I Can’t Imagine Not Fighting On

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It’s true; I really can’t. Just three years ago, I stepped foot onto USC’s campus for the second time, having been admitted to USC. (See little Nat below.) This week I'm doing a Q&A on my experience with USC's application process, student life, and resources. Q: Why did you ultimately decide to attend USC? A: This is a photo from …

Research at USC: How to Get It, Keep It, and Be Rewarded By It

Natalie Monger Athletics, Computer Science, Natalie, Research, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

Hello there, research hopefuls! If you are coming to USC interested in research, look no further than this How-To Guide! I’m in the research spirit right now: I’ve been meeting back-to-back with different research partners, comprehending papers on neural networks, and preparing to present some research at the AAAI conference next weekend. So let me splurge my secrets on how …

Best Workouts at USC and Setting Goals as an Engineer

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Happy New Year and new semester! The main goal I set for myself for spring 2018 is to get on a better fitness schedule. Since you all are probably starting your goals for the new year as well, I thought this would be a good chance to share some of my favorite workout places around USC and give tips on …

Neuroscience, Games, and Data in Dance

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

Many students coming to college for engineering want to know if it’s possible to take classes in other areas, or electives as we call them. My answer is always… YES! I wrote about an elective I took this semester, Future Cinema, during the middle of the semester, and I now want to write about two other electives I took as …

The Importance of Saying “Yes”

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

I cannot believe this semester is almost over. That means that 5/8 of my time here is almost complete. WOW. Today I want to write about the importance of saying “yes” to stepping out of your comfort zone. If there is one piece of advice I can give to you at this point in my life, it’s that constantly pushing …

Cheers to the Volunteers

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Service, Viterbi Class, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Plus

One of my favorite Audrey Hepburn quotes goes a little something like this: “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands–one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Audrey’s quote is a great summary of my experience at USC so far. Going through the college admissions process, picking a school, and starting my freshman year …

I “Study” Everywhere

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Hey guys!! I can’t believe it’s already a week into November! Most of my friends are past the midterms-hump now and I’m T-2 days away from joining them! October was a great month, super busy, but also really fun. I, of course, spent a significant amount of time perfecting the art of procrastination. You know how it goes. You’ve got …

Engineering the future: Where tech meets social good

Yingyu Sun Computer Science, Design Teams, Professional & Academic, Service, Viterbi Life, Viterbi Orgs, Yingyu

Hey guys! As usual, happy Friday! Midterm season is over and it’s finally feeling like fall here and I couldn’t be more excited. If you’re wondering what engineering students are doing now that they don’t have exams to study for, I have some cool news for you! Being an engineering student isn’t all about the homework assignments and the exams …

Experiencing the Trojan Family: A USC Education Reaches Beyond Your Coursework

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Today I want to write about some recent events I have been to (or put on myself) to show that a USC education isn’t just about attending classes, studying, and taking tests. In my opinion, it’s important to take advantage of these events. You may even make a connection for an internship or meet someone who is willing to help …

Future Cinema, Powerful Storytelling, and Superpowers

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This semester, I had some extra space in my schedule, so I decided to take an elective in the School of Cinematic Arts. Now that I’m a junior and have completed most of my core classes, I’m starting to dive into classes that are more specific to my interests. I am seriously loving my film school elective, Future Cinema (IML365). …

#ThroughHerEyes: From Elementary School to Viterbi

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Natalie, Why USC, Women In Engineering

One of my main role models, Melinda Gates, is asking girls in computer science to share their stories of how they got into computing with the hashtag #ThroughHerEyes. I thought I would share my story here with you all since a caption on social media can’t capture it fully. Here’s my story… As a child, I was fortunate that my …

Hello World! (Hehehe)

Namita Prakash Computer Science, Namita, Study, Viterbi Class, Why USC

Sophomore year so far has been WOW. It has been ridiculously intense in every way, and now midterm season is starting up. The nights are getting later, but everything about sophomore year has somehow still been even better than freshman year, and I think a huge reason for this are my two Computer Science classes. My CSCI 170 Discrete Methods …

Redefining the “Lab”: Research in CS

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Interested in research but don’t know where to start? Here’s some perspective into what research in computer science looks like at Viterbi! When I was in high school, I thought doing research in a laboratory meant wearing gloves, goggles, and a lab coat while mastering your pipette technique. So when I was a college freshman and I heard people talk …

Computer Science, Business, and Dance: How Viterbi is Helping Me Make Sense of My Passions

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Up until I entered USC, I thought of my two main passions, dance and computer science, as two separate entities. I have been programming since my sophomore year of high school, which led me to declare a major in Viterbi, and I have been dancing since I was three, so I picked up a minor in Kaufman to keep up …

Work Hard and Go Home: A Summer at Slack

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“Slack?” my mom asked me when I told her where I’d be interning for the summer. “What’s Slack?” Slack is one of the fastest growing enterprise software companies today, and a place where I’ve been fortunate enough to work for the past few months. At a company that values playfulness, empathy, and craftsmanship, I’ve been able to learn more about …

How to Navigate the Internship Search

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When the fall semester begins, so does the hunt for a summer internship. From talking to recruiters to prepping for interviews, there’s a lot going on during these few months. Here’s a few things I’ve learned about landing your next internship at an up and coming tech company! Like most people will say, it’s never too early. You can start …

List of Grace Hopper Scholarships for CS Girls

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Last October, I attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston, Texas. It was such a fun opportunity. I networked with representatives from some of the world’s top tech companies, attended seminars, and, best of all, met other girls in engineering. I think Grace Hopper is one of the best places for women to network and search …

Hackathon 101: A Survival Guide

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Welcome to the world of hackathons! For those of you just discovering the excitement of hackathons, here’s some more information to get rid of the myths that hackers are mysterious techies working for secret government organizations. In reality, hackathons are prime opportunities to create, build and innovate over the span of two days. With a number of technical workshops to attend, …