A Day in the Life, Freshman ChemE

Readers, let’s get specific! I know a lot of you have questions about what life at USC is like, so here’s more information than you’ll ever need about what my average day is like! It’s going to be a Monday, for the record:

8:30 am- 9:00 am: Get ready for the day and go to the dining halls with my friends on the floor

9 am – 11 am: Class, math and chemistry specifically. If it’s a good day, my Chem professor will show us an explosion, or colors.


11 am – 12 pm: Research in Professor Nutt’s composites lab, where I’m working on making vacuum-bag only vinyl hybrid. I get to use power tools too, which is always exciting.

12 pm – 1:30 pm: Physics lecture where my professor also likes in-class demonstrations, and pulls out at least one complicated contraption per lecture.

1:30 pm – 2 pm: Meet up with my senior Electrical Engineering friend for lunch at Parkside dining hall, (which sidenote just got recognized for their cuisine on a national level!)

2 pm – 3 pm: Chemical Engineering class! Favorite class of the day, hands down. If you’re a ChemE, get excited. If not, get jealous.

3 pm – 4:30 pm: Joint Educational Project, a USC volunteer opportunity where I walk over to a local middle school and tutor middle school students in math.

4:30 pm – 5 pm: Weekly post-JEP Yogurtland, to sate my obsession.

5 pm –  6 pm: Executive board meetings for Queers in Engineering, Science, and Technology (hyperlink: https://viterbivoices.usc.edu/makana/my-senior-year-quest-adventure/) Yours truly is Vice President of Corporate Affairs!


6 pm – 8:30 pm: Homework in our floor’s study room, consisting of equal parts actual work and miscellaneous chatting

8:30 pm – 9:30 pm: Go for a run through campus, which looks stunning after sunset. I run past Tommy Trojan a casual 10 times for inspiration from the man with the impossible physique

9:30 pm – 10 pm: Ground Zero’s Open Mic night. If you haven’t heard about GZ yet, you can check it out why they’re the best spot on campus here. (hyperlink: https://viterbivoices.usc.edu/author/samantha/page/2/ ) On Mondays, they do open mic night and I’m a big fan.

10 pm and onward: This is usually social time. My friends and I like to find new games every couple of weeks and get really involved with them. We’ve been on a Resistance kick lately! (Disclaimer: I am not responsible for drama that ensues from playing this game)



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