A Very Google-y Summer

Luz Camacho Computer Science, Internship, Luz, Students, Women In Engineering, Work Leave a Comment

In a short but albeit it very adventurous undergraduate professional career, I’ve had the privilege of spending each of my internships in unique locations. This summer was no different and I found myself driving up the entire west coast up to Seattle where I spent the summer on VR/AR team in Google Seattle! While I can’t say too much about …

My Biggest Takeaways From Freshman Year

Mahima Varanasi Computer Science, Uncategorized, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

The photo above was taken by my mom on Move-In Day. I was so excited and eager to start college. I also learned so much for about college, outside of my classes. Just remember that it’s all a learning process and learning takes time! Here’s what I learned through my first year at USC. 1) College is hard. And that’s …

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Empowering Women at Hackathons: AthenaHacks 2019

Lindsay Huan Computer Science, Involvement, Viterbi Orgs, Women In Engineering Leave a Comment

Happy AthenaHacks 2019! For those who don’t know, AthenaHacks is USC’s all-female (trans and non-binary inclusive) hackathon. This year, it took place at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center from April 6-7. We had over 500 attendees and 74 total projects submitted! As the design lead for the hackathon, I’m responsible for event branding, creating swag and making the graphics for …

Lessons From the World of Indie Games

Zachary Flores Computer Science, Internship, Video Games, Virtual Reality, Viterbi Summer, Why USC, Work, Zachary Leave a Comment

I can’t believe summer over and is school is starting back up already. I have a lot to look forward to this next semester, but before I start I thought it’d be good to reflect on the lessons that I learned from my internship making games this summer. I spent this summer working as a game engineer intern at independent …

Putting the A.I. in Hawaii!

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Aloha! This past weekend was one of the best weekends I’ve had in my four years of college. I attended the 2019 Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. I attended this conference last year in New Orleans, which was super fun. I had no expectations that this weekend would top that one, but it totally …

Shaking Up a New Semester

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College is a learning experience in more ways than one. Just as you will learn new things pertaining to your major everyday you will also begin uncovering new things about yourself. Which dining hall is your favorite, what food can you get away with eating exclusively for a whole week, how do you tackle laundry day in your new apartment …

Wrapping up my last fall semester!

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Thanksgiving break is a much needed rest from classes and there’s just something special about coming back to campus getting ready for the holidays. It’s still amazing to me that this is my last fall semester here. Here are some random thoughts about how my semester was and things I learned! The …

What’s Your Plus? How Engineering Plus Sold Me on USC

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One of the reasons I was so attracted to USC during the college admissions process was Dean Yortsos’ concept of Engineering Plus . This concept aims to show that Viterbi engineers are not just engineers who do boring engineer things; we have so much more to offer in other talents like art, design, theater, and writing. In addition, Engineering Plus …

Why I Chose Computer Engineering

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I’ve been asked a quite a few times over my college career why I decided to go into my major, Computer Engineering. The question comes from everywhere, friends, family, fellow peers, and even professionals. So I thought it useful to finally sit down and take a moment to reflect on my major and what made me choose it begin with. …

Stressed about picking a major? Don’t be!

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Many of you are probably reaching the point in the college application season that you are selecting — from a large dropdown list on the Common Application — the major you would like to study for the next four years. At a certain point, I was deciding between a BFA in sculpture, a B. Arch (architecture), and a BS in …

Surviving Midterm Season

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The month of October marks a half point for the fall semester and the beginning of one of the most dreaded times for any college student: midterm season. For an engineering students in particular it can be stressful time since that usually involves reviewing massive amounts of material while the regular beats of student life, like assignments, clubs, and classes, …

Computer Engineering: A Look Into Year Two

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The start of a new year marks the start of a fresh set of classes and perspectives. With my major requirements for Computer Engineering changing slightly with the introduction of a new class, I think it might be useful to take a look what my course load looks like this year! I am taking five courses this semester, with two …

Volunteering for extra credit? It’s more likely than you think

Zachary Flores Computer Science, Involvement, Service, Trojan Spirit, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Viterbi Plus, Zachary Leave a Comment

Over the Summer I taught at the CS@SC summer camp, teaching basic Computer Science concepts to middle school students through Scratch. The same professor that runs the camp annually is the professor for my software engineering class, CSCI 201. During one of the first lectures, he offered extra credit for signing up and teaching a mini course through USC’s Joint …

Back to school? Back to the grind!!!

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After an exciting summer of interning and catching up with all my friends from back home, I had a yearning for my home away from home. I missed all the late night chats with friends, spontaneous adventures to get random food at places I’ve never heard of, rallying for the Trojans on gameday, etc, etc, etc… This year, I’m living …

The Technology Behind the Magic: My Internship at Disney

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This past summer was the best summer of my life, and there is no doubt about that. For the past year or so, I wondered what it would be like to work for Disney, a company that many of us grew up loving. For a while, I thought of Disney in terms of Disneyland and those beautiful animated movies like …

Making Games for Directed Research!

Zachary Flores Computer Science, Major, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus, Zachary Leave a Comment

For the upcoming year I will be working as an engineer for an Augmented Reality rhythm game called Beatcaster! It is one of seven games picked to be developed in the USC Advanced Games Project (AGP) through the School of Cinematic Arts for the entire year. Most seniors studying Computer Science (Games) choose to work on one of these projects …

Starting Sophomore Year

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Going into my second year at USC, I’ll admit that I wasn’t too thrilled to start classes again. Summer had been a nice break of responsibility, and I was suddenly going to put plunged back into the thick of it. Adding to this dread was the fact that I was taking a group of notoriously challenging classes: CS 201, CS …

My Senior Year To-Do List

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I still catch myself stumbling over my words when I tell someone “oh yeah, I’m a senior!” Senior year is officially here and we are back on the grind. These first few weeks have already flown by so quickly, with classes, involvement fairs, and catching up with friends. This semester, I’m taking two grad classes, since I’m pursuing my Masters …

My Last Internship at Slack! What’s next?

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Highlights of summer 2018: enjoying a nice 60 degree summer, spending more on brunch and boba than I should have, interning at an amazing company (plus a trip to Six Flags!), and getting my first full-time job offer!! This summer, I was back at Slack in San Francisco for the second time, working as an engineering intern. I was back …

A Summer of Engineering

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Summer time! Most students would associate the season with long, hot days, beaches, ice cream parties, and quality time with friends. While I have gotten my fair share of “under the summer sun” time throughout the summer break, most of my summer has been comprised of three things: work, work, work (thank you for giving me a beat to read …