blog post, Professor Z’s lab investigates the use of nanoparticles in detecting tumors with great precision. Every week day, I …

What is Computer Science (Games)?

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Two of the most common responses I get when I tell people I’m majoring in Computer Science Games are 1) “Oh so you do game design?” and 2) “So you must really play a lot of games”. And while a decent answer to both of these questions is yes, it’s not what CS Games is really about. I thought I’d …

Fight On!…What Does That Mean Again?

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Step on to USC’s campus and you’re bound to hear the phrase “Fight On” within the first 30 minutes. But what does this phrase actually mean? Upon touring USC I was first introduced to the phrase by my tour guide, and as I went around campus I frequently heard it said around me. However, while I found it a catchy …

Emphases: Just a Little Something Extra!

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When I started at Viterbi, I heard a lot of talk being thrown around about different emphases within engineering majors. I knew there were several different options within my major, but wasn’t really sure what the significance of an emphasis was. In fact, I really didn’t know anything at all about engineering emphases aside from the fact that they existed. …

Michelson Center: Research, Kitchens, and More!

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In addition to the USC village, the Michelson Center for Convergent Biosciences opened my freshman year! Again, the timing for me to attend USC could not have been better. The purpose of the Michelson Center is to provide a space for researchers of different specialties to come together and collaborate on tackling the most pressing health challenges of our era. …