Hey guys! It’s been great to be back at school and getting back into the swing of classes and Viterbi Life in general.  Being a junior this year is really exciting because I know pretty much everything going on on campus now and what to look forward too, but it’s also terrifying to already be halfway done with college! Time has flown by!

My classes this semester seem extremely interesting.  I’m finally getting out of the general chemistry and required chemical engineering courses and delving into my emphasis, nanotechnology.  I’m taking two nanotechnology courses, one about Nanoscale engineering and how nanotechnology is utilized in industry and one about nanomaterials and how to make and use nanoscale technology.  So far, these classes have been really cool! I love the professors, and they tie into things I learned about through doing research on campus (which you can learn more about by reading some of my old blogs!).  It’s a fascinating field with a lot of potential, so I’m very excited about these classes. I’m also taking physical chemistry, which explains the science behind thermodynamics, and chemical reactors, where we learn how to design reactors to create a product.  My last class satisfies my art history minor and is a medieval art history class.  I’m especially excited to learn about celtic art and also gothic architecture (think the Notre Dame in Paris).

The activitiy I’m most excited for this upcoming semester is definitely getting to work with my freshman academy class. I’m so lucky to be cocoaching with one of my best friends Brenton, and working with an amazing faculty member.  Also, our class is awesome so far and I’m excited to plan some great activities for them.  I’m also really looking forward to the bonfire we are planning too! The Freshmen Academy class is a class all incoming freshmen take that introduces them to life in LA, life at USC, and life as an engineer.

It’s also fall again so that means FOOTBALL SEASON!!!! Although the Trojans have been underwhelming thus far, I definitely have faith and believe that we might still be able to pull off a decent season (even after a painful loss to Washington State yesterday).  Regardless, football games are one of my favorite parts of USC, and the games are super fun regardless.


I really can’t wait to see what this semester has to offer!

Lyssa Aruda-2015

Lyssa Aruda-2015

Chemical Engineering (Nanotechnology), Class of 2015, Learn more on her profile here!