Being an RA is UnderRAted

Nathan Alvarez Dorm, Housing, Involvement, Nathan, Service, Work

My freshman year housing experience was awesome. I loved the easy access to my best friends’ rooms, my roommates were great, and finding study groups could not have been easier. I can’t imagine being happier than I was in my freshmen dorm- so now I’m doing it all over again, except as an RA. When my friends wanted to get …

Back to School: College Edition

Yingyu Sun Campus Events, Social & Diversity, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Yingyu 0 Comments

To all the new Trojans, welcome to the family! You’re in for a wild and amazing ride for the next four years, and you couldn’t have picked a better school. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re feeling a mix of excitement and back-to-school jitters — that was me before my freshman year! With only a few weeks before classes start, …

Welcome to Welcome Week

Shayna Goldberger Campus Events, Shayna 0 Comments

I remember moving into USC like it was yesterday…. even though it was 3 years ago (yikes). I was so excited to be at college, because like it’s college, and trying really hard to not also show how extremely terrified I was. Actual move in day was ridiculous because 1. meeting my new roommate 2. trying to actually move in …

No Fear in the New School Year

Natalie Monger Campus Events, Computer Science, Natalie, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Uncategorized, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering 0 Comments

I recently wrote a post where I gave 25 pieces of advice to incoming freshmen. Now that the start of the school year is getting closer, I thought I would share more advice that is relevant to the first few weeks of school for both incoming freshmen and returning students. Enjoy! Attend fun events during your first few weeks to …

Tracking the Old and Meeting the New: College Track Meets

Nathan Alvarez Campus Events, Free Time, Nathan, Sports, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Life 0 Comments

In high school, I was super involved with my cross-country and track and field teams, and that’s how I met some of my best friends. Suffering through long practices every day is a great way to bond with people, so that’s why I was so excited to hear that a couple of my old teammates were coming to race at …

Weekly Farmers’ Market

Aarya Suryavanshi Aarya, Campus Events, Service 0 Comments

Hello everybody! I hope this lovely Thursday evening is treating everyone well. Every Wednesday, USC has a farmers’ market on McCarthy Quad. The food is always delicious, the fruit is always fresh, and the people are always kind. Starting this semester, the farmers’ market will not give out plastic bags (hooray for the environment!) To help deal with this, the …

Music is One of the Many Reasons I Came to LA

frankie-2017 Best of LA, Frankie, Music, Uncategorized, Why USC 0 Comments

LA is one of the most interesting places I have visited and ultimately the reason I decided to come to school  here. “Why is it interesting ,” you might ask? Well for starters there is so much to do here: the beach, snowboard, hike, and most importantly see my favorite artists. Music has always been a passion of mine even …

Owning It: My Experience at an On-Campus Leadership Summit

Rhea Choudhury Campus Events, Free Time, Research, Rhea, Students, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus 0 Comments

This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending USC Own It, an on-campus, all-day leadership summit organized by some incredible USC students. Own It is actually a national organization, centered around empowering women to become leaders in their communities and respective career fields. A friend of mine had attended a similar event at Georgetown University while doing a semester …

The Excitement of Getting Accepted: into the Organization of your Dreams

anya-2017 Anya, Involvement, Service, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

Opening an email letting you know you’ve been accepted into the organization you’ve been waiting to hear from is one of the most exciting feelings. I experienced that excitement last Tuesday when I opened the email decisions for USC Troy Camp. Troy Camp is an incredible organization that works with local elementary schools and kids in the nearby communities. I …

Back at SC!

Aarya Suryavanshi Aarya, Apartment, Campus Events 0 Comments

Hello friends and family, I returned to USC yesterday! I gotta say, the place retained its charm well enough over the summer, even though I thought the heat would bake the beauty straight out. (It did not.) Anyways, right, I moved in yesterday! The day was a wee bit on the insane side, as I woke up at 4:30 AM …

Parkside Darkside?? 5 Reasons Why Reality Shatters Expectations

Jose Hernandez Industrial and Systems, Jose, Suite 0 Comments

After choosing USC, the next item on my to-do list was deciding which dorm I was going to live in. Needless to say, the process of picking a residence hall included many hours of online research, and combing through forums and blogs, which only resulted in more indecision. It seemed like there were endless options, and I wanted to find …

To T.O or Not to T.O, That is the Question

Shayna Goldberger Campus Events, Professional & Academic, Shayna, Viterbi Life, Why USC 0 Comments

Picture this: an economist, philosopher, cinematographer, and an engineer sit down to discuss the ethical and practical concerns of sending humans to Mars. No, this isn’t some weird riddle; this is my Friday 9 am discussion for my Thematic Option class (titled Searching for Life in the Universe: Mars and Beyond), and despite being on Fridays at 9 am it’s …

Top 6 Most Freshman Mistakes! #3 Will Blow Your Mind!

Michael Thorson Campus Events, Dorm, Michael, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs 0 Comments

What better way to share some advice with incoming freshman than by recapping some of my and my friend’s biggest and most classic Freshman mistakes in a Buzzfeed-esque list: Leaving my dorm door closed on move in day On move in day, after a hot day of lugging around suitcases and perfectly setting up your dorm, you, if you’re anything …

That Emotional First Month

Aarya Suryavanshi Aarya, Viterbi Life, Why USC 0 Comments

Here’s some mood music, because this blog post is about to get real. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLyDCtoqra8 Flush faced and eager eyed, I woke up to my first full day in my new dorm room. I was prepared to become best friends with everyone as soon as I met them. Unfortunately for me, this is not how human nature works. Naturally, I did …