Blogged while listening to Smoke + Mirrors- Imagine Dragon’s new album!

Hello everyone! Happy E-Week.  This week is all about celebrating engineering and all the cool things engineers do.  Here at USC we are celebrating with all sorts of activities, my favorite of which is Viterbi Ball at the end of the week! Check out Betty’s blog about it– she’s one of the people planning it!

Engineering has been a really cool field to study, and one of the best parts has been the feeling of collaboration within the engineering school.  From day 1, so many things about my education have been focused on teams and working together. For me this has been really important because in the real world, you never solve problems alone.

My first chemical engineering class’s first assignment was to form a study group.  These people have become some of my closest friends and most trusted people in my life, because we spend so much time together! I still study with the same group of people as I did that very first semester, and creating those bongs has been really cool!

There are tons of stereotypes about engineering being super cutthroat, but I have not experiences that at all.  In all of my classes, we are encouraged to do our homework in groups.  We work in groups on projects and in labs.  We are really quite dependent on each other to succeed, and I’ve learned so much about how to work with different types of people as well as how to utilize people’s strengths and maximize our work effort.  I’m so happy that my classes have been so focused on teams.


Lyssa Aruda-2015

Lyssa Aruda-2015

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