Meet Rhea

Biomedical Engineering
Class of ’19


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Hey there! I’m Rhea , and I’m a junior from Cupertino, California, majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Healthcare Studies. I’m on a pre-med track, and hope to be a physician-researcher in the future! On campus, I work in the USC Biomechanics Lab as an undergraduate Research Assistant, play for the USC Women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, and volunteer with Coaching Corps, working with local youth sports teams. Outside of class, I love adventuring around LA, practicing my travel photography, going to concerts and trying out new food (especially Japanese food). Check out my page and see what my #ViterbiLife is like!!



My Favorite Places in LA

Involvements

I work 10-12 hours a week in the USC Biomechanics Lab, a research lab that specializes in the junction of sports and engineering. We study joint kinetics and load distribution of athletes by studying their motions on force plates– we’ve worked with track athletes, golfers, tennis players, basketball players, even dancers!! As a lifelong athlete, this lab is a dream come true for me.
I picked up ultimate frisbee in college after hunting for a sport to keep me active. I met the most amazing group of athletes through USC Ultimate, and was lucky enough to join them all the way to College Nationals last summer. We travel all over California for our tournaments, and went to tournaments in Austin, TX and Raleigh, NC last year! Frisbee is one of my favorite involvements, and it keeps me active and stress-free.
My first job in high school was coaching gymnastics at my old gym (I did gymnastics for ten years, fun fact!!). Once I came to college, I knew I wanted to give back to the community, and Coaching Corps was the perfect fit. We basically go out into the local community and coach kids in various sports- I’ve been helping run a weekly Ultimate Frisbee clinic with the Challenger Boys and Girls Club for the last two semesters.

My Major at USC: Biomedical Engineering


My Favorite Classes
This class took place in the Emergency Room at LA County Hospital, the birthplace of emergency medicine (Code Black, a rad documentary about the field, was shot literally where my classroom was). The class was taught by the COOLEST professor, Dr. Hardasmalani, a practicing emergency physician, and we had guest lectures from other doctors, fellows and residents about various aspects of the field. We took a field trip to Catalina Island, hiked in Griffith Park, performed ultrasounds on each other and learned CPR. Genuinely my favorite class I’ve taken at USC so far.
I LOVE MATLAB!!!! It’s such a cool programming environment that can handle massive amounts of matrix data and manipulate it in tons of different ways. If you’ve done programming in Java or C++, the logic flow is similar, and while MATLAB is an environment more than a versatile language, it’s still pretty useful in the research sphere. I’ve used MATLAB to create everything from game simulations to 3D graphs to clustering algorithms. We use it all the time in my research lab!
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My Tips for You

Application Essays

Be yourself, don't be afraid to crack a lame joke or take a few liberties with punctuation. The most important part about essays is conveying your personality and what drives/motivates you to do what you love. Do what you need to in order to get "the real you" across!!

Application Extracurriculars

Don’t feel pressured to list every last extracurricular activity you’ve ever remotely been involved in. It’s totally cool just to talk about the few things you’re most interested in.

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Two Truths and a Lie

Can you guess which of these are true or false?
True! I have a twin brother who runs cross country and track for Caltech. We meet up every couple of weeks, usually over KBBQ.
TRUE!! I love traveling, and explore a lot with family and friends. I spent a summer in China, roadtripped through Canada and rode camels in Egypt! I dabble in travel photography and take any excuse I can get to whip out my nikon DSLR.
I HATE MUSHROOMS AND OLIVES. I’m not usually picky with food, but I can’t stand these two at all.

My Favorite Shows

  • I’m obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy and I honestly think it’s one of the major reasons I’m premed (I aspire to be Callie ~ orthopedic surgery is the DREAM) I’ve openly sobbed at some episodes of Grey’s, and I watch it whenever I need a break from schoolwork.

  • Gossip Girl is the first TV show I genuinely watched every episode of. Guilty pleasure but at the same time, I’m not even ashamed; I fell in love with New York and secretly dream of an Upper East Side alternate reality.

  • The Office is one of my all time favorites, and while I never finished it (stopped after Michael left), Jim and Pam are still #relationshipgoals. I also named my laptop Toby after the character from the Office.