When I applied to USC one of the reasons was that I saw so many opportunities of clubs and activities that I could do in and outside of Viterbi. Options ranging from: hands-on learning in the Rocket Propulsion Lab (RPL) and USC Racing, to academic organizations like the National Organization for Business and Engineering (NOBE) and the Center for Engineering Diversity (CED), to non-engineering options like Undergraduate Student Government (USG) and USC Rugby. All these become available as soon as you step on campus! If I have one regret when I leave USC it will be because I didn’t try all of the options available to me, especially Freshman year.

You, Freshman, are in one of the greatest positions of your life. You have just begun the best four years you will ever have, with some of the best people you will ever meet! Plus, every organization on campus wants you, because your potential is unlimited. Even better, with all the time at your disposal you have a period where you can taste a little bit of everything and find out where your passions lie.

So, some advice. You may have  If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times:

“Get outside your comfort zone!”

There is no better time, in the world to get outside of your comfort zone than college (I stand by that statement).  At that, there’s no better place than at USC (I stand by that too)!

Take a look at something that sounds interesting; even if you don’t know anything about it! Chances are that the people who joined knew nothing when they started too. Give yourself the satisfaction of knowing you found the organizations that you’re happiest in.


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Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2016, Learn more on his profile here!