I hope you all had a restful and relaxing Spring Break! I had my wisdom teeth removed so it wasn’t the most exciting, but I did get a lot of sleep, so that was nice.
This week I’m going to talk about a few of the reasons I chose to attend USC. I pretty much knew what general type of school I wanted from the beginning. I definitely wanted a big research university with lots of resources and connections. I wanted a great engineering program, and a balance between strong academics and lots of opportunities for student involvement.
Though I was lucky enough to be accepted to several wonderful schools that fit these criteria, when it came down to my final decision, I chose USC because I really felt like I could see myself as a Viterbi student. I was impressed by the huge variety of programs Viterbi had to offer. Even more importantly, I loved that everything was so cutting edge. Viterbi has a much younger and modern feeling than some other engineering programs I looked at. I wanted to attend a school that was consistently growing and striving to improve its already excellent resources and reputation instead of simply resting on its laurels.
I think that Viterbi really sets the curve when it comes to up-to-date curriculum, cutting edge research, innovative opportunities, and entrepreneurial students and alumni. This desire to always keep advancing and improving inspires and motivates me to work toward my full potential. Viterbi, and USC in general, definitely provides an environment where students, faculty, and staff are all encouraged to achieve more each and every year.
Another one of my favorite things about Viterbi is how all of the people I meet are brilliant engineers, but also normal, real people that I can interact with. Despite their intelligence and academic or professional success, the staff and students of Viterbi still have strong communication skills and always make me feel comfortable and welcome. Plus, despite the fact that Viterbi is its own college with its own resources and academic programs, it’s still definitely an important and integral part of USC, and I never feel like an outcast for being an engineer. I like knowing USC engineers involved in absolutely everything from NCAA sports to community service to Greek life to research. I love being a member of the Trojan Family, and I love the school spirit that comes along with being a USC student.
I’ve known since the first day I arrived on campus that I couldn’t have made a better decision about where to attend college.
Until next week,