Yesterday I FINALLY sat down and put together a course plan for next semester, as well as every semester after that, through graduation and into PDP, which is the Progressive Degree Program. Essentially, PDP allows students with a good enough GPA to stay at USC and complete our master’s degrees in a reduced number of units and mix our undergrad and grad courses together during some semesters. It’s a really cool program that is a great guarantee of a master’s education, and it will let me stay right here at the school I love for another year (which means one more year of non-sanctioned football!!). It will also save me a LOT of money.

During this process, I realized that I could totally graduate in 4 years with my undergrad AND master’s degrees, which would be super legit, and my entire master’s would fall under my scholarship, so I would save more money than I care to think about. I don’t want to think about it, because after a lot of deliberation, I decided that I’d rather stretch out my college experience, because I really love it! I want to take it a little easier and take some fun classes along the way, and not make my senior year some adventure in difficulty and time management. Plus, if I stretch it out, I have more time to figure out exactly what I want to do with my degree, which is something I definitely need more, not less, time to figure out.

College is really flying past, and I basically I just want to take time and smell the roses.

To that end, some of the highlights of my next 5 semeseters:

Junior Year, Spring: Intro to Guitar!

Senior Year, Fall: SURFING!

Senior Year, Spring: USC’s most sought after class for seniors: Film Symposium (we get to watch movies before they’re released and critique them and talk to the creators!

Click the links to see related fun courses USC has! There is also the courses of interest list – that is AWESOME

Of course, I also get to take a lot of fun EE and BME classes along the way, and I’m excited to start taking master’s classes during the fall and spring of my senior year. It should give me some great experience!



I'm I'm a junior majoring in Biomedical Engineering (Electrical) at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, with a minor in Video Game Design & Management. ----- I am from Hartland, WI, which is a nice little town that is a lot different from Los Angeles! ----- Follow me on Twitter: @IAmWolfman ----- I am the chair of mentoring programs for the Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering (, and I am the president of Colleges Against Cancer (, which is the club that plans USC's Relay For Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. That basically sums up how I spend most of my free time, haha. Other than that, I love to play video games (which counts as productivity now that I have the minor!) and I am specifically fond of Dance Dance Revolution and I always have a standing open dance battle with anyone, anytime. Fun and nerdy, that's my style.

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