Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a great holiday! Over break I spent some time at home with my family which was really nice, and I welcomed in the New Year with my engineering friends at Lake Tahoe.  Unfortunately our winter has been sunny and 75 and, although we managed to miss the polar vortex, there wasn’t much snow in Tahoe.  We still managed to get some snowboarding in though and had fun exploring the lake and eating! I also managed to reread Harry Potter for probably the 17th time.


I’m really excited to be back for the Spring.  It’s always nice to start fresh and the beginning of the year and semester, and I have a ton of great stuff to look forward to!

Classes– This semester I’m really delving into my upper division chemical engineering classes! I’m taking viscous flow, all about how fluids work, advanced inorganic chemistry, biochemical engineering, and chemical engineering lab.  I’m really excited about chemical engineering lab because we will get to build and use all the equipment we’ve been learning theory about in our classes.  I think it will really bring everything I’ve learned here at USC so far full circle.  My last class is my last general education course, Arts of Asia! I’m really excited about this class because it also counts for my minor and it’s a realm of art history I haven’t really had the opportunity to learn about before.  My classes will be challenging but very interesting and all very new concepts!

Clubs- We are also working on some amazing activities for all the organizations I’m involved in.  For Order of Omega, the Greek Honor Society, I’m still working on recruitment, and we are also planning leadership workshops to host within the Greek Community.  It’s a great way to get to know people from other parts of the school! We are also planning exciting social and career events fro AICHE, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and we spent this past weekend at UC Riverside with Chemical Engineers from schools all over Southern California.  It was a great way to see how other schools approach chemical engineering and network with people doing a lot of different types of things!


iPodia– Last year I participated in the USC iPodia program (which you can read about my experiences here!) and I spent the first few weeks of summer in South Korea.  This year, I was asked to be a teaching assistant for the course, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  I think that the program offers so many opportunities to network with people and learn about the rest of the world in a unique way!

Other things I’m working on right now is my Progressive Degree Program Application to stay one extra year and get my masters degree, job applications, exploring Los Angeles more, and maybe starting some more research! I’m really excited about this semester and all the opportunities I’m going to have!


Lyssa Aruda-2015

Lyssa Aruda-2015

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